Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Despite injuries, bullpen woes, Nats making the best of it — July 24, 2017
  2. Remarkable recovery made Tommy John a household name — July 17, 2017
  3. NL Best Nats should be well represented in All-Star Game — June 5, 2017
  4. Wounded Warriors were part of 1945 contenders — May 29, 2017
  5. The grind of the next month will tell us a lot about the Nats — May 22, 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. Back where we started: Morse shipped to Seattle; AJ Cole comes home — 1 comment
  5. Nats playing loose, getting the job done — 1 comment

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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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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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