Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Nats and their fans get the celebration they deserve — September 11, 2017
  2. Nats getting key plays from unlikely sources — August 28, 2017
  3. Nats’ likely bench players gaining valuable experience for postseason — August 7, 2017
  4. Washington needs sports stars like Howard, Zimmerman — July 31, 2017
  5. Despite injuries, bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it — July 24, 2017

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  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 11

Nats and their fans get the celebration they deserve

We partied like it was 1933. For the first time in several generations, Washington baseball fans celebrated a championship  the right way: on their home field after a win. It hadn’t happened in Washington since Sept. 21, 1933, when the original Nats beat the St. Louis Browns, 2-1 at Griffith Stadium. After Lefty Stewart tossed …

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Aug 28

Nats getting key plays from unlikely sources

How many injuries can the Nationals withstand and still maintain the second-best record in the National League? Let’s hope that question remains rhetorical. But when an infielder who wasn’t supposed to get out of the minor leagues this season and the 13th different man to play the outfield in 2017 are making key plays, it’s …

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Aug 07

Nats’ likely bench players gaining valuable experience for postseason

The dog days of August are proving to be a grind for the Nationals, playing .500 ball in their past 10 games. But while they endure this rough patch of injuries and a sometimes sputtering offense, they are laying valuable groundwork for the postseason. Let’s face it, with a 13-game lead in the National League …

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Jul 31

Washington needs sports stars like Howard, Zimmerman

Marty Niland July 30, 2017 was a day Nationals fans should long remember. On that sunny Sunday afternoon, they got to celebrate a baseball milestone along with two men who became stars at times when their teams and fans needed it. In the third inning of the Nats’ 10-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies, Ryan …

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Jul 24

Despite injuries, bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it

How are you feeling about the Nationals’ season so far? Are you one of those glass-half-empty types who believe that the 59-38 Nats have underachieved this season and should be competing with the Los Angeles Dodgers for baseball’s best record, if not for so many wasted scoring opportunities and blown leads? Or is your glass …

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Jul 17

Remarkable recovery made Tommy John a household name

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the date a Dodgers pitcher tore an elbow ligament, an injury that eventually made his name not only a part of baseball vernacular, but a household term. We learned over the weekend that Nationals pitcher Joe Ross will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, a procedure that one-third of …

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Jun 05

NL Best Nats should be well represented in All-Star Game

These are great days to be a Nationals fan. Once upon a time, Washington was ridiculed as “first in war, first in peace, and last in the American League.” Now, after winning five of the first six games on their current West Coast road trip, the Nats are first in the National League, and first …

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May 29

Wounded Warriors were part of 1945 contenders

Every game at Nationals Park, the Nats and their fans pay tribute to members of the United States military who have recently returned from combat, some who were wounded in the line of duty. The fans seemed especially appreciative of World War II veterans in Sunday’s pregame Memorial Day Tribute, giving them a rousing welcome. …

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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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