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  • Dave Martinez to return to Nationals after heart procedure

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Washington Nationals have announced that Dave Martinez will resume managerial duties when the team faces the Miami Marlins on Friday night. The skipper has been absent the past three games after suffering chest pains on Sunday that necessitated Martinez undergoing a heart..." September 20

  • Howie Kendrick Is Still Killing The Ball

    MLB Trade Rumors "It was June 11 that I wrote a piece titled “Howie Kendrick Is Killing The Ball.” At that point in 2019, the veteran National had quietly been one of the majors’ most effective hitters of the season. Kendrick was then the proud owner of a .333/.376/.604 line with..." September 19

  • Kurt Suzuki starts hitting, but still not throwing

    Masn "Kurt Suzuki took a full round of batting practice early this afternoon at Busch Stadium and also caught Aníbal Sánchez’s bullpen session, but the Nationals catcher is still days away from being cleared to throw and test his injured right..." September 19

  • Who will be next skipper to join 2K wins list?

    MLB.com "Bruce Bochy’s 2,000th managerial victory is in the books, and, while a Cooperstown calling was already a foregone conclusion with or without this milestone, this puts the soon-to-be-retired Giants skipper in some rare and heady company. Only 10 other managers -- Connie..." September 19

  • Nationals manager Dave Martinez has cardiac procedure after chest pains during game

    Sporting News "Nationals manager Dave Martinez will be away from the team indefinitely after undergoing what general manager Mike Rizzo called a "minor" cardiac procedure Monday.  Martinez, 54, left Sunday's game against the Braves during the sixth inning due to what was described..." September 16

  • Tonight is an absolutely massive game for the New York Mets

    The Sports Daily "The New York Mets picked up a very important win last night when Rajai Davis stroked a bases clearing double in the eighth to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. That win not only helped the Mets avoid a losing streak at the most important time of year, but it helped them keep pace with the..." September 15

  • Nationals' Matt Adams suffers triceps injury

    CBS Sports "Matt Adams tweaked his triceps during Thursday's game against the Twins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. " September 13

  • Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki still not throwing because of elbow inflammation

    Washington Post "Catcher Kurt Suzuki has not thrown since exiting Saturday’s game with right elbow inflammation, and the Washington Nationals don’t expect him to in the near future. That could force them to test their catching depth for the first time this..." September 13

  • Stephen Strasburg's six best landing spots if the Nationals righty hits free agency this winter

    CBS Sports "The 2019 MLB free-agent class looks to be adding even more starting pitching depth. According to a report by MLB.com's Jon Morosi: "There's increasing speculation in the industry that [Stephen Strasburg] will opt out of the remaining four years and $100 million left on his..." September 13

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo 'confident' Stephen Strasburg will remain with team despite looming opt-out decision

    Federal Baseball "Included in the 7-year/$175M extension Stephen Strasburg signed with Washington’s Nationals in 2016 were two opt-outs which allow the pitcher to potentially test free agency after the 2019 and 2020 campaigns. Should he choose to remain in the nation’s capital, Strasburg,..." September 12

  • Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

    Hardball Talk "The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and..." September 12

  • How Juan Soto has gotten even more powerful

    MLB.com "A month ago, Juan Soto was having the same season in 2019 that he did in 2018. And that would have been amazing enough on its own, even historic, when you throw in that he's only 20 years old. But he's not having the same season anymore. He's having a better season...." September 11

  • Jonny Venters Will Try To Continue Pitching

    Washington Post "Jonny Venters isn’t sure where this goes from here. He isn’t sure if he will ever play baseball again. He isn’t sure, really, if his left arm will let him. But what Venters does know, what he clings to, what he considers whenever quitting starts to feel right, is..." September 10

  • How will the Red Sox replace Dave Dombrowski? A look at seven potential GM candidates for Boston

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox fired president Dave Dombrowski on Sunday, less than a year after winning the World Series. The Red Sox had been successful under Dombrowski's guidance, notching at least 93 wins in each of his three full seasons. Even this season, a disappointing one relative to..." September 10

  • Baseball Fan Claims Wife Stabbed Him for Watching Nationals Too Much

    12 Up "Buckle in, folks, because this particular piece of news is as outlandish and bizarre as it gets. The hosts of "The Sports Junkies," a Washington-based sports talk radio show on 106.7 The Fan, were left dumbfounded (and extremely concerned) when a particular caller --..." September 10

  • Nationals Select Tres Barrera

    Washington Post "Of all the injuries the Washington Nationals have dealt with this season, and there have been plenty, their two veteran catchers had appeared in every inning until late Saturday night. That’s when Kurt Suzuki began feeling right elbow pain and tingling in his fingers. He soon..." September 08

  • Nationals' Aaron Barrett makes emotional return to big-league mound after four years and multiple arm injuries

    CBS Sports "Coming into play on Saturday, Washington Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett had not pitched in a big-league game since August 5, 2015 due to injuries and time spent away from the game. When he returned to organized ball last season, he did so by making 20 appearances as part of Washington's..." September 08

  • MLB weighing opioid testing after Tyler Skaggs' death

    ESPN "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. While the discussions..." September 07

  • The juiced ball is not a “looming problem” for the players union

    Hardball Talk "Players have long known it. Scientists have confirmed it. The numbers, quite clearly, bear it out. Eventually even Rob Manfred and Major League Baseball admitted it. The ball is juiced and it’s led to a massive uptick in offense. How and why it got juiced is a tad more..." September 06

  • Each MLB Team's Player Whose Days as a Star Are over for Good

    Bleacher Report "Every star in the known universe burns out eventually. The same is true in Major League Baseball, where even the greatest players ultimately fade away. It's tough for fanbases and, often, even tougher for the players in question. But it's reality all the..." September 06

  • Tanking teams are killing attendance

    Hardball Talk "Your must-click link of the day is Rob Arthur’s article at Baseball Prospectus in which he analyzed the effect tanking has on attendance. (note: it was originally behind a paywall but it’s now free for everyone, so do go read it). The executive summary can be read..." September 06

  • Roenis Elias Re-Injures Hamstring

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals reliever Roenis Elias exited tonight’s contest after experiencing discomfort while delivering a pitch. Manager Dave Martinez said after the game that Elias has “tweaked his hamstring” (video link via MASN’s Twitter..." September 06

  • Report: Stephen Strasburg increasingly likely to opt out of Nationals contract

    Larry Brown Sports "Stephen Strasburg has a difficult decision to make regarding his contract this winter, but a quality season in which he has finally been healthy has him leaning toward seeking a new deal. Strasburg has a clause in his contract with the Washington Nationals that allows him to opt out..." September 05

  • In star-studded NL MVP race, Anthony Rendon may outlast his competition

    USA Today "It is MVP season in baseball, that final stretch where the gaze narrows to just a handful of teams and an even smaller group of players. Outcomes are outsized, and season-long narratives can either be reinforced or dashed. And in the National League, it is a particularly crowded and..." September 05

  • Worst performances in baseball at every position

    ESPN "It was looking like a bit of slow day on Wednesday, with only 11 games on the slate, but then Joc Pederson continued his tear in the late game. In his final at-bat on Sunday, his three at-bats on Monday and his three on Wednesday (he didn't play Tuesday), Pederson did this: home..." September 05

  • 6 Worst September Collapses in MLB History

    12 Up "The September collapse in the MLB is a special kind of soul-crushing moment. With the playoffs so close, a once mighty teams' own ineptitude forces them to slide out of the playoffs on the way to another anonymous season. These six particular situations have lived on in history as..." September 05

  • Nationals' Anthony Rendon building case as dark-horse MVP candidate

    Sporting News "By the end of April, Cody Bellinger was batting .431 with 14 homers, 37 RBIs and a 1.397 OPS. And in that same start-of-the-season time frame, Christian Yelich owned 14 homers, too, to go with a .353 average, 34 RBIs and 1.264 OPS.  And for the rest of the summer, pretty much..." September 04

  • Each MLB Team's Biggest Dilemma of the 2019-20 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Decisions, decisions. Major League Baseball teams have to make them all the time, but perhaps the toughest choices come during the winter. We've gotten ahead of them by pinpointing the biggest dilemma each team will face in the 2019-2020 offseason. These cover difficult calls that..." September 04

  • 6 Veteran MLB Stars Who Will Leave Their Longtime Teams After 2019

    12 Up "The 2019 MLB campaign is rapidly drawing to a close, with a little less than a month of the regular season left to be played. While there's no doubting the playoffs are shaping up to be a doozy, it's also time to start pondering where some impending free agents will..." September 04

  • Nationals' Aaron Barrett Getting Called up After Astounding Injury Comeback is Heartwarming

    12 Up "Every minor league baseball player dreams of being called up to the big leagues, but it's possible no one dreams as hard as Aaron Barrett, someone who's already seen it all slip away. Barrett found out on Tuesday that he'd be heading back to the Nationals, officially completing a..." September 03

  • How MLB's most notable deadline additions are faring with new teams

    The Score "It might be hard to believe, but Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed over a month ago now, and most players are settled into their new digs. With the notable omission of Scooter Gennett, who was released by the San Francisco Giants, let's check in on how all the..." September 03

  • Sean Doolittle plans to close for the Nationals again, even if it takes a while

    NBC Sports Washington "It might be a couple of weeks before the Washington Nationals see Sean Doolittle return as their closer.  Although Doolittle is fresh off of his stint on the Injured List, he has to be worked back into the high-leverage role. In an interview with 106.7 The Fan's..." September 03

  • MLB's efforts to speed up play run into reality of modern game: 'It's not going to happen'

    USA Today "First came a limit on mound visits. Then, shortened breaks between innings. Next year, pitchers will be forced to face at least three batters, the better to reduce pitching changes, and some day, Major League Baseball may yet foist a pitch clock on its timeless game. Yet as another..." September 03

  • Differential in Total Home Runs From 2018 and 2019 Triple-A Seasons is Absurd

    12 Up "The insane rate of home runs is not a problem in just the Major League, it has also been an issue in Triple-A. Triple-A players were introduced to the baseballs being used at the MLB level this year, and you can see from the numbers the difference these baseballs made. Juiced..." September 03

  • Nats OF Adam Eaton leaves early with knee tightness

    ESPN "Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton left Monday's 7-3 loss to the New York Mets with what manager Dave Martinez said was knee tightness. He will get an MRI on Tuesday. Eaton was making his first start since suffering a bruised right knee when he was hit by a pitch Wednesday..." September 02

  • Sean Doolittle, Ryan Zimmerman Expected To Return Sunday

    Masn "Nationals manager Davey Martinez confirmed, barring any late setbacks, both closer Sean Doolittle and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will return to the active roster on Sunday. Doolittle threw 13 pitches in a rehab appearance Friday night in Frederick, Md., with the high Single-A..." September 01

  • Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto make history on back-to-back HRs

    MLB.com "Marlins manager Don Mattingly did not feel like he had much of a choice the night before. With two on and the winning run in scoring position on Friday, he allowed Ryne Stanek to pitch to Anthony Rendon with first base open. The alternative: Give Rendon a free pass, and pitch to Juan Soto with..." September 01

  • Victor Robles being Victor Robles: Washington Nationals’ center fielder coming into his own

    Federal Baseball "Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked earlier this month, after Victor Robles connected for his 16th home run of the season in a 2 for 5 game in an 18-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, about the 22-year-old center fielder coming into his own as he gets deeper into his first..." September 01

  • Nationals activate Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman from injured list

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals made a flurry of roster moves on Sunday; among them, they returned lefty reliever Sean Doolittle and infielder Ryan Zimmerman from the 10-day injured list. Doolittle, 32, has been laid up since mid-August with a bout of tendonitis in his left knee. Given his tentative..." September 01

  • Nats become 1st NL team in 50 years to have 3 pitchers with 200+ strikeouts

    The Score "The Washington Nationals made history Sunday, becoming the first National League team in 50 years to have three starters with 200-plus strikeouts, the team announced. Patrick Corbin reached the 200-strikeout mark Sunday against the Miami Marlins to join teammates Max Scherzer and..." September 01

  • Jonny Venters Undergoes Shoulder Surgery

    Yardbarker "Nationals southpaw Jonny Venters will undergo shoulder surgery, according to Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post. The oft-injured hurler has been diagnosed with a torn capsule. This is the latest major surgery for a player who has had more than his fair share of them already...." August 31

  • Nationals brought in Max Scherzer as pinch runner in tied game

    Larry Brown Sports "Max Scherzer is taking things slowly after recently returning from the injured list, but he apparently felt well enough to pinch run on Friday. With their game against the Miami Marlins tied at 4-4 in the seventh inning, the Washington Nationals brought in the ace righty to run for..." August 31

  • Nationals Designate Matt Grace; Activate Elias, Strickland

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced today that they have designated lefty Matt Grace for assignment. His roster spot was needed for the activation of fellow southpaw Roenis Elias from the injured list. In other news, the club has formally activated righty reliever Hunter..." August 30

  • 10 Must-Watch Future Stars About to Be Called Up to MLB

    Bleacher Report "The final month of the 2019 MLB season is right around the corner, and with it comes roster expansion from 25 to 40 players. The bulk of September call-ups consist of players who have spent the season shuffling between Triple-A and the majors—the fringe middle..." August 30

  • Five September call-ups that could steal the Show

    USA Today "Five years ago, the Kansas City Royals selected Brandon Finnegan out of Texas Christian University in the first round. About three months later, the left-hander made his Major League Baseball debut against the New York Yankees.  Finnegan went on to make seven postseason..." August 30

  • Nationals Release George Kontos

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran right-handed reliever George Kontos has been released by the Nationals, per an announcement from Paul Braverman of the Fresno Grizzlies PR department (Twitter link). He’d been with the Grizzlies since signing a minor league pact back in late May. Kontos, 34, has had a..." August 29

  • Nats GM: I'd offer Juan Soto a 10-year, $180M deal tomorrow

    The Score "If Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is to be believed, 20-year-old phenom Juan Soto could soon be staring at a historic contract offer. "We would give him 10 years, $180 million tomorrow morning, for sure," Rizzo told 106.7 the Fan on Wednesday, "but I..." August 29

  • Max Scherzer joins Tom Seaver as only pitchers with 8 straight 200-K seasons

    The Score "Mad Max, meet Tom Terrific. Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer clinched his eighth consecutive 200-strikeout season Wednesday night when he fanned Baltimore Orioles third baseman Rio Ruiz in the fourth inning. The strikeout made history for..." August 29

  • 5 MLB pitchers who need to step up down the stretch

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s do-or-die time for a number of Major League Baseball contenders. Pennant races are tight, particularly the wild card races, though there are some division battles that remain well worth watching too. It’s to the point of the season where little things will make all the..." August 29

  • Nationals Sign Josh Lucas To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with righty Josh Lucas, per an announcement from Paul Braverman of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies (Twitter link). Lucas will report to the Grizzlies. It’s been a tough season for the 28-year-old Lucas, who struggled..." August 28