Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Nats deserve serious All-Star consideration — June 20, 2016
  2. Streaks to remember: Stras and the Big Train — June 13, 2016
  3. Lots of positives in disappointing series for Nats — June 6, 2016
  4. Strasburg’s better (No, really, he is)! — May 30, 2016
  5. Remembering Tom Cheney, who deserved better — May 16, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Nats won’t be judged by 2015 failure, but how they respond — 2 comments
  2. Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro — 2 comments
  3. Nationals Midseason Report Card — 1 comment
  4. Nats playing loose, getting the job done — 1 comment
  5. Farewell to two old friends: Brian Schneider and Nick Johnson — 1 comment

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Jun 20

Nats deserve serious All-Star consideration

Time is running out to cast All-Star ballots, and for the first time in several years, more than one member of the Nationals deserves consideration for a starting spot. The National League team has included two Nats in each of the last three seasons, as well as in 2005, the Nats’ first season in Washington. …

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Jun 13

Streaks to remember: Stras and the Big Train

Stephen Strasburg has been in great company while streaking through this season, blowing past franchise marks for consecutive victories set by Pedro Martinez, Dennis Martinez and Livan Hernandez, and matching Jake Arietta for the major league lead in wins. If that’s not enough, the Nationals star now stands shoulder-to-shoulder with arguably the greatest pitcher of …

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Jun 06

Lots of positives in disappointing series for Nats

So the Nationals just lost two out of three to the second-worst team in the National League, allowing 22 runs 31 hits and seven home runs to the 21-36 Reds. Let’s dwell on the positive, though, shall we? Despite the pitching staff getting spanked by one of the league’s top hitting teams, the struggling offense …

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May 30

Strasburg’s better (No, really, he is)!

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So where are the Stephen Strasburg trolls now? A year ago, they were out in force, but a guy who was once seen by some as a first-round bust seems to have quieted them, maybe for good. Remember last year, when Strasburg was lifted from a game in Cincinnati after just batter into the second …

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May 16

Remembering Tom Cheney, who deserved better

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Max Scherzer’s 20-strikeout performance against the Detroit Tigers was certainly one for the ages, the highlight of one of the most remarkable weeks in the history of the Washington Nationals. But Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, whose contract extension was a key part of that week, owe a debt of gratitude to a man who might …

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May 09

Nats aren’t as far behind Cubs as they seem

The old adage goes that good baseball teams play .500 on the road and have a winning record at home. Still, Nationals fans can’t help but have a bad taste in their mouths after dropping the last four games of a 5-5 road trip to the Chicago Cubs. It seems the Cubs have been edging …

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May 02

Ross, Nats pitchers show there’s no need for a DH

When the Nationals visit the Kansas City Royals tonight, manager Dusty Baker will pencil a designated hitter into his lineup for the first time this season. But even playing in an American League park, Baker might actually think twice before he does so. Most Nationals fans could sense that Joe Ross was done for the …

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Apr 25

Is this fun enough for you?

The Nationals have a new slogan this season, and it’s probably not the one the marketing team envisioned. Instead of the “One Pursuit” tagline the team rolled out for the 2016 season, what seems to have caught on with the fans is Bryce Harper’s seemingly impromptu “Make Baseball Fun Again.” Spawned in the the wake …

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Apr 18

Nats playing loose, getting the job done

Even with Sunday’s extra-inning loss to Philadelphia, courtesy of a blown save by Jonathan Papelbon, the Nationals are still doing quite well, thanks. At 9-2 and four games ahead of Philadelphia, they have the best record and biggest division lead in all of baseball. That seems light years ahead of last season, when they struggled …

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Apr 04

Five questions the Nationals need to answer this season

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Many Nationals fans are still feeling the sting of disappointment from 2015, when preseason World Series predictions dissolved in a cloud of injuries, disappointing performances and clubhouse dissension. The Nats finished out of the postseason and watched as the NL East rival New York Mets stole their division, playoff and pennant dreams. For all but …

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