Max Scherzer rescues a no-hitter jersey his wife tossed in the trash

In a version of the phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” Max Scherzer’s wife apparently tossed out what she thought was a useless, grubby item. Turned out it was quite the treasured piece of memorabilia: the jersey the Nationals’ pitcher wore when he hurled his second no-hitter last season. Wife was cleaning up the […]
Via DC Sports Blog
3 hours ago

Mike Rizzo likens Game 5 crowd at Nats Park to Game 7 of 2001 World Series

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo and his front office staff entered “2017 mode” immediately after the Nationals’ season ended with a loss to the Dodgers in Game 5 of their National League Division Series on Oct. 13. Rizzo called the series a “great matchup” and praised the crowd at Nationals Park for the deciding game during an interview […]
Via DC Sports Blog
7 hours ago

Right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett becomes a free agent

Right-handed reliever Aaron Barrett cleared outright waivers this week, chose not to accept an assignment to Class AAA Syracuse, and will become a free agent instead. The Nationals announced the move Wednesday. Though Barrett could re-join the Nationals on a minor league deal, his tenure with the organization could be over, an unceremonious ending to […]
Via Nationals Journal
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Murphy and Scherzer named to Sporting News NL All-Star team - Byron Kerr

Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and starting pitcher Max Scherzer have been named to the 2016 Sporting News National League All-Star team, announced Wednesday. It was Murphy's first-ever selection, while Scherzer was also honored in 2013 on the American League team. The 2016 team was chosen by a panel of ... Read More
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

A unique international signing: Yadiel Hernandez

As the Washington Nationals’ season hurtled toward its mid-October halt, the organization quietly broke character for a moment, though no one took much notice. Late in September, the Nationals agreed to sign 29-year-old Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez to a minor league deal, an uncommon foray into the bloated Cuban market they usually avoid. “We thought […]
Via Nationals Journal
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mike Rizzo on his mindset following Game 5 loss in NLDS

The Nationals general manager joined the Sports Junkies Wednesday for the first time since his team lost in the NLDS, and talked about how proud he was of his roster for competing.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
14 hours ago

Midseason adjustment for lefty Crownover led to surge into postseason - Byron Kerr

Left-hander Matthew Crownover made a mechanical adjustment this season that turned things around for him after a shaky start. In his last five starts, he allowed only six runs in 30 innings. During that span, he walked six batters and struck out 30 hitters. High Single-A Potomac manager Tripp Keister ... Read More
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

A financial breakdown of the Nationals’ upcoming offseason

Barring unexpected seismic offseason activity, the Nationals’ core will remain intact for 2017. That core claimed the National League East title with 95 victories to advance to the club’s third postseason in five years. It’s one of the best cores in baseball. This winter, therefore, is about tinkering around the foundation. Washington has eight impending free […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Drew Ward hitting well after two weeks in Arizona Fall League - Byron Kerr

The Glendale Desert Dogs came up a bit short in week two of their Arizona Fall League play, culminating in a 10-8 loss to Surprise on Saturday. Glendale is now 3-8 and trails Peoria by six games in the West division. It was a tough day for right-hander Austin Voth, ... Read More
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Place Aaron Barrett On Outright Waivers

The Nationals have placed righty Aaron Barrett on outright waivers, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post writes. Barrett would have been eligible for arbitration this offseason as a Super Two (and was projected to make a mere $700K), but the Nats have elected not to take him through that process. The 28-year-old Barrett had Tommy John surgery late in the 2015 campaign. Late this...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
3 days ago

Report: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg will not need surgery

The Washington Nationals may have been eliminated from the playoffs earlier than they wanted, but at least they have some good news this offseason. According to The Washington Post, neither Bryce Harper nor Stephen Strasburg will need surgery this offseason. Though Harper never officially was diagnosed with an injury — or at least that the public knows about — there was a report...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Stephen Strasburg expected to be ready for spring training

The Washington Nationals missed Stephen Strasburg at the end of the 2016 regular season and through the playoffs. But the star pitcher will be back in 2017. Stephen Strasburg expected to have a normal throwing schedule this offseason and be ready for spring training, Scott Boras said. @MLB — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) October 20, 2016 This is certainly good news for the Nationals...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals bring back all 7 members of coaching staff for '17

WASHINGTON (AP) All seven members of Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker's major league coaching staff will return to the team for the 2017 season. The team made the announcement on Twitter on Thursday. Among the coaches sticking around for next season: pitching coach Mike Maddux, hitting coach Rick Schu, bench coach Chris Speier, first base coach Davey Lopes and third base...
Via Associated Press
6 days ago  |  Discuss

For 3rd time in 5 years, Nats must move on from NLDS exit

WASHINGTON (AP) Jayson Werth knew this season's NL Division Series defeat following a division title felt different from the same scenarios that played out for the Washington Nationals a couple of other times recently. How so? ''I don't know,'' the team's left fielder said, then repeated that phrase in a silent, somber clubhouse in the early hours of Friday after a 4-3 loss to...
Via Associated Press
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker throws shade at Dodgers after Game 5 loss

Dusty Baker was on the losing side of one of the most exciting postseason games in recent memory, and the man wasn't exactly magnanimous after the defeat. Following his Washington Nationals' 4-3 Game 5 loss to the Dodgers, Baker didn't strictly applaud his opponents and the gutsy maneuvering of opposing manager Dave Roberts. Instead, he pointed out the downside to Roberts' moves...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Dave Roberts: Clayton Kershaw asked for the ball in 9th

Clayton Kershaw undid the narrative about him supposedly not being a good playoff pitcher by coming up clutch in the NLDS and closing out the Washington Nationals on short rest in Game 5. And according to Dave Roberts, pitching two days after making a start on short rest was all Kershaw’s idea. “Come the eighth inning, Clayton came to me and said he feels great. If Kenley...
Via Larry Brown Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats' Baker says Strasburg wouldn't be available for NLCS

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals manager Dusty Baker says injured right-hander Stephen Strasburg would not be available for the NL Championship Series if Washington were to advance. Baker says ''it would be a miracle'' if Strasburg progressed enough to be able to pitch in the NLCS. Baker spoke Thursday before Washington hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in a win-or-go-home Game 5 of their...
Via Associated Press
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa Got Hit By a Strike

Coming into the NLDS, Dusty Baker took a good number of questions about the shortstop position. Danny Espinosa finished the year in a hell of a slump, but as Baker said to the media, he didn’t really have any other options. Espinosa was and is the best shortstop on the roster, and you have to give him one thing: for all of his flaws, there might be no one better at getting hit...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

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