NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Bryce Harper Signs Monster Endorsement Deal With Under Armour

It’s been reported that Washington Nationals‘ Bryce Harper has agreed to an historic endorsement deal. It’s a multi-year extension with Under Armour. The 10-year contract is the largest endorsement deal for a Major League Baseball player.
Via Hot Stove MLB
56 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Fliegel: Slow starts nothing new for Zimmerman - Nationals Buzz

Ryan Zimmerman had what you might call a poor April. Of course, he's not the only one on the team that did, but after two disappointing and injury-prone seasons, there is some worry that maybe he isn't a very good hitter anymore. However, it's not time to worry about Zimmerman, ... Read More
Via MASN
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher throws wildest pitch of the season after umpire calls time out

Tanner Roark allowed three runs over 7.1 innings in a strong start for the Washington Nationals Tuesday and would have picked up a win had closer Jonathan Papelbon not blown a save in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the third, Roark unintentionally tossed a souvenir into the stands. Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson asked for time a split-second before Roark began his motion, and by...
Via Fox Sports
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Revere plays nine innings with Syracuse, nearing return to Nats - Byron Kerr

Ben Revere had his longest rehab outing this season Tuesday, going 1-for-5 with a single, in Triple-A Syracuse's 8-3 win over Rochester. The nine innings by Revere were more than he had played since joining the Chiefs. Revere had played several games of five or seven innings as he attempts ... Read More
Via MASN
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Papelbon Blows Save, Allows 3 in 9th as Nats Lose

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was hard to tell who’d been slumping more lately: Lorenzo Cain or the Kansas City Royals. With one swing of the bat, Cain may have gotten both of them on track. The All-Star outfielder capped a three-run ninth inning with a two-out single to left Tuesday night, bringing home Mike Moustakas and giving the Royals a 7-6 victory over the Washington Nationals...
Via CBS DC
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Despite an 18-8 record, the Nationals offense has been inconsistent

KANSAS CITY — Despite Tuesday’s gut-punch loss following Jonathan Papelbon’s ninth-inning implosion, the Nationals are 18-8. Their defense has been solid and their pitching has been dominant. But their offense has been inconsistent — even though they notched seven extra-base hits against the Royals in the 7-6 loss. Including Tuesday’s game, the Nationals rank 11th out […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Nationals minor league affiliate to play rare tripleheader

Here's something you don't see every day. The Single-A Potomac Nationals, an affilliate of the Washington Nationals, will play three games on Wednesday in a
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Bryce Harper signs historic Under Armour deal

Bryce Harper just got paid. Not by the Washington Nationals but by Under Armour. The reigning NL MVP reportedly signed a 10-year extension with the sports apparel giant that is believed to be the largest endorsement deal in history for a baseball player, a source told ESPN’s Darren Rovell. The deal was announced Tuesday by Under Armour. Harper shared the news via his Instagram...
Via The Sports Daily
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Five Takeaways from the Nationals/Cardinals Series

Washington did not enter the St. Louis series on a high note. The offense hadn’t plated a run in 20-ish innings and the club had just been swept by the rebuilding Phillies (although, in fairness to Philadelphia, that club looks an awful lot better than many expected them to be). The Nationals’ struggles at Busch are well documented: prior to this sweep, the club was 6-24...
Via Baseball Essential
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Gonzalez, Nationals blank Royals 2-0 to win 4th straight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Gio Gonzalez and the Washington bullpen combined on a five-hitter, Ryan Zimmerman and Daniel Murphy drove in first-inning runs and the Nationals beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 on Monday night. Gonzalez (2-1) scattered four hits and a pair of walks over six innings in his latest smooth start. He's only allowed four earned runs combined in his first five outings...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Minor League Stat Leaders (5/2)

As we do every year, normally on a weekly basis, we will update our readers on the current statistical leaders in the Washington Nationals minor league system. Of the minor league teams, Syracuse Chiefs (AAA), Harrisburg Senators (AA), Potomac Nationals (A), and Hagerstown Suns (A) all have started their 2016 seasons. The lower system affiliates, Auburn Doubledays (Low A) and GCL...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Marty Niland: Nationals pitchers showing no need for DH role - Nationals Buzz

When the Nationals visit the Kansas City Royals tonight, manager Dusty Baker will pencil a designated hitter into his lineup for the first time this season. But even playing in an American League park, Baker might actually think twice before he doing so. Most Nationals fans could sense that Joe ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Jayson Werth gave a signed bat to a little girl in a Cardinals jersey

Jayson Werth’s generosity extends as far as his brown locks. After going 2 for 3 with four RBI and a three-run home run on Saturday in St. Louis, the veteran outfielder handed a signed bat to a young Cardinals fan he communicated with throughout the Nationals’ 6-1 win. In a postgame interview, Werth told MASN reporter Dan Kolko why […]
Via DC Sports Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals beat Cardinals 6-1 to complete weekend sweep

ST. LOUIS -- Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings to beat his hometown team for the first time, and the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory Sunday.Clint Robinson and Danny Espinosa hit back-to-back home runs in the seventh inning, providing the power for Washington on a day when NL MVP Bryce Harper struck out all four...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Michael A. Taylor, Ryan Zimmerman off in Sunday’s lineup

ST. LOUIS — As the Nationals look to sweep the Cardinals, Manager Dusty Baker gave Ryan Zimmerman and Michael A. Taylor days off Sunday. Matt den Dekker will start in center field and lead off instead, and Clint Robinson will start at first base. Zimmerman had played eight straight games. This will be his fifth day […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Strasburg’s Hot Streak Continues, Nats Top Cards

ST. LOUIS — Stephen Strasburg struck out nine including seven of eight in one stretch and the Washington Nationals got home runs from Michael Taylor and Danny Espinosa in a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Taylor’s second leadoff homer of the year ended a 22-inning scoreless drought for the Nationals. Espinosa’s first of the season was a two-run shot...
Via CBS DC
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper looks back at career on four-year anniversary of debut

A 19-year-old Bryce Harper made his MLB debut for the Washington Nationals four years ago to the day on Thursday. To help mark the anniversary, the reigning NL MVP took some time to reflect upon his rapid rise to becoming arguably the best player in baseball. While many experts and pundits projected very big things for Harper ever since he was touted as baseball’s “Next Big...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals pitcher's daughter fills out lineup card for Take Your Kid To Work Day

In honor of Take Your Kid To Work Day, the Washington Nationals let Tanner Roark's daughter, Madison, fill out the lineup card with her dad on the mound. She did a solid job, specifically with regards to making it look like a Drake album cover -- because obviously that's what she was going for. Hats off to Madison for getting the spelling right on Ryan Zimmerman and Danny Espinosa...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper will play in 2017 WBC … on one condition

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper arguably is the best player in baseball at the moment, so it obviously would be a major coup if those in charge of the U.S. team could convince him to play in next year’s World Baseball Classic. Harper recently indicated he’d love to play for his country in the upcoming global tournament, but only under one condition: The team has...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nationals’ Hot Start Has Had Some Help

I feel like I just wrote this recently somewhere, but I guess I’ll write it again. In baseball, people don’t pay too much attention to strength of schedule. In part this is because numbers aren’t easy to come by. In probably larger part, this is because strengths tend to mostly even out. That’s true over full seasons, for sure, but there’s no reason it should be true over...
Via Fangraphs
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Park netting stops busted bat from flying into seats

The extended netting installed at Nationals Park once again saved the day when it prevented Cesar Hernandez’s broken bat from flying into the stands. During the top of the 7th inning of Wednesday's game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies, a pitch from Gio Hernandez got in a bit on the Phillies second baseman’s hands, breaking the bat and sending a huge...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Name That Pitcher: Present Rich Hill or Peak Max Scherzer?

As I begin writing this post, the three most-searched names in the FanGraphs search bar are Jake Arrieta, Rich Hill, and Clayton Kershaw, or, the three greatest pitchers in baseball. I kid. Mostly. Hill faced a righty-heavy Tigers lineup in Detroit last night and threw seven shutout innings while striking out eight, walking none, and allowing just four hits. It’s the kind of start...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

That Day Tanner Roark Was Out of His Mind

About eight years ago, Tanner Roark was pitching in the independent Frontier League after his college team released him. He had an ERA greater than 20.00 in three games. Then the Rangers drafted him, traded him to the Nationals, and he switched to throwing only two-seamers as his main fastball. A few years later, he put up a three-win, 198-inning season, and now — after largely unsuccessfu...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Chris Heisley's homer ends 16 inning Nats-Twins game

Bryce Harper got the day off for the Washington Nationals… until the bottom of the ninth inning. Trailing 4-3, Nationals manager Dusty Baker (obviously) had Harper pinch-hit, and to the surprise of no one, Harper came through with a game-tying homer (and MLB-leading ninth homer): Harper was then replaced by Chris Heisey on defense for the top of the 10th inning, leaving the...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oliver Perez two-out bunt helps tie game (VIDEO)

It’s not ideal for a team to send up a relief pitcher to the plate down by a run and down to the last out. But when you’ve run out of position players in the 15th inning, desperate times call for desperate measures. Enter lefty Oliver Perez, with his Nationals behind 5-4 to visiting Minnesota. Danny Espinosa stole second early in the at-bat — hoping Perez (and his .158 career...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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