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The Morning Briefing: The Baseball Season Is Over. Is the Baseball Lockout About to Begin?

Here are today's latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals for November 4, 2021

Good Thursday Morning Washington Nationals Fans,

Here are the latest headlines and analyses around the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for Thursday, November 4, 2021. Thank you for starting your day with us.

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Leading today’s Morning Briefing: Now that the 2021 Baseball Season is over, the big question is when will the next season start?

Now that the 2021 Baseball season has officially concluded with the Atlanta Braves winning this year’s World Series in six games, all eyes are going to be focused on the tough negotiations over a new labor deal that could result in a lockout that might put in jeopardy the start of next season. Jared Diamond from the Wall Street Journal lays out the upcoming situation. 

Your calendar

From the Winter Meetings in Flordia to Qualifying offers, here are some upcoming key dates that Nationals and Major League Baseball fans need to add to their calendar. 

Must-Have: Local Washington D.C., artist John Yim who is best known for his depictions of various Washington Nationals as Marvel superheroes have created another masterpiece, this time of Ryan Zimmerman aka Employee #11. Purchase yours today by clicking here.

Washington Nationals Announce Full Coaching Staff for 2022 Season

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced the full coaching staff for the 2022 season. There are a lot of Dave Martinez friends. We have the full list here.

MASN Broadcasting Booth Shakeup 

Besides the new look Washington Nationals players, front office, coaching staff, there will be a new look in the MASN Broadcasting Both. In a tweet, yesterday afternoon fan favorite and former player F.P. Santangelo announced that he will not be returning to the broadcast booth in 2022. It shouldn’t be that much of a surprise due to allegations that arose during this past season about F.P. Santangelo. According to Brit Ghiroli play-by-play announcer, Bob Carpenter’s contract was extended for two additional years. Here is our full article.

The first Move of the Offseason belongs to the Detroit Tigers

According to Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds have traded catcher Tucker Barnhart to the Detroit Tigers. From the article: “The Reds held a $7.5 million club option in Barnhart’s contract, which set up the parameters for the trade. The Reds will receive minor league infielder Nick Quintana in return, a second-round pick in the 2019 MLB Draft.  Barnhart, the second-longest tenured Reds player behind Joey Votto, is a two-time Gold Glove winner and played a big part in the pitching staff’s success with his game-calling and ability to block pitches. The Tigers will pick up Barnhart’s option as he enters the final year of his contract.  Trading Tucker was a very difficult decision’ Reds General Manager Nick Krall said. ‘Having been drafted and developed by the Reds, our entire organization has a connection to him, and our fans love him. But going into 2022, we must align our payroll to our resources and continue focusing on scouting and developing young talent from within our system. We are grateful for Tucker’s contributions on the field and in the communities throughout Reds country. He will be missed.”

Happy Retirement Buster Posey

According to reports, today, San Francisco Giants icon Buster Posey will announce his retirement following 12 big league seasons, three World Series championships, seven All-Star Game selections, and one Most Valuable Player award. Posey was the best all-around catcher of his generation, and when the time comes, he will receive serious Hall of Fame consideration. The 34-year-old Posey certainly did not limp to the finish. He authored a .304/.390/.499 batting line with 18 home runs during his resurgent 2021 season, when he led the Giants to 107 wins and the NL West title. Make sure that you follow us on Twitter for the official announcement.

It’s been two years since Washington D.C., and Nationals fans took the streets to celebrate the city’s first World Series in 95 years. 

It’s good to celebrate amazing moments in your life especially with the rough patch, Nationals fans are about to embark on. Today is one of those moments that if you experienced it will never leave you. Two years ago, Washington D.C. and Washington Nationals fans took to the streets of D.C. to celebrate the city’s first World Series in 95 years, and boy does it feel like it was a lifetime ago. Read our full article here

Additional Reading

F.P. Santangelo will not return to Nationals’ broadcasts on MASN next season via The Washington Post

Washington Nationals’ prospect countdown: No. 30 Branden Boissiere via Federal Baseball

Washington Nationals: Potential New Color Analyst via District on Deck

Pablo Sandoval enters MLB record books as Braves win World Series via Yahoo Sports/NBC Sports

World Series 2021: Atlanta’s Baby Braves are all grown up — and now they’re MLB champions via ESPN

Trevor Bauer To Decline Opt-Out For 2022 Season via MLB Trade Rumors

How MLB continues its focus on growing the sport among African Americans via the Undefeated

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