NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Five Takeaways from the Washington Nationals-New York Mets Series

Jayson Werth looks good hitting second, and the Nationals offense remains an enigma Werth has a lot to offer as a hitter, even if his low batting average doesn’t yet show it. He admitted he preferred hitting higher in the order. He sees a lot of pitches. He fouls off a lot of pitches. He draws walks and is an excellent baserunner (and he’s a career 80 percent base-stealer, too...
Via Baseball Essential
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Revere and Rendon ignite offense in Nats 8-2 dispatch of Marlins - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon were expected to be the igniters at the top of the order to begin the season for the Nationals offense. But Revere missed 27 games with a strained right oblique and Rendon got off to a cold start. Revere returned to the lineup ... Read More
Via MASN
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Behind strong Scherzer start, Nationals top Marlins on Sunday

MIAMI (AP) -- Max Scherzer eased up on the strikeouts but allowed only two runs in eight innings Sunday to help the Washington Nationals beat
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Wilson Ramos’ free agent prospects hinge on his health and the market

It’s cynical, but not irrelevant, to take Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos’s pending free agency into account when examining his solid start to the 2016 season. It’s a natural reaction to the potential of receiving guaranteed life-changing money that the motivation will be high to be as good as he possibly can as he goes onto the free agent market. With Ramos, the...
Via Today's Knuckleball
5 hours ago

Nationals bullpen, recently steady, may be getting reinforcement soon

MIAMI — Reliever Matt Belisle, healthy after the calf strain he suffered in late April, did not want to go on a minor league rehab assignment. He lobbied with Nationals Manager Dusty Baker not to do so, thinking he could just throw a few simulated games and be ready to go. His, er, pitch was unsuccessful, so he […]
Via Nationals Journal
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Jose Fernandez too much for Nationals in 3-2 loss

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports WriterMIAMI (AP) Jose Fernandez pitched six innings and then led the dugout celebration as Miami made him a winner again at
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Harper says his jersey being auctioned is not as advertised

MIAMI (AP) An auction house says it is offering the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his memorable dugout fight with a teammate. He says they've got the wrong shirt. Harper said Saturday he still has the jersey in question. The website Lelands.com says it's taking bids for the jersey the reigning NL MVP wore during his fight last September with closer Jonathan Papelbon, who drew...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Auction site says it's selling Bryce Harper fight jersey

The website for an auction house that specializes in sports memorabilia says it is offering the Washington Nationals jersey Bryce Harper was wearing on the day he and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into a dugout dustup last season. A listing on Lelands.com shows an item it calls ''Bryce Harper signed game worn jersey from the Papelbon fight (MLB authentic).'' As of 11 a.m. EDT Saturday...
Via Associated Press
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Zimmerman and Werth continue uptick at plate - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - This may be the time of year when things turn the right way for slugger Ryan Zimmerman. On Friday night, he made another statement that his power swing may be coming back. Zimmerman's loud solo shot over the left-center field wall opened the scoring for the Nationals as ... Read More
Via MASN
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Dusty Baker sees ‘renewed life’ in Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ oldest player

MIAMI — Jayson Werth was not particularly interested in birthday jokes Friday. Some came his way anyway, though, as the Nationals’ oldest player turned 37. Dusty Baker asked him how he’s played on his birthday over the years. Werth told him he didn’t recall. But Werth’s birthday became relevant Friday night, because recently, he has looked […]
Via Nationals Journal
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Dusty Baker Compares Daniel Murphy to Baseball Legends

WASHINGTON — If the hot streak that Daniel Murphy is on–and has been on for almost a full calendar year–continues, the Washington Nationals will have done more than just filled a hole in free agency. They may have acquired one of the best hitters in a long time. But for now, they’ll settle for enjoying one of the best-sustained performances in the history of the game. In...
Via CBS DC
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Jersey Harper wore during fight with Papelbon now up for auction

You can now own a unique piece of Washington Nationals history, as the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon last September
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Danny Espinosa’s Fu Manchu was made to be a bobblehead

I have gone to two Nats game as a paying customer this season. One was Teddy Roosevelt window cling night, and one was Bryce Harper bobblehead night. I’m planning on going to another upcoming game. It’s Max Scherzer bobblehead night. This implies that I might like acquiring  toys more than watching world-class athletes compete against […]
Via DC Sports Blog
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Max Scherzer Makes Young Mets Fan’s Day

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have had an impressive start to the season in the heartwarming stories department, with starting pitcher Max Scherzer the latest to contribute. While tossing the ball around before Wednesday’s game at Citi Field, Scherzer spotted a young Mets fan, with a glove, along the fence line. So he threw him the ball. The boy threw it back, and Scherzer returned...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy, Nationals’ hitting machine, refuses to come back down to earth

NEW YORK — When Daniel Murphy was hitting over .400 after the first three weeks of the season, it was inevitable to ask, “Can he keep this up?” It was early but Murphy was a career .288 hitter entering the season and fresh off his Ruthian display in the playoffs. Three more weeks later, Murphy is […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Strasburg sharp as Nationals rough up Matt Harvey

NEW YORK -- Unbeaten Stephen Strasburg struck out 10, Daniel Murphy homered against his old team and Bryce Harper finally got a hit off shaky Matt Harvey as the Washington Nationals routed the New York Mets 9-1 on Thursday night.Slumping Ben Revere singled to start a seven-run burst in the third inning and capped it with a two-run triple for a 9-1 lead, chasing Harvey and sending...
Via Associated Press
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Max Scherzer plays catch with young Mets fan before game (VIDEO)

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took some time to connect with a young Mets fan before Wednesday’s game. The young boy was seated in the outfield, and, judging by the tweet his dad sent the following morning, Scherzer really made the kid’s day. Video has now surfaced which shows the cool gesture by Scherzer. Check it out below. @Max_Scherzer TY for having a catch...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Leadoff woes should lead to lineup shake-up

The Washington Nationals are getting absolutely nothing out of the top spot of the order. By getting on base and disrupting the pitcher’s rhythm, the leadoff hitter is crucial for setting the tone for the rest of the lineup. But the Nats’ two main leadoff hitters, Ben Revere and Michael Taylor, have just been rolling over as automatic outs. Revere and Taylor have combined to...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Juan Lagares makes incredible over-the-shoulder catch

Ever since Yoenis Cespedes joined the New York Mets, the role of Juan Lagares has lessened. But with the chance to start in center field on Wednesday, he showed why he was so worthy of the Gold Glove he earned in 2014. With Daniel Murphy up in the top of the seventh, the former Met (and current National) hit a drive to the deepest part of Citi Field — seemingly over Lagares...
Via The Sports Daily
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Marvel goes to Washington: Comparing Nationals to superheroes

With both the Washington Nationals and Captain America: Civil War dominating their standings (the NL East and the box office, respectively), I thought it would be fun to compare the members of the Nats’ roster to their superhero counterparts. Bryce Harper: Deadpool Like Deadpool, Harper is the extremely talented young guy who has taken the baseball world by storm. The old guard...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether the habit is worth flouting a law and potentially bringing unwanted attention a player...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds: Bryce Harper needs to steal more bases

Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history (whether or not his performance was enhanced), and that hitting prowess led to him getting intentionally walked a fair bit. His 688 career intentional free passes are more than twice as many as the player in second place on the all-time list, Albert Pujols (who has *just* 297). Bryce Harper got the Bonds treatment in...
Via The Comeback
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Collision leads to inside-the-park home run for Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman hit an inside-the-park home run against the Marlins on Sunday, but what led to it could have had disastrous results for Miami. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Zimmerman came up to bat with the Nationals down 2-0. With a full count, Zimmerman hit a line drive off of Jose Fernandez that headed to the gap in right field. Racing towards the ball, Marcell Ozuna and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Pick Up Mike Rizzo’s Option Years

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals picked up the contract option for Mike Rizzo that keeps the president of baseball operations and general manager with the organization through the 2018 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the Washington Post reports that the deal will pay $2.5 million annually through 2018. The Nationals exercised the option before the June...
Via CBS DC
7 days ago  |  Discuss
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