Nationals Rumors & News

  • Jordan Zimmermann issues farewell to Nationals fans ahead of free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "The Nationals put together among the more talented starting rotations in Major League Baseball this season. However, it appears the unit will not look the same when the 2016 season gets underway. Jordan Zimmermann is eligible to be a free agent at season’s end and is expected to test the open..." October 06

  • Mets finish regular season with a win and serious offensive worries

    New York Post "Ninety wins for the Mets — and time to hit the reset button. After slumping over the last week, the Mets finally got a victory Sunday, using Curtis Granderson’s eighth-inning home run to beat the Nationals 1-0 at Citi Field. The Mets (90-72) reached the victory plateau that general manager..." October 05

  • Nationals manager: Cal Ripken Jr. sexy choice, Bud Black more likely

    CBS Sports "There's going to be a lot of speculation about Cal Ripken Jr. becoming the next Nationals manager after the Nats fired Matt Williams on Monday. Ripken is a huge star, he earned that star only across the Beltway in Baltimore, he is very smart and thoughtful, he interviewed for the job two years..." October 05

  • Nats expected to consider Cal Ripken for the manager job

    Hardball Talk "FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals are expected to consider Cal Ripken Jr. for their managerial vacancy. Ripken, of course, was recently reported to have been considered by the club the last time the job was open. This could be a courtesy. And if you’re a Nats fan, you have to..." October 05

  • Nationals fire Matt Williams after two seasons

    Washington Post "After a tumultuous and disappointing 2015 season, the Washington Nationals have fired Manager Matt Williams with a year remaining on his contract. The entire coaching staff was also fired. Expected to repeat as National League East champions and contend for their first World Series title, the..." October 05

  • Nationals’ Max Scherzer throws no-hitter with 17Ks vs. Mets

    Washington Post "In his final start of 2015, Max Scherzer became the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in a season since Nolan Ryan in 1973 and just the fifth in major league history. And he did it with dominance, striking out 17 New York Mets in a 2-0 win, including nine of the final 10 batters he..." October 04

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    Chelsea Janes @chelsea_janes

    Nationals in game one: Rendon 2B, Escobar 3B, Harper CF, Werth LF, Robinson 1B, Desmond SS, Den Dekker RF, Lobaton C, Gonzalez P.

  • Nobody has talked to Nats’ Williams about job status

    MLB Blogs "Despite the reports that he is going to be dismissed as manager of the Nationals, Matt Williams said nobody in the front office talked to him about his status with the club. He is said he is focusing on the final three games of the season against the Mets. “Nobody has spoken to me at this..." October 03

  • Nationals to Let Matt Williams Go

    CBS Sports "Embattled Nationals manager Matt Williams' firing was a surety even before he missed, then mishandled a dugout choking incident that became national news. He's a nice man and he tried hard, but he probably was miscast as a first-time manager with a team toting huge expectations. Meanwhile, the..." October 03

  • Doug Fister: ‘I still think I have a starting role somewhere’

    Washington Post "Last week, Jordan Zimmermann made what was likely his final start at Nationals Park, one in which he did not get the chance to walk off the field like some hoped he would, an unceremonious end to a storied tenure. But the Nationals have another starting pitcher likely leaving for free agency, one..." October 01

  • Early Runs the Difference as Braves Blank Nats, 2-0

    Talking Chop "Atlanta pitching hasn't been any good this year, but that didn't stop the unlikely quartet of Williams Perez, Peter Moylan, Edwin Jackson, and Arodys Vizcaino from shutting down the Nats on a warm Wednesday night in Atlanta. The deciding runs scored fairly early in this one, as AJ Pierzynski..." October 01

  • Report: Jayson Werth confronted Matt Williams about losing Nationals

    SI "In the wake of Jonathan Papelbon’s dugout attack on Bryce Harper, details continue to come out about the discord in the Nationals clubhouse. Part of a long report by The Washington Post’s Barry Svrluga on Papelbon’s brief tenure in Washington details a dispute between manager Matt Williams and..." October 01

  • Baseball's culture clash: Vast majority of brawls involve differing ethnicities

    USA Today "A scene from the Texas Rangers’ clubhouse at Oakland's Coliseum last week neatly captured the blending of cultures that’s so prevalent in baseball. As Shin-Soo Choo highlights flashed on a TV screen, a group of seven Latin players sitting around a table – some born in the U.S., others abroad –..." October 01

  • Zimmerman won't return from oblique strain

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "It comes as no surprise at this point, but Ryan Zimmerman won’t have enough time to return from a strained oblique muscle to play before the end of the season. Sidelined for three weeks with the ailment, Zimmerman has been trying to get himself feeling well enough to return to the field before..." September 30

  • Pierzynski powers Braves, Wisler to 2-1 win over Nats

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves rookie Matt Wisler was 1 year old when A.J. Pierzynski was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in June 1994. Tuesday night, Pierzynski’s two home runs and steadying influence behind the plate helped Wisler notch his seventh major league win. Pierzynski went 3-for-3 with a pair of home runs,..." September 30

  • Blue Jays Interested In Doug Fister

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays are a long way from focusing on offseason plans just yet, though the club “will make a play for” free agent righty Doug Fister this winter, Sportsnet’s Jeff Blair reports. This wouldn’t be the first time that GM Alex Anthopoulos has shown interest in Fister, as the Jays explored a..." September 30

  • In Jonathan Papelbon, Nationals got their closer — and their kiss of death

    Washington Post "As July neared its close, and the Washington Nationals tried to cling to their spot atop the National League East, General Manager Mike Rizzo manned his iPhone at all hours. The Nationals were in Miami for an off day before three games against the Marlins. Rizzo’s top choices as trade targets were..." September 30

  • Bryce Harper wants to finish strong, has eye on batting title and 100 RBI

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals season, in a practical sense, is over. Five games remain and, then, the Nationals will go their separate ways. Sure, they still want to win as many games as possible before it’s officially over. And to ensure a winning season, the Nationals need to win two more..." September 30

  • Jonathan Papelbon bought $2.9 million home in DC on Sept. 14

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals reliever Jonathan Papelbon recently purchased a rather expensive home in the D.C. area. Can you say bad timing? According to the Washington Business Journal, Papelbon and his wife Ashley closed on a $2.9 million home in Belle Haven on Sept. 14. The five-bedroom house was..." September 30

  • Nationals 5-1 over the Reds: Max Scherzer loses no-hit bid in the 8th

    Federal Baseball "5. Scherzer in D.C.: Washington Nationals' starter Max Scherzer took a 3-2 lead into the top of the seventh inning in his last start, against the Baltimore Orioles. Two outs after a leadoff double by J.J. Hardy, O's third baseman Manny Machado hit a two-run home run to left center field in..." September 29

  • Nationals remove Papelbon jerseys from team store

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Washington Nationals on Monday removed Jonathan Papelbon jerseys from the team store ahead of the team’s 2015 season home finale. The Papelbon jerseys, which were prominently placed next to jerseys of Bryce Harper — the closer’s enemy combatant in an ugly dugout skirmish during Sunday’s..." September 29

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    No surprise at this point but Matt Williams says he doubts Ryan Zimmerman returns by end of season due to oblique strain.

  • Nats GM: Fates of Matt Williams, Papelbon to be addressed in offseason

    CBS Sports "If you've come anywhere near the Internet over the last 24 hours or so, then you're surely aware of what's become of the Nationals. In a metaphorical summary, the only reason the wheels didn't come off is because the jalopy was already wheel-less. In more exact terms, Jonathan Papelbon attacked..." September 29

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    Bryce Harper is being kept out of lineup today for his role in Papelbon fight, #Nats manager Matt Williams announces

  • Phillies win as Jonathan Papelbon loses it on mound, in dugout

    CSN Philly "While you were focused on the Eagles, the local nine enjoyed one of its sweetest wins of this almost-complete season Sunday afternoon. It was sweet because Jeff Francoeur tied the game with a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning. And it was sweet because Andres Blanco put the..." September 28

  • Nats suspend Papelbon for rest of 2015

    SB Nation "The Nationals announced that Jonathan Papelbon's season is over effective immediately, as he not only dropped his appeal and will serve his three-game suspension for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado, but Washington has also suspended him for the remaining four games. This is Papelbon's..." September 28

  • MLB will allow iPads in dugouts with limitations

    Baseball Essential "In a world that is constantly seeing technology become more advanced with each passing day, it’s good to see sports leagues apply that technology during games and practices. The NFL was the first league to begin using tablets last season when they struck a $400 million deal with Microsoft to..." September 28

  • Matt Williams didn’t know about the severity of the Harper-Papelbon altercation

    Hardball Talk "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon and outfielder Bryce Harper were in an altercation during the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday’s loss to the Phillies. It involved Papelbon lunging at Harper and wrapping a hand around his throat. Despite the incident, Papelbon took the hill in the..." September 28

  • Jonathan Papelbon apologizes for dugout altercation with Bryce Harper

    Sporting News "Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon apologized Sunday for his altercation with Bryce Harper in the team's dugout during a 12-5 loss to the Phillies. "First of all, let me say, I'm in the wrong there," Papelbon said, via . "I've got to leave that up to our manager. "I've talked to..." September 28

  • Nationals prevail in 12 over Phillies

    Washington Post "Seven months ago to the day Saturday, the Washington Nationals gathered as an entire team for the first time in 2015 at their spring training complex in Viera, Fla. On the bulletin board in the back corner of the clubhouse, the quote of the day on the daily schedule for Feb. 26 seemed fitting for..." September 27

  • Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon brawl in dugout

    SB Nation "The season has not gone according to plan for the Nationals, and tempers are starting to flare. Harper hit a soft pop up, put his head down and jogged to first. This did not make Papelbon happy, and he began shouting at Harper as he returned to the dugout. Never one to shy away from..." September 27

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Taylor has some knee soreness and hamstring tightness, per MW. A day to rest.

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    James Wagner @JamesWagnerWP

    Michael A. Taylor off. Nats lineup: Rendon 4, Escobar 5, Harper 8, Werth 9, Robinson 3, Desmond 6, den Dekker 7, Ramos 2, Strasburg 1.

  • Phillies 8, Nationals 2

    CSN Philly "An inside-the-park grand slam from Aaron Altherr gave the Phillies all the offense they needed as they streaked to an 8-2 victory over the sinking Washington Nationals on Friday night. With one out in the third inning, Altherr hit a sinking liner to center that skipped past a diving Michael A...." September 26

  • Jonathan Papelbon suspended three games for throwing at Manny Machado

    Yahoo! Sports "Jonathan Papelbon, the bad-boy closer of the Washington Nationals, found himself in trouble again this week, after an altercation with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. He threw a pitch near Machado's head Wednesday night, then hit Machado on the shoulder two pitches later. It led to an..." September 26

  • Wieters' home run gives Orioles three-game sweep of Nats

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In the last 15 games, the Orioles have put themselves back in contention for the final wild-card spot. On September 8, the Orioles had lost 15 of 18, and fallen seven games under .500. Sixteen days later, the Orioles have won 11 of 15 and moved back to .500 for the first time since Aug. 26...." September 25

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Espinosa done for season, Williams said. Slight tear of hamstring would require 4 weeks of rehab. Playing through it would risk major tear.

  • Zimmerman swings but still feeling oblique pain

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Ryan Zimmerman's attempt to return before season's end continues, but the Nationals first baseman continues to feel a pull in his strained left oblique muscle when he tries to swing, reducing his chances of making that return. Zimmerman, out since September 8 with this injury, has begun taking..." September 24

  • Machado hits and gets hit leading Orioles to 4-3 win over Nats

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Manny Machado couldn’t believe it. Two innings after he hit the home run that put the Orioles ahead by a run, Jonathan Papelbon threw his first pitch of his at-bat over his forehead. Two pitches later, Papelbon drilled him in the left shoulder and was immediately ejected. Both benches emptied..." September 24

  • Manny Machado calls Jonathan Papelbon a ‘coward’ after being hit

    Larry Brown Sports "Manny Machado played the role of hero Wednesday night when he blasted a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-3 lead — one they would not relinquish — over the Washington Nationals. Two innings later, Jonathan Papelbon made Machado pay the price. And Manny was..." September 24

  • Jimenez wins 100th game, Orioles beat Nationals 4-1

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Ubaldo Jimenez walked out for his postgame interviews dripping with shaving cream. He had something to celebrate. Jimenez became the 11th pitcher born in the Dominican Republic to record 100 wins on Tuesday night. His win wasn’t especially artful, but statistically it didn’t look bad...." September 23

  • Nationals' Espinosa dealing with small hamstring tear

    The Score "Washington Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa will be sidelined indefinitely after an MRI revealed a small tear in his right hamstring. Manager Matt Williams told reporters Espinosa has been feeling better, but will be evaluated by a doctor Tuesday to determine a timetable for his..." September 22

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    William Ladson @washingnats

    Monday's game between the #Nats and #Orioles has been postponed. The game will be made up at 4:05 p.m. ET on Thursday. #MLB

  • Escobar, Moore power Nats' offense in blowout win over Marlins

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "When a team scores 13 runs in a game, there are usually plenty of contributors, and that was the case for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. But two players in particular - Yunel Escobar and Tyler Moore, who combined for seven RBI - stood out above all. Escobar..." September 21

  • Bryce Harper’s 41st home run caps Nationals’ 5-2 win over Marlins

    Washington Post "As Bryce Harper rounded the bases in the seventh inning Saturday afternoon, the Washington Nationals en route to a 5-2 win thanks to his two-run home run to the second deck, the letters M, V and P flashed on the right field scoreboard. And as he went through the many teammate-specific celebrations..." September 20

  • Nationals' Anthony Rendon expected to return to third base in 2016

    CBS Sports "This has been a very disappointing season for the Nationals, who came into 2015 not only as NL East favorites, but as World Series favorites. The rotation looked stacked and the rest of the roster was solid as well. It didn't work out. One reason it didn't work out: Anthony Rendon. He finished..." September 19

  • Nats beat Marlins in 10 innings

    Washington Post "It won’t be long now until nights like these are frozen into memory, buried under layers of disappointment and what-might-have-beens for these Washington Nationals. Expectations, injuries and frustration ruined many warm and pleasant District evenings, complicated by context. But all these..." September 19

  • Tanner Roark struggles, and Nats fall to Marlins, dropping deficit to 8 games

    Washington Post "While the Washington Nationals aren’t mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, each loss makes even the most optimistic fans turn their thoughts toward next season. And unless the Nationals make a surprising offseason addition like last winter, Tanner Roark is likely a candidate to return to..." September 18

  • Werth, Nats pound Phils, trim another game off deficit

    Washington Post "This Washington Nationals season carried emotion with expectations, poignancy that comes in part from a sense of finality. Many of the players that grew into stars as the Nationals built themselves into a contender will most likely be gone next season. Clubhouse constant Ian Desmond, sparkplug..." September 17

  • Confirmed: Papelbon Trade Was a Mistake!

    Baseball Essential "On July 29, I wrote an article addressing the Jonathan Papelbon to Washington Nationals trade. I said it was a complete mistake then, and I’ll say it again. The Nationals made a mistake in picking up Papelbon. Don’t get me wrong, Pap hasn’t been bad pitching-wise. He’s saved all the games..." September 16

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