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The Morning Briefing: Welcome to Rochester, New York

Finally, a Triple-A team that makes sense for the Nationals: The Rochester Red Wings

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Today’s Top Stories: Welcome to Rochester, New York Home of the Triple-A Washington Nationals Affiliate & New York Mets’ Robinson Cano banned for 2021 MLB season because of Performance-Enhancing Substances.

Here are the latest Washington Nationals and MLB Headlines for Friday, November 20, 2020

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On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the Washington Nationals were able to eliminate a significant headache that the team has been dealing with for two seasons now, having their Triple-A affiliate team in the same time zone.

Over the past two years, the Washington Nationals Triple A team was located in Fresno, California, which created headaches, including layovers, red-eye flights, and so many more. All these headaches were all eliminated on Thursday when Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted that he secured a commitment from the Washington Nationals to ensure their new aaa affiliate would be the Rochester Red Wings, which would keep Red Wings in Rochester, New York. This news was also reported by Justin Murphy and Sean Lahman from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. [Read our full article here]

Additionally, during the week, the Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a Major League contract with left-handed pitcher Sam Clay on Wednesday. Sam Clay, who is 27, joins the Washington Nationals after seven seasons in the Minnesota Twins organization. He was a member of the Twins’ 60-player pool during the 2020 season but did not appear in a game.

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Yesterday, ESPN announced their broadcast schedule for Opening Day 2021, which included the Washington Nationals hosting the New York Mets on April 1, 2021. [Read the full article via ESPN here]

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Around the Horn: News From Around MLB

In Major League Baseball News this week, New York Met’s Robinson Cano was banned for the 2021 major league baseball season because he tested positive for performance-enhancing drug stanozolol. Jeff Passan of ESPN has the details.

The article mentions that this quote is the second PED suspension for Cano, 38, who missed 80 games in 2018 after testing positive for a diuretic while with the Seattle Mariners. A second positive test results in an automatic 162-game suspension, according to the joint drug agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. Cano will forfeit his $24 million salary end quote.

In a statement released by the New York Mets, President Sandy Alderson stated that quote we were extremely disappointed to be informed about Robinson’s suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The violation is very unfortunate for him, the organization, our fans, and the sport. The Mets fully support MLB’s efforts toward eliminating performance-enhancing substances from the game end quote. There was no immediate comment from Cano or the players’ union. [Read the full ESPN article]

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