NATIONALS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Steve Mears: Opportunity in offing as Zimmerman awaits blessed event - Nationals Buzz

Have you looked lately to see what the one-two punch for the Syracuse Chiefs have been doing? Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin are just tearing up Triple-A while wreaking havoc on the base paths. They are usually running the bases two times a game if they get up five times ... Read More
Via MASN
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker says Nats have to 'ride the wave' of Strasburg's win streak

The formula has been a simple one for the Nationals of late: if Stephen Strasburg takes the mound, Washington will emerge victorious. It's been the case in
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper continues to struggle with few pitches to hit

Most of the players had left the Nationals' clubhouse. After a straight forward game where Gio Gonzalez' off night was the central storyline, the media
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon celebrating his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, and Father Time has been making his presence...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
12 hours ago  |  Discuss

NL Player of the Week: Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon

(Photo: Gabe Rodriguez) What can be said about the Washington Nationals other they are doing their best to change the end results of the 2015 season. After Monday’s games, the Nationals lead the NL East by .5 game over the New York Mets. The East is the only division with four teams at .500 and above and the Nationals do have their work cut out for them, but they have guys they...
Via Legends On Deck
13 hours ago

Gonzalez struggles in Nationals' series-opening loss to Mets

Gio Gonzalez got roughed up in the Nationals' series-opening loss to the Mets. Dave Johnson recaps it here.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Running through the gauntlet: Washington Nationals’ observations in midst of tough schedule

The Washington Nationals are smack in the middle of their toughest stretch of the 2016 season. Check out these numbers from April 29 to June 1: 33 games in 35 days. Ten total series, nine against teams over .500 (the lone team under .500 is Detroit, who is currently 21-22). Nineteen road games. Seventeen interdivisional games. The month of May is a make-or-break time for the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Ben Revere’s developing offense crucial for Nationals lineup

MIAMI — Asked how much Ben Revere can help this Washington Nationals lineup, starting pitcher Max Scherzer, perpetually calculated, abandoned specifics. “Oh,” Scherzer, the beneficiary of Revere’s efforts Sunday, said. “So much.” Revere  missed the first month of the season, then struggled after returning from the disabled list May 6. He’d not yet had a game […]
Via Nationals Journal
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Five Takeaways from the Washington Nationals-New York Mets Series

Jayson Werth looks good hitting second, and the Nationals offense remains an enigma Werth has a lot to offer as a hitter, even if his low batting average doesn’t yet show it. He admitted he preferred hitting higher in the order. He sees a lot of pitches. He fouls off a lot of pitches. He draws walks and is an excellent baserunner (and he’s a career 80 percent base-stealer, too...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Revere and Rendon ignite offense in Nats 8-2 dispatch of Marlins - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon were expected to be the igniters at the top of the order to begin the season for the Nationals offense. But Revere missed 27 games with a strained right oblique and Rendon got off to a cold start. Revere returned to the lineup ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals bullpen, recently steady, may be getting reinforcement soon

MIAMI — Reliever Matt Belisle, healthy after the calf strain he suffered in late April, did not want to go on a minor league rehab assignment. He lobbied with Nationals Manager Dusty Baker not to do so, thinking he could just throw a few simulated games and be ready to go. His, er, pitch was unsuccessful, so he […]
Via Nationals Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Revere scores early run to give Nats head start - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - The Nationals did a nice job of manufacturing a run in the first inning to go up on the Marlins in the series finale. Ben Revere singled to lead off the first inning for the second game in a row. He stole second for his first stolen base ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper says his jersey being auctioned is not as advertised

MIAMI (AP) An auction house says it is offering the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his memorable dugout fight with a teammate. He says they've got the wrong shirt. Harper said Saturday he still has the jersey in question. The website Lelands.com says it's taking bids for the jersey the reigning NL MVP wore during his fight last September with closer Jonathan Papelbon, who drew...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Auction site says it's selling Bryce Harper fight jersey

The website for an auction house that specializes in sports memorabilia says it is offering the Washington Nationals jersey Bryce Harper was wearing on the day he and teammate Jonathan Papelbon got into a dugout dustup last season. A listing on Lelands.com shows an item it calls ''Bryce Harper signed game worn jersey from the Papelbon fight (MLB authentic).'' As of 11 a.m. EDT Saturday...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker sees ‘renewed life’ in Jayson Werth, the Nationals’ oldest player

MIAMI — Jayson Werth was not particularly interested in birthday jokes Friday. Some came his way anyway, though, as the Nationals’ oldest player turned 37. Dusty Baker asked him how he’s played on his birthday over the years. Werth told him he didn’t recall. But Werth’s birthday became relevant Friday night, because recently, he has looked […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker Compares Daniel Murphy to Baseball Legends

WASHINGTON — If the hot streak that Daniel Murphy is on–and has been on for almost a full calendar year–continues, the Washington Nationals will have done more than just filled a hole in free agency. They may have acquired one of the best hitters in a long time. But for now, they’ll settle for enjoying one of the best-sustained performances in the history of the game. In...
Via CBS DC
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa’s Fu Manchu was made to be a bobblehead

I have gone to two Nats game as a paying customer this season. One was Teddy Roosevelt window cling night, and one was Bryce Harper bobblehead night. I’m planning on going to another upcoming game. It’s Max Scherzer bobblehead night. This implies that I might like acquiring  toys more than watching world-class athletes compete against […]
Via DC Sports Blog
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer Makes Young Mets Fan’s Day

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have had an impressive start to the season in the heartwarming stories department, with starting pitcher Max Scherzer the latest to contribute. While tossing the ball around before Wednesday’s game at Citi Field, Scherzer spotted a young Mets fan, with a glove, along the fence line. So he threw him the ball. The boy threw it back, and Scherzer returned...
Via CBS DC
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer plays catch with young Mets fan before game (VIDEO)

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took some time to connect with a young Mets fan before Wednesday’s game. The young boy was seated in the outfield, and, judging by the tweet his dad sent the following morning, Scherzer really made the kid’s day. Video has now surfaced which shows the cool gesture by Scherzer. Check it out below. @Max_Scherzer TY for having a catch...
Via The Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Juan Lagares makes incredible over-the-shoulder catch

Ever since Yoenis Cespedes joined the New York Mets, the role of Juan Lagares has lessened. But with the chance to start in center field on Wednesday, he showed why he was so worthy of the Gold Glove he earned in 2014. With Daniel Murphy up in the top of the seventh, the former Met (and current National) hit a drive to the deepest part of Citi Field — seemingly over Lagares...
Via The Sports Daily
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Marvel goes to Washington: Comparing Nationals to superheroes

With both the Washington Nationals and Captain America: Civil War dominating their standings (the NL East and the box office, respectively), I thought it would be fun to compare the members of the Nats’ roster to their superhero counterparts. Bryce Harper: Deadpool Like Deadpool, Harper is the extremely talented young guy who has taken the baseball world by storm. The old guard...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether the habit is worth flouting a law and potentially bringing unwanted attention a player...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Bonds: Bryce Harper needs to steal more bases

Barry Bonds is one of the greatest hitters in baseball history (whether or not his performance was enhanced), and that hitting prowess led to him getting intentionally walked a fair bit. His 688 career intentional free passes are more than twice as many as the player in second place on the all-time list, Albert Pujols (who has *just* 297). Bryce Harper got the Bonds treatment in...
Via The Comeback
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Collision leads to inside-the-park home run for Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman hit an inside-the-park home run against the Marlins on Sunday, but what led to it could have had disastrous results for Miami. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Zimmerman came up to bat with the Nationals down 2-0. With a full count, Zimmerman hit a line drive off of Jose Fernandez that headed to the gap in right field. Racing towards the ball, Marcell Ozuna and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Pick Up Mike Rizzo’s Option Years

WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals picked up the contract option for Mike Rizzo that keeps the president of baseball operations and general manager with the organization through the 2018 season. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but the Washington Post reports that the deal will pay $2.5 million annually through 2018. The Nationals exercised the option before the June...
Via CBS DC
9 days ago  |  Discuss
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