Marty Niland

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Name: Marty Niland
Date registered: January 21, 2012

Latest posts

  1. Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic — April 13, 2015
  2. Five things that must break the Nats’ way in 2015 — April 6, 2015
  3. Williams named National League Manager of the Year — November 12, 2014
  4. In a game of inches, Nationals coming up short all around — October 6, 2014
  5. Five Reasons the Nats will make a deep postseason run — September 29, 2014

Most commented posts

  1. Tigers Outbid Nats for Fielder; Team Set for Gio Intro — 2 comments
  2. Nationals Midseason Report Card — 1 comment
  3. It’s all Werthwhile now — 1 comment
  4. Back where we started: Morse shipped to Seattle; AJ Cole comes home — 1 comment
  5. Farewell to two old friends: Brian Schneider and Nick Johnson — 1 comment

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Apr 13

Three reasons Nats fans should remain optimistic

Repeat after me: “It’s still early… It’s a marathon, not a sprint… Nobody ever won a pennant in April… Three of our best hitters haven’t played yet.” Can we think of any other worn-out clichés to perk up the spirits of Nats fans expecting more after a 2-4 first week? There are probably plenty. Quite …

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Apr 06

Five things that must break the Nats’ way in 2015

How can a team that hasn’t even competed in a league championship series be a favorite to win the World Series? It may seem odd, but that’s the predicament the Washington Nationals find themselves in as they enter the 2015 season. Experts nationwide have pegged a team with a bullpen full of question marks , …

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Nov 12

Williams named National League Manager of the Year

Nationals manager Matt Williams, who in his first season guided an injury-riddled team to the National League’s best record and its second division title in three years, has been named the 2014 National League Manager of the Year. Williams received 18 of 30 possible first-place votes from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to finish …

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Oct 06

In a game of inches, Nationals coming up short all around

We’ve all heard that baseball is a game of inches. It’s a seemingly small measurement that can make the difference between a ball and a strike, a hit and an out or even a win and a loss. Such measurements are also apparently important to San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Hudson, who questioned the Nationals’ …

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Sep 29

Five Reasons the Nats will make a deep postseason run

The time we’ve been waiting for all year is at hand. After closing out the regular season on the highest possible note – Jordan Zimmermann throwing the Nationals’ first no-hitter since the team moved to Washington in 2005 – the team and its fans can now get ready for the postseason. The bitter taste of …

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Sep 22

One blogger’s votes for the Nats’ 2014 awards

Each year, the D.C. chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association polls members of the Nats blogosphere to determine its Player Achievement Awards. The voting is organized by District Sports Page Editor and fellow MASN guest blogger Dave Nichols. This year’s winners will be announced on Monday, Sept. 29 on the DC-IBWAA website. This blogger …

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Sep 15

No slow lane on the road to the 2014 postseason

It comes down to this: With 14 games left in the regular season, the Nationals visit their division archrivals in Atlanta with a chance to clinch the National League East, drop the Braves below .500 and send them to the outer fringes of the postseason picture. In a season where they’ve overcome numerous injuries and …

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Sep 08

Storen is right choice as Nats’ new closer

It didn’t take long for Nationals manager Matt Williams to reveal his next closer. Two days after Rafael Soriano blew his seventh save of the season and fifth since the All-Star break, Drew Storen emerged from the Nats’ bullpen in the ninth inning of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Philadelphia and set the Phillies down in …

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Sep 01

Slugfest in Seattle proves Nats can beat anyone, anywhere

The Nationals and their fans bid a reluctant farewell to Seattle after the team pounded a Mariners staff with the lowest ERA in baseball for ten home runs over three days in pitcher-friendly Safeco Field. Manager Matt Williams told reporters before the series that it was not necessarily a measuring stick for a team that …

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Aug 25

Homestand for the ages shows Nats have character

Has there ever been a better time to be a Nationals fan? A team that some baseball experts called the biggest disappointment of the season just a few weeks ago now sits atop the National League after a 9-1 homestand for the ages — the most remarkable this team has seen since moving to town. …

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