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Washington Nationals Headlines
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.
Biggest questions facing Nats this offseason
The Nationals finished the 2020 season 26-34 and fell short of making the playoffs to defend their World Series championship. Following a year marked by injuries and noticeable absences, the team will look to rehab and restructure its roster to contend in ’21.
First base is Nationals’ strangest offseason situation
Think of the last time this concept was in play: two players may retire at the same time, creating a hole at a position.
Washington Nationals: Just another intriguing Juan Soto statistic
They call him the Childish Bambino. They’ve tabbed him one of the best up and coming young players in the league. Juan Soto won a World Series ring five days after his 21st birthday. The more we look into his most recent campaign, the more we see how vital he is to the future of the Washington Nationals.
Perspective: On his 36th birthday, Ryan Zimmerman considers what he’ll be doing on his 37th
Fifteen years ago, Ryan Zimmerman celebrated his 21st birthday by going 2 for 4 with a double and a run for the fledgling Washington Nationals in a victory in Miami. It was his 17th major league game. Over the next 14 years, 1,672 more would follow.
On Monday, Zimmerman celebrated his 36th birthday just as he had spent each day the past six months: at home with his wife and three young kids. There had been no baseball the day before. There would be no baseball the day after.
Nationals cut ties with pitching coach Paul Menhart
After a season where injuries wrecked the starting rotation and ineffectiveness hampered the bullpen, the Nationals have cut ties with pitching coach Paul Menhart following 15 years in the organization.
Menhart, 51, said he received a telephone call from manager Davey Martinez this evening with the news that his contract, which was up on Oct. 31, would not be renewed.
There are many routes to building a championship team; Mike Rizzo has done it before!
With all of the ways there are to build a team, players come from a variety of acquisitions from drafting, international signings, waiver claims, free agent deals, and trades. For general manager Mike Rizzo, he had a good mix of ways he built that 2012 team with a low payroll to go with it. They were at $92.5 million for their ending payroll in 2012, and the two most expensive contracts were Jayson Werth and Ryan Zimmerman — both position players. The most expensive player after that would surprise many — Edwin Jackson who was a starting pitcher via a free agent Boras signing on a one-year deal.
Obi-Sean thanks Nats fans in heartfelt tweet
Sean Doolittle has formed a strong connection with the Nationals community over the past four years. Before he enters free agency this offseason, he tweeted a thank you to Nats fans on Thursday night reflecting on his time in Washington.
“I know the 2020 season didn’t go to the way we all hoped it would, but I wanted to say thank you for all the love and support you have given me during my time in DC,” Doolittle began the message.
Around the Horn: News from Around the League
The sweep and the NL East
The 2020 Major League Baseball playoffs are well underway by this point, with many teams already advancing to the next round. As many of you are aware, the two National League East representatives, the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins, have both advanced.
Why the New York Yankees can end their World Series drought this postseason
Since appearing in their first World Series in 1921, the New York Yankees have played in at least one World Series in every decade — until now.
That streak ended when the Yankees failed to reach the Series from 2010-2019.
The Yankees last appeared in a World Series in 2009, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in six games in the first year of the new Yankee Stadium.
Texas Rangers payroll cuts not as extreme as they sound
It would be easy to understand if Texas Rangers fans would be heading into 2021 with some trepidation. The franchise has finally embraced the idea of a rebuild, as they have realized that their attempts to cobble a respectable team together on the fly are not working in a competitive AL West.
A look at which MLB rule changes worked in 2020 — and which didn’t
Despite missteps and misgivings, a few COVID outbreaks, legions of cardboard fans and piped-in crowd noise, Major League Baseball somehow managed to complete its highly irregular regular season. We’re deep in the throes of the playoffs now and all a little wiser, and a little more suited to figuring out what rule changes worked this year, and which really, really didn’t.
Ex-MLB pitcher Charles Haeger found dead after sought in woman’s shooting death
The body of Charles Haeger, a former Major League Baseball pitcher, was found Saturday afternoon as he was being sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, authorities said Saturday.
‘Our own piece of history’: Using nine pitchers, swaggering Padres shut out Cardinals to reach NLDS
You want entertainment? You want sheer, unadulterated emotion? You want the wildest, bat-flipping-est and charismatic team in baseball?
Here comes the San Diego Padres – the archenemy of baseball tradition.
The Padres, winners of their first postseason series since 1998 with a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, are about to be introduced to a much wider audience, playing the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Division Series.