Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Nationals’ season sinks to unthinkable low — September 28, 2015
  2. Nats won’t be judged by 2015 failure, but how they respond — September 14, 2015
  3. With the season on the line, who would you rather be? — September 7, 2015
  4. Nats get most from Werth in the leadoff spot — August 31, 2015
  5. Encouraging signs spark memories of Nats’ 2014 run — August 24, 2015

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. It’s all Werthwhile now — 1 comment
  4. Nationals trade for CF Denard Span; Where will the dominoes fall? — 1 comment
  5. Nationals Midseason Report Card — 1 comment

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Sep 28

Nationals’ season sinks to unthinkable low

How did it come to this? Six months after after Bryce Harper essentially called out a World Series championship in the preseason, the Washington Nationals were eliminated from postseason contention with more than a week to play. Despite Harper’s MVP-caliber season and Max Scherzer‘s Cy Young-caliber first half, the defending National League East champions haven’€™t …

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Sep 14

Nats won’t be judged by 2015 failure, but how they respond

It seems like a natural instinct to judge based on failure, especially in baseball. So it might be easy to label the Nationals as a failure for falling short of their own expectations and those of many fans in the 2015 season. But it’s often in failure where success is born, and that’s how the …

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Sep 07

With the season on the line, who would you rather be?

For baseball fans, the season’s final weeks can be a manic-depressive time when fortunes turn on a dime. At least that’s how it’s been for followers of the Washington Nationals. We’ve gone from hope to despair and back so many times in the past few weeks, it’s hard to count. Remember that awful Western road …

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Aug 31

Nats get most from Werth in the leadoff spot

When the Nationals learned Friday that leadoff man Denard San would have hip surgery and miss the rest of the season, it was certainly discouraging news. Without Span’s .365 OPB and base-stealing potential atop the lineup, the team’s offense takes a severe hit, and with it their chances to catch the New York Mets in …

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Aug 24

Encouraging signs spark memories of Nats’ 2014 run

Funny how quickly your outlook can change. A week ago, many Nationals fans were calling for manager Matt Williams’ head, for the team to cut bait on Jayson Werth and the $42 million the team still owes him through 2017, and for the benching of Anthony Rendon, who had gone more than two weeks without …

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Aug 17

Just like 2013, Nats falling short, but they’re not out of it

Nationals fans across the internet seem to be in full panic mode after a four-game sweep at the hands of the San Francisco Giants. The team fell below .500 for the first time since May, and failed to gain ground on the NL East-leading New York Mets, who were swept at home by Pittsburgh. Among …

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Aug 10

Zimmerman’s big weekend, and memories of Frank Howard

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If there was a silver lining in last weekend’s series loss to the Colorado Rockies, it’s that Ryan Zimmerman appears to have fully recovered from the plantar fasciitis that has sidelined him for much of this season. The Nationals first baseman has hit safely in four straight games and seven of his last nine, and …

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Aug 03

Crazy deadline day for ex-Nat Morse

Baseball fans love the thrill of the trade deadline as players move from one team to another, sometimes in head-spinning fashion. One guy whose head may still be spinning from the flurry of deadline deals is former National Michael Morse, who was a member of three different teams, and went from East Coast, to West …

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Jul 27

A breakout weekend for Taylor recalls past rookie phenom Allison

There’s nothing quite like seeing a major league rookie come into his own, especially when he’s making the most of an opportunity to fill in for a starter. You can say “I remember when…” So it was fun watching Michael Taylor have a breakout weekend, even though the Nationals lost a difficult series in Pittsburgh …

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Jul 20

Nats get some good news on a tough weekend

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It was a frustrating, weekend of dormant offense for the Nationals against Dodgers aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, who combined to hold the Nats scoreless for 18 innings, striking out out 25 batters. Amid all the whiffs and groundouts, however, the Nats did get a key bit of good news: Injured stars Jayson Werth, …

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