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The Morning Briefing: Washington Nationals Finish Up The 2020 Season; Perspective – The Washington Nationals Should Get J.T. Realmuto

Good morning, Nationals Fans,

 This afternoon, the Washington Nationals will finish up their 2020 season at 3:05 p.m. Don’t forget to come out to the stadium to thank the players! 


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Perspective: The Washington Nationals Should Get J.T. Realmuto

With the offseason rapidly approaching, the biggest free-agents will become the talk of the baseball world, and on that list is sitting a significant upgrade at Catcher: J.T. Realmuto and the Washington Nationals shouldn’t miss out.

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GAME RECAP: Nats sweep the doubleheader and that will affect the draft order!

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Since the Nats were 19-31 they have gone 6-3 for some of their best baseball of the season. Where was this in August? Oh well, it is nice to see the effort, and Anibal Sanchez pitched a solid game en route to a 5-3 win and a sweep of this doubleheader from the Mets.

Read the full article via Talk Nats

At long last, Nats choose continuity in manager’s office

For a decade and a half, the Nationals tried in vain to establish continuity in their manager’s office. But every two or three years, they found themselves searching for a new leader, vacillating between those with significant experience (Frank Robinson, Jim Riggleman, Davey Johnson, Dusty Baker) and those who were trying to make a name for themselves (Manny Acta, Matt Williams, Davey Martinez).

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Washington Nationals And Davey Martinez On A Multi-Year Contract Extension

The Washington Nationals announced the contract extension of current manager Davey Martinez.

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Juan Soto’s stunning season was fleeting. What it foreshadows could be historic.

Mike Trout, Hank Aaron, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Willie Mays, Joe DiMaggio, Mookie Betts and Mickey Mantle never led their league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage in the same season. Babe Ruth did it once.

Right now, 21-year-old Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals leads the National League in all three categories.

Read the full article via The Washington Post

Washington Nationals: Andrew Stevenson is having a lot of fun

Andrew Stevenson is making a strong case for more playing time next year. Dare the Washington Nationals anoint him their leadoff hitter?

You really don’t take a player in the 2nd round of the draft and hope all you get out of him is spot starts and pinch running appearances do you? Andrew Stevenson is making some noise late in the season, hoping to force his way into the lineup next year.

Read the full article via District on Deck

Max Scherzer to ‘reinvent’ himself after how batters approached him in 2020

Max Scherzer plans to comb through the video this offseason and “reinvent himself” to combat opposing hitters after they changed their approach against him in 2020.M

“I’m going to have to go through the offseason really trying to evaluate how…guys are approaching me and attacking me, what’s working, what’s not in certain situations so that next year when I come back, I can pitch more efficiently from the get-go and not have to try to wait until my 12th start before I finally feel good,” Scherzer said in a Zoom press conference after getting the win in his final start of the year Saturday.

Read the full article via NBC Sports Washington 

Nats stay mum on Dave Martinez contract details, but team and manager appreciate the stability

A multiyear contract extension for Dave Martinez means dugout stability the Washington Nationals have never had. Next spring, Martinez will become the first manager in club history to enter a fourth season. None of the other six completed three years. None of them signed a contract extension, which Martinez did this weekend to remain in the job through at least 2022, according to a person with knowledge of the terms.

Read the full article via Washington Post

 
Washington Nationals: Lack of strikeouts not necessarily a good thing

Washington Nationals hitters have struck out the fewest times in all of baseball, possibly because they lack true power hitters.

If the season were to end today, the Washington Nationals would lead the majors in fewest strikeouts. Even with the season ending in two days, this still may be the case.

Read the full article via District on Deck

 Mets eliminated from playoffs, then swept by Nats in DH

The New York Mets were eliminated from playoff contention in a mistake-filled loss to the Nationals in the opener of a doubleheader on Saturday, and not much changed in the nightcap as an error extended a big inning for Washington, which won 5-3 to sweep the twinbill.

Entering Saturday, the Mets (26-33) needed to win their three remaining games and receive help from multiple teams to sneak into the final wild-card spot in the expanded playoffs. Instead, New York is in danger of finishing tied with Washington (25-34) in the NL East cellar.

Read the full article via Yahoo News/Associated Press


Around The Horn: News From Around The League

From Mideast to AL East: Major League Baseball’s first Israeli blooms

Four games into his big league career, Dean Kremer reflects upon a whirlwind three weeks of fame and success

Read the full article via the Times of Israel

Dodgers’ Mookie Betts unseats Yankees’ Aaron Judge for MLB’s top jersey

Dodgers star Mookie Betts supplanted Yankees slugger Aaron Judge on Friday for baseball’s top-selling jersey in his first year on the West Coast.

Judge’s pinstriped No. 99 had been the most popular uniform in the majors for three straight years, but he’s been bumped by his former AL East rival, according to data released by Major League Baseball.

Read the full article via Boston.com

Former San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence announces retirement, ending 14-year MLB career

Veteran outfielder Hunter Pence announced his retirement Saturday, bringing an end to a 14-year MLB career.

“Nothing can really prepare you for this part of your career, when you have say, ‘I am retiring from baseball,'” Pence said in a video on Twitter. “I’ve given it everything I possibly can, and the game has given back to me tenfold.”

Read the full article via ESPN

Resiliency And Redemption Define Journey Towards 2020 MLB Postseason For Miami Marlins

The Miami Marlins have clinched their first postseason berth since winning the 2003 World Series in six games against the New York Yankees. The Marlins’4-3, 10 inning victory against the Yankees had occurred in the Bronx just like Josh Beckett’s complete game shutout to secure the Marlins’ second world championship and last postseason game.

Sadly, this joyous occasion for the Marlins also marks the four-year anniversary of beloved starting pitcher Jose Fernandez’s tragic death due to a boating accident.

Read the full article via Forbes

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