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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 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 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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Aug 04

Resilience, luck have Nats in good position

We’ve all heard that it’s better to be lucky than good, but a resilient Nationals team has offered proof over the past week that it’s best to be both. The Nats were clinging to a 1 1-2 game lead over Atlanta in the National League East just a week ago. Since then, they have lost …

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Jul 28

History on Rizzo’s side if he makes a deal

Aside from President Obama’s golf scores, the most closely held secrets in Washington these days are how long Ryan Zimmerman’s hamstring injury will keep him sidelined, and whether the Nationals will make a trade to replace Zimmerman’s potent bat if his absence is a long one. General manager Mike Rizzo has said publicly that he …

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Jul 27

Willingham’s Two Grand Slams

July 27, 2009 Josh “The Hammer” Willingham accomplished a very rare feat when he became only the 13th player in major league baseball history to hit two grand slams in one game. Willingham’s first grand slam came off of the Brewers’ starting pitcher Jeff Suppan in the fifth inning. The second grand slam occurred only …

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Jul 21

Nats hit milestones on an historic date

As America commemorated 45 years since the first human steps on the moon Sunday, the Washington Nationals were celebrating some milestones and anniversaries of their own on the way to their 53rd victory of 2013, a 5-4 walk-off win over Milwaukee. Gio Gonzalez labored through one of his more difficult starts of the season, but …

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