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NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

The NL’s Richest Arms Finally Get into Win Column

Finally. Major League Baseball’s two highest paid pitchers got into the win column Friday night. Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw showed why they are both $200-million pitchers, and the clear cut National League Cy Young candidates of 2015. Max Scherzer was the most sought after free agent in baseball this offseason. The 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner had a 2014 campaign...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Hits Three-Run Blast, Celebrates with Hair Flip

Bryce Harper wasted no time in making an impact in the Nationals’ Friday night game against the Philadelphia Phillies. With two men on in the first, Harper blasted a three-run home run to center field off Sean O’Sullivan. The blast gave the Nats an early 3-0 lead. Harper has been off to a hot start. That was Harper's first 3-run homer in more than a year. His last one was...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What If Tom Brady Played Baseball?

New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady is fresh off his fourth Super Bowl Championship and his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award. The 37-year-old is no closer to retirement now than he was five years ago. Brady appears to be as a fine wine and just getting better with age, but did you know Tom Brady was almost a professional baseball player? Tom Brady is perhaps the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper nearly runs past Jayson Werth, runs through stop sign, to score from first

Run until they tag you... The best part of Ryan Zimmerman's two-run double in the 6th inning of Thursday night's 5-2 win over the Phillies? That would be Bryce Harper scoring from first, nearly passing Jayson Werth in the process, and running through third base coach Bob Henley's inexplicable stop sign: (Screencap via MLB.TV video. Vine by @bencelestino)
Via Nationals Enquirer
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Nearly Runs over Jayson Werth Running Bases

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run double in the sixth of the Nationals 5-2 win over the Phillies, scoring both Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth. Aside from extending the Nationals lead, Zimmerman’s double nearly cause a problem. Bryce Harper only knows one way to play baseball and that’s hard and fast. His speed is one to marvel over. He displayed that speed running from first home...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Yunel Escobar’s Check-Swing Bat Flip is a Thing of Beauty

Sorry, Jose Bautista, but your strong bat flip after a drawn walk is no longer my favorite flip of the early season. That honor now goes to the Nationals’ Yunel Escobar, who came up with this unique bat flip off a check swing against the Phillies: This embed is invalid" />   If anything, the bat flip just makes Escobar look even more guilty of swinging...
Via Busted Coverage
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor and Zimmerman power the Nationals past the Phillies

Rookie Michael Taylor continues to impress, hitting his second home run of the season, to give the Nats a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning, a lead they would not relinquish.  Filling in for injured centerfielder Denard Span, Taylor went 1 for 2 and raised his season batting average to a solid .282. Ryan Zimmerman added a two run double in the sixth inning to pad the Nats lead to 5-2...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Stammen needs surgery, could miss rest of season

WASHINGTON -- Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm that requires surgery and could force him to miss the rest of the season. Manager Matt Williams gave the new Thursday after Stammen had an MRI. The operation has not yet been scheduled. ''Depends on the extent of the damage,'' Williams said of Stammen's chance of missing the season...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Stammen needs forearm surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has a torn flexor tendon in his right forearm that requires surgery and could force him to miss the rest of the season. Manager Matt Williams gave the new Thursday after Stammen had an MRI. The operation has not yet been scheduled. ''Depends on the extent of the damage,'' Williams said of Stammen's chance of missing the...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals reliever Craig Stammen needs surgery

Washington Nationals reliever Craig Stammen has been diagnosed with a flexor tear in his forearm following an MRI and will need surgery, manager Matt Williams said today. Williams told reporters Stammen could miss the remainder of the season, which would be a bad blow to an already-think and struggling bullpen. Stammen, 31, has thrown at least 72 innings each of the last three seasons...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span Continues Rehab Assignment In Hagerstown Tonight

Denard Span will continue his rehab assignment in Hagerstown Thursday night. The outfielder played in seven innings on Tuesday night for the Harrisburg Senators. Span, currently on the DL after right core surgery in the offseason, is expected to play a full nine innings for the Suns tonight and, if all goes well, could be back in the capital by the end of the weekend. The Washington...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Explaining the Washington Nationals’ slow start

Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports The Washington Nationals were all but crowned World Series Champions before the season started, but hold on, they currently sit at 2-6. A team this good surely isn’t that bad, are they? What could be the reason? It just really doesn’t make sense when you have the best rotation in baseball, and arguably the best all around staff in baseball. 1...
Via Sports-Glory
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats place RHP Stammen on 15-day DL

BOSTON (AP) The Washington Nationals have placed right-hander Craig Stammen on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with right forearm stiffness. To take his place on the roster, the club recalled 26-year old right-hander Taylor Jordan from Triple-A Syracuse. The 31-year old Stammen appeared in five games - all in relief - without allowing a run in four innings. Manager Matt Williams...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

It gets worse

Blake Treinen and the Nats made a mess of things in the 7th Red Sox 8, Nationals 7: 7-5 lead turns into 8-7 deficit in nightmare 7th courtesy of three errors, two HBP and an RBI groundout. Hard to believe that after Monday's Fenway Park debacle, which Matt Williams declared to be "As bad as you can get", it could get worse for the Nationals. But on Tuesday night, it...
Via Nationals Enquirer
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Roundup: I’m Not Worried About Strasburg

After an average first outing to begin the season (against the Mets) Stephen Strasburg looked to bounce back in Boston. However, the opposite happened and he got lit up for five earned runs in 5.1 innings. He didn’t have command of his secondary pitches for most of the game, and the quality of his secondary pitches was low; the changeup was straight and the curveball was flat...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Washington Nationals aren’t this bad, right?

Through seven games, the National League standings are a mess. The 6-1 Braves, roundly projected to finish fourth in the NL East, are doubling up their opposition on the season. The always erratic Colorado Rockies are 5-2 – and are 4-0 on the road, always a challenging task for them. After rolling through the bulk of the rest of the league, hovering around the .500 mark, you get...
Via The Outside Corner
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Williams on a Dreadful Defensive Day

Matt Williams wasn’t a happy camper after yesterday’s loss at Fenway Park. It wasn’t so much the final score – Boston won 9-4 – it was the manner in which it transpired. The Nationals played defense like they were allergic to horsehide. A pair of sky-high fly balls were allowed to fall untouched. Ground balls […]
Via Fangraphs
4 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals Are Horrible

I can say this right now.The worst defensive game I ever saw. #Nats #Nationals #MLB — William Ladson (@washingnats) April 13, 2015 What would make William Ladson, who has covered the Nationals franchise since 2002, tweet that during Monday’s Nats-Red Sox game? Well, how about this: Or maybe THIS from the SAME INNING: Or maybe it was Ian Desmond’s fifth error in seven...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Does Major League Baseball Have a Tommy John Problem?

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) throws during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Thursday, April 9, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) With a 162 game regular season, that spans the better portion of a calendar year, it’s only natural that major league baseball players go through their fair share...
Via The Sports Journal
6 days ago  |  Discuss

On Ian Desmond’s Defense & Walk Year

Ian Desmond turns 30 this coming September. “Hey, let me run out and get him a funny card about how he’s over the hill!” you might say, not realizing that’s actually not funny for baseball players. This is noteworthy because Desmond is in the last year of a contract with the Washington Nationals, and is a player who provides power at a […]
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals sued for religious discrimination

The Washington Nationals were hit with a $300,000 federal religious discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday. The complaint – available here – alleges that the team illegally discriminated against three former ushers – all Seventh-day Adventists – due to their religious beliefs. Although the team allowed the men to miss games during the 2013 season in order to […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Easter Bunny lays the lumber during Nationals Presidents Race (Video)

For the second time in two years, the Easter Bunny has interfered with the Washington Nationals’ Presidents Race and affected the outcome. During Opening Day at Nationals Park on Monday, the Easter Bunny came flying out of nowhere to deliver a blow to the head of George Washington. As you can see, the Easter Bunny...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Top D.C. Power Brokers are Regulars at Nationals Park

It appears that the thing to do following a long day on the Beltway in D.C. is to attend a Washington Nationals game. The Nationals, who relocated from Montreal and became the first MLB team in the nation’s capital since 1971, are among the best teams in the sport. Despite the team’s success, it still hasn’t earned that elusive World Series title. This hasn’t stopped some...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Washington to host 2018 MLB All-Star game

According to multiple media sources, the nation’s capital will be announced on Monday as the host to the 2018 MLB all Star Game.  It would be the first time Washington DC has hosted an All Star Game in 49 years.  It will also be the fourth consecutive National League club to host an All Star Game.   Overall, it will be the fifth All Star Game in Washington. New MLB Commissioner...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Bryce Harper finally primed for that breakout campaign?

It seems like every year, the baseball world discusses the possibility of that particular season serving as a breakout campaign for Bryce Harper. And it seems like every year, by his own design (read: playing like his hair is on fire) or otherwise, Harper has found a way to let us down. Could this year be different? Is it time for Harper to become the superstar we were all promised...
Via The Outside Corner
15 days ago  |  Discuss
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