Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. History on Rizzo’s side if he makes a deal — July 28, 2014
  2. Nats hit milestones on an historic date — July 21, 2014
  3. Midseason report card: Improving Nats have a chance to move up — June 30, 2014
  4. Solstice brings potential defining moment for Nationals — June 23, 2014
  5. Counting down the Nats’ ‘houses of horror’ — June 16, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro — 2 comments
  2. Farewell to two old friends: Brian Schneider and Nick Johnson — 1 comment
  3. Nationals Midseason Report Card — 1 comment
  4. It’s all Werthwhile now — 1 comment
  5. Nationals trade for CF Denard Span; Where will the dominoes fall? — 1 comment

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Jul 28

History on Rizzo’s side if he makes a deal

Aside from President Obama’s golf scores, the most closely held secrets in Washington these days are how long Ryan Zimmerman’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined, and whether the Nationals will make a trade to replace Zimmerman’s potent bat if his absence is a long one. General manager Mike Rizzo has said publicly that he …

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Jul 21

Nats hit milestones on an historic date

As America commemorated 45 years since the first human steps on the moon Sunday, the Washington Nationals were celebrating some milestones and anniversaries of their own on the way to their 53rd victory of 2013, a 5-4 walk-off win over Milwaukee. Gio Gonzalez labored through one of his more difficult starts of the season, but …

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Jun 30

Midseason report card: Improving Nats have a chance to move up

We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2014 season, and it’s time once again to grade the Nationals on their performance so far. This year, the team stands at 43-38, a half game behind first-place Atlanta in the National League East. A year ago at this time, they were 41-40 and 6 1-2 games behind the …

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Jun 23

Solstice brings potential defining moment for Nationals

The Summer Solstice is a day of celebration in many cultures, and now Nationals fans might want to adopt it as a holiday of their own after a magical and momentous series against the Atlanta Braves. Those who paid close enough attention Saturday evening might have actually noticed the Earth tilting and the momentum shifting …

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Jun 16

Counting down the Nats’ ‘houses of horror’

Music fans of a certain age are mourning the death on Sunday of long-time radio host Casey Kasem. Long before the days of podcasts, teenagers and young adults would ritually tune in each week, usually on Sundays, to hear the genial Kasem count down the top 40 songs in the nation. Nationals fans, meanwhile, are …

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Jun 09

Nats face thier own Test of Champions

Just like California Chrome coming off his Preakness victory in mid May, the Nationals finally seem to be rounding into form. They have won seven of their past nine games, outscoring opponents 53-16. The bats have been hot, with the fifth best OPS in the National League at .737 since the start of the month. …

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Jun 02

Sub-.500 team can blame some familiar “Nats killers”

Yu Darvish’s performance on Sunday (five hits in eight innings with 12 strikeouts) certainly qualifies as one of the better games ever pitched against the Nationals, but this was also his first time facing them. Luckily for Washington fans, Darvish plays in the American League, so as Bob Carpenter might say, they’ll “see Yu later” …

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May 19

With rotation dinged again, Nats need quality starts – and good luck

Another week, another key injury for the Nationals. This time it’s Gio Gonzalez, who landed on the disabled list of for the first time in his seven-year career after being knocked around for a second straight start.  If you’re keeping score at home, that makes eight members of the opening day roster who have been …

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May 12

Parity? Nationals put disparity on display

Parity seems to be a buzzword in the major leagues these days. Much has been written about how the low-budget, small-market teams like the Oakland A’s are competitive with big-spending clubs. It was disparity, however, that best described last weekend’s series between Nationals and the A’s. It played out like a three-day infomercial for “Moneyball,” …

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May 05

Hang on, help is on the way

What a frustrating weekend for the Nationals and their fans. After beating up on the hapless Houston Astros and another of their characteristic come-from-behind victories in the series opener in Philadelphia, the road trip went south in a hurry. The Nats’ bats fell silent at the hands of AJ Burnett and Roberto Hernandez in a …

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