Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. The grind of the next month will tell us a lot about the Nats — May 22, 2017
  2. Could the Nats have the bullpen answer on their roster? — May 15, 2017
  3. A Nats fan’s response to a youngster in search of a team — May 8, 2017
  4. Healthy Zimmerman makes a big difference for Nats — April 24, 2017
  5. Roy Sievers was a true hero, but can today’s stars match him? — April 17, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro — 2 comments
  2. Nats won’t be judged by 2015 failure, but how they respond — 2 comments
  3. Nationals trade for CF Denard Span; Where will the dominoes fall? — 1 comment
  4. Farewell to two old friends: Brian Schneider and Nick Johnson — 1 comment
  5. It’s all Werthwhile now — 1 comment

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May 22

The grind of the next month will tell us a lot about the Nats

The Nationals are most likely spending a good bit of quality time with their loved ones on Monday’s off day because they won’t be seeing much of each other for the next month. Thanks to the rescheduling of the May 11 rainout against Baltimore, the Nats are scheduled to play every day from Tuesday through …

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May 15

Could the Nats have the bullpen answer on their roster?

Sunday was another torturous day for Nationals fans as they watched the team’s erratic late-inning relief corps blow leads in both ends of a split doubleheader, wasting fine performances from starters Gio Gonzalez and Max Scherzer. Only Michael A. Taylor’s eighth-inning homer—a shot that glanced off the left-field foul pole—and Matt Albers’ second appearance of …

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May 08

A Nats fan’s response to a youngster in search of a team

You may have heard the story of Pete Van Vleet of Ashland, Virginia, who wrote to every major league team, asking each to make a case for his newborn son, Jack, to be their fan. The 42-year-old Richmond native, a former colleague at The Associated Press, did not have a home team to root for …

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Apr 24

Healthy Zimmerman makes a big difference for Nats

One big difference between the Nationals and New York Mets that allowed the Nats to sweep the weekend series with their National League East rivals was overall team health. Several key members of the Mets’ lineup were out with injuries all weekend, while the Nats’ starting lineup was intact by Sunday. One member of the …

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Apr 17

Roy Sievers was a true hero, but can today’s stars match him?

Somewhere last night, an exited kid of 10 or 11 proudly hung a Bryce Harper poster in their bedroom, and fell asleep to dream of the day when they, too, would hit a walk-off homer for the Nationals, sending the crowd into delirium. It’s not hard to find heroes on the Nats these days. The …

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Apr 03

3 Keys to success for the Nationals in 2017

Washington sports fans are a demanding lot. We’re not satisfied with merely winning. We are disappointed if our teams don’t improve. We’re not entitled like New Yorkers, who expect to contend for a championship every year. But neither do we feel cursed, like Cubs fans before their team broke its 107-year record of futility last …

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Oct 10

Lobaton’s homer was no October surprise to Baker

The National League Division Series between the nationals and the Los Angeles Dodgers may be knotted at one game apiece, bit when it comes to drama and momentum, the Nats are clearly ahead after Sunday’s 5-2 victory And while fans are rightly cheering backup catcher Jose Lobaton as the unlikely hero the team needed to …

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Oct 03

History shows anyone could be the Nats’ postseason hero

The Nationals are banged up as they enter the 2016 playoffs, with many of their top stars out or ailing for the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But if they are going to give Washington a postseason series win for the first time since 1924, the Nats will still need a …

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Sep 26

Dustup with Pirates may have helped Nats find playoff mojo

If the injured, tired Washington Nationals were wondering where they might get that extra push for the postseason, they may have found it Sunday in Pittsburgh. A day after clinching the National League East and celebrating late into the night, the Nats were clearly a weary team. They wrapped up a nine-game, 10-day road trip, …

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Sep 20

Remembering the Nats’ first postseason clincher

As the Nationals play the second leg of their final road trip this season, fans are still wondering when they will clinch the National League East title. Barring an extended losing streak, the Nats are likely to celebrate their third division title in five years in a visitors clubhouse, in front of another team’s fans. …

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