Good Monday Morning, Washington Nationals Fans.
Thank you for starting the week with us. Pitchers and Catchers are reporting this Wednesday!
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This morning’s briefing was written by Richard and edited by Jonthan.
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Today’s Top Story: How Hurt Was Carter Kieboom During the 2020 Season?
Steven Mears from TalkNats.com broke some news about Carter Kieboom yesterday and could explain a lot about Kieboom’s performace during the 2020 season.
According to Mears, “A #Nats source told us on a condition of anonymity that Carter Kieboom played on what was thought to be a strained groin during the 2020 season and it turned out he was playing with a GROIN TEAR.”
5 Washington Nationals StoryLines for Spring Training
At the end of 2020, we outlined five big picture storylines that Nationals fans need to focus on this year. While some of the storylines are the same, it is worth taking a closer look at them now that Mike Rizzo has made some moves. Here are some of the stories that we will be paying attention to during Spring Training and into Opening Day. One important note, these storylines aren’t ranked in order of importance, but rather just some overall thoughts.
Looks like the Washington Nationals are Done for the Offseason
Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed third baseman Justin Turner to a two-year, $34 million deal. We have been advocating that the Nationals sign Turner to really make this offseason a success, but that is obviously not in the cards. It would appear that Rizzo and Co. are going with Carter Kieboom at third base and the roster that they currently have. We are now left to wonder if the strategy of signing a lot of one-year deals and trading for Josh Bell are the right move for the team in 2021. Only time will tell.
Take a look at our grades for all the offseason moves by Mike Rizzo and our article as we wonder what is the deal with all these one year contracts
ICYMI: Major League Baseball Finalizes Minor League Team Affiliations
Last week, Major League Baseball announced that all 120 Minor League Clubs who were offered an invitation to become Professional Development League (“PDL”) members have officially agreed to accept. These teams, selected as partners by Major League Clubs, will provide both facilities and communities that are essential to the development of the next generation of big-league stars.
Negro League 101: A New Educational initiative and a Negro League TV Series?
During a press conference on Saturday afternoon, Negro League Baseball Hall of Fame president Bob Kendrick announced a new educational initiative: “Negro League 101.” This initiative will include a series of programs, events, and virtual reality projects. Additionally, the museum is also developing digital content that will include the digitalization of two of its most acclaimed traveling exhibitions.
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Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- Spring training storylines: Improving defense via MASN Sports Washington
- Washington Nationals’ prospect Jackson Cluff worked hard through tough year… via Federal Baseball
- Boost in pay for minor league players was the right move to make via District on Deck
- 2021 MLB Predictions: NL East Breakout Candidates via Overtime Heroics
- Six possible landing spots for Jackie Bradley Jr., the top MLB free agent left on the market via CBS Sports
- MLB 2021 win totals: How we see the new baseball season playing out via USA Today
- It’s a new year for Major League Baseball, but coronavirus protocols remain via Penn Live