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The Morning Briefing: Paul Menhart wanted to remain the Nationals’ pitching coach, ‘but I was never Davey’s guy’

We already knew that the 2021 Washington Nationals would look a lot different than the 2019 World Series champions, and now, less than a week after the end of a forgettable season, shortened and stained by the COVID pandemic, it appears the process of making it so has begun.

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Here are today’s latest Washington Nationals & MLB Headlines and what else you need to know to start your day.


Washington Nationals Headlines

Interview with Andrew Stevenson

Andrew Stevenson stood out over the last few weeks of the 2020 campaign and made sure the Washington Nationals will remember him when 2021 roster-building starts and made his case that he deserves to spend some time with the Washington Nationals during the 2021 season. 

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Already among best in game, Soto still seeks to improve

Juan Soto, who produced historic offensive numbers despite playing in only 47 of the Nationals’ 60 games.

Read the full article via MASN Sports Washington

Like it or not, the Washington Nationals’ transition to 2021 has begun…

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We already knew that the 2021 Washington Nationals would look a lot different than the 2019 World Series champions, and now, less than a week after the end of a forgettable season, shortened and stained by the COVID pandemic, it appears the process of making it so has begun.

Read the full article via Federal Baseball

How Drones Are Disrupting Baseball

An already weird MLB season just keeps getting weirder. In the last two months. there have been five MLB games were delayed to varying degrees due to… drones. This is what happens when fans are not allowed in the stands. 

Read the full article via Talk Nats

Washington Nationals’ minor league coach Tripp Keister can’t wait to get started

Fredericksburg manager dealt with COVID-19 in July, heads to Instructional League on Monday after several months away from the game …

Tripp Keister was in Florida when the Nationals and the rest of Major League Baseball shut down Spring Training facilities.

“Hey, it is going to be a couple of weeks, then we will get back to work,” Keister said Tuesday, referring to his thoughts, and others, in March. “Here we are seven months later.”

Read the full article via Federal Baseball

Paul Menhart wanted to remain the Nationals’ pitching coach, ‘but I was never Davey’s guy’

Paul Menhart was watching the Georgia-Auburn football game Saturday night when his phone rang. It was Dave Martinez, the Washington Nationals’ manager and, for just more than a year, Menhart’s boss. The news Martinez delivered floored Menhart, the Nationals’ pitching coach for their World Series run and a member of the organization for 15 years: When his contract expired at the end of October, he would not be retained.

Read the full article via Washington Post

Will Nats give Eaton another shot or decide to part ways?

Eaton had every reason to feel good about himself coming out of a 2019 World Series in which he earned MVP consideration.

Read the full article via MASN Sports

The top-10 priority list for the Washington Nationals and the writing on the wall on Menhart’s departure!

Way back on September 25th, we turned the page to the 2021 season and the off-season with a list for the Washington Nationals who have clear priorities for next year. We will take you through the updated Top-10 that saw our #1 priority signed-off on with the extension of Dave Martinez who received a multi-year contract last week. A week later, the team parted ways with pitching coach Paul Menhart.

Read the full arrticle via Talk Nats

Washington Nationals: Carter Kieboom needs more time before rash decision

We had a brief look at Carter Kieboom in 2019 and a more extended look in 2020, and neither have left us feeling warm and fuzzy about the future of the young prospect.

The sample size remains small, with Kieboom having just 165 plate appearances over those two seasons. Although he has not displayed power at the major league level yet, the potential is there.

Read the full article via District on Deck

Menhart not returning signals start of Nats’ change-filled offseason

aul Menhart will not be back as the Nationals’ pitching coach. His contract is not being renewed, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington, making him the first marker in a coming offseason of change.P

Davey Martinez and Mike Rizzo are entrenched. They will be together for six years if they serve the full length of their recent contract extensions. Together, they will make multiple shifts this winter after the Nationals flopped this summer.

Read the full article via NBC Sports Washington


Around the Horn: News from Around the League

Supreme Court clears way for class-action lawsuit from minor league players being paid below minimum wage

The United States Supreme Court is allowing a class-action lawsuit to proceed from minor-league baseball players who allege they are being paid less than the minimum wage. Attorney and former minor-league baseball pitcher Garrett Broshuis broke the news on Twitter on Monday morning. Broshuis is leading the class-action against Major League Baseball for unlawful wages.

Read the full article via CBS Sports 

It’s easy to root for Dusty Baker, but not the Astros

Dusty Baker always has a story.

So, when asked about coaching Bob Melvin, now the Oakland manager, or Mike Aldrete, now the Oakland first base coach, Baker could easily reminisce. He was the hitting coach for both once upon a time in San Francisco. An umpire told Baker that Aldrete — whom Baker calls “Aldo” — could win a batting title one day. In turn, Aldo crept into Baker’s subconscious.

Read the full article via NBC Sports Washington

MLB playoffs scores, takeaways: Dodgers rally for Game 1 win vs. Padres; Yankees’ pitching plan backfires

All four of Major League Baseball’s best-of-five Division Series were in action Tuesday with two NLDS Game 1s and a pair of ALDS Game 2s. The Braves started the day with a Game 1 win over the Marlins before the Astros homered their way to another win over the Athletics. The Rays evened up their ALDS matchup with the Yankees by homering four times and striking out their competition 18 times in a Game 2 victory. The Padres fell to the Dodgers in the nightcap.

Read the full article via CBS Sports

Former MLB player raises over $91K for family of man killed by Texas police

Former Major League Baseball player Will Middlebrooks has raised more than $89,000 to cover funeral and memorial expenses following the death of childhood friend Jonathan Price, who was killed by a Texas police officer over the weekend.

The onetime Boston Red Sox infielder launched an online fundraiser after Price, who is Black, was fatally shot in the chest Saturday while trying to break up a domestic dispute at a gas station in Wolfe City, Texas, located 70 miles northeast of Dallas. As of Tuesday, more than $91,000 had been raised.

Read the full article via Fox News

MLB Reinstates Domingo German

Major League Baseball has reinstated Yankees’ right-hander Domingo German from the restricted list, the team announced. German is on the Yankees 40-man roster, but no changes were needed to accommodate the move. He is not eligible for postseason play, so as has been stated previously, he will not appear in the majors this season.

Read the full article via MLB Trade Rumors

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