Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Espinosa’s play should win fans’ hearts as well as games — April 21, 2014
  2. Flashing back to happier times after a lost weekend — April 14, 2014
  3. Rizzo’s moves take some sting out of Zimmerman injury — April 7, 2014
  4. Nationals 2014 Preview: Pitching — March 30, 2014
  5. Nationals 2014 Preview: Hitters — March 29, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro — 2 comments
  2. Nationals trade for CF Denard Span; Where will the dominoes fall? — 1 comment
  3. Nationals Midseason Report Card — 1 comment
  4. Farewell to two old friends: Brian Schneider and Nick Johnson — 1 comment
  5. Back where we started: Morse shipped to Seattle; AJ Cole comes home — 1 comment

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Apr 21

Espinosa’s play should win fans’ hearts as well as games

For those who are afraid the Nationals 2014 season will be a sad repeat of 2013, take a good look at last weekend’s four-game split with the St. Lois Cardinals. The knock on the Nats has been that they can rack up cheap wins at the expense of the Marlins and Mets, but come up …

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Apr 14

Flashing back to happier times after a lost weekend

Vinnie Castilla

The Academy Award-winning film “The Lost Weekend” details an alcoholic’s troubles in giving up his bad habits during an especially rough weekend. Sound familiar, Nationals fans? There will be plenty of time to reflect on the Nats’ lost weekend in Atlanta. The injuries, the errors, the baserunning mistakes and all their other failures in their …

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Apr 07

Rizzo’s moves take some sting out of Zimmerman injury

A collective sigh of relief swept through Nationals Park when Ryan Zimmerman stepped up to pinch hit Sunday in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves. Although he struck out (a bit awkwardly at that) the appearance was a sign that whatever is bothering Zimmerman’s troublesome right shoulder is not enough of a concern to …

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Mar 30

Nationals 2014 Preview: Pitching

Monday’s 2014 season opener against the New York Mets will be another milestone for Stephen Strasburg. With his third consecutive opening day start, he will match Livan Hernandez for the most in modern Washington Nationals history, and move into a tie with Hernandez and Jeff Fassero for the third-longest opening day start streak in the …

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Mar 29

Nationals 2014 Preview: Hitters

Let’s get the predictions out of the way first. I’m calling “World Series or Bust” for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The defending National League West champions have two wins under their belts before most other teams have even played a game, and there should be many more to come. In fact with all their talent …

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Jan 13

Original National Jemey Carroll returns

One of the men who was on the field when baseball returned to Washington in 2005 for the first time in 34 seasons will be back in a Nationals uniform this spring. The Nationals signed 40-year-old Jamey Carroll to a minor league contract last week, a deal that included an invitation to spring training. The …

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Oct 26

Adding Williams as manager, keeping Knorr as coach could give Nats everything they want

The Nationals’ search for a new manager is apparently over with the reported selection of Arizona Diamondbacks’ coach Matt Williams to lead the team. Williams, 47, current Nationals bench coach Randy Knorr and San Diego office assistant Brad Ausmus were on the team’s list of finalists as they seemed to be joining the trend of …

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Jul 15

Home cooking will be crucial to Nats’ stretch run

  Even after Sunday’s 5-2 extra-inning win over the Marlins, it’s hard to describe them as doing anything but limping into the All-Star break with a 48-47 record. However, the Nats still have a chance to take advantage of a post-break schedule that’s loaded with home games, division opponents – and for the most part …

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Jul 08

Harper joins elite company with All-Star start

Bryce Harper made history last season when he became the youngest position player selected to the major league All-Star game at the age of 19, and he’s doing it again with his second appearance at the age of 20. Not only will Harper be the youngest position player ever to start for the National League, …

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Jul 01

Nationals Midseason Report Card

The halfway point of the season is an ideal time to take stock of what the Nationals have accomplished so far and what they need to improve. Here are the grades so far: Starting Pitching: B-plus. Jordan Zimmermann (11-3, 2.28) is the main reason the Nats are still in contention in the National League East. …

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