Tag: Nationals

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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Apr 04

Five questions the Nationals need to answer this season

Many Nationals fans are still feeling the sting of disappointment from 2015, when preseason World Series predictions dissolved in a cloud of injuries, disappointing performances and clubhouse dissension. The Nats finished out of the postseason and watched as the NL East rival New York Mets stole their division, playoff and pennant dreams. For all but …

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Oct 12

It’s all Werthwhile now

After Chad Tracy grounded out to end the eighth inning and leave the score tied at 1-1 in Thursday’s National League Division Series Game 4, a friend turned to me and asked, “Deep down, in your heart of hearts, you really wanted a walkoff, didn’t you?” Who would want anything else? Didn’t every one of …

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Jun 01

Marty Niland on MASN: Losses to Marlins tough to swallow, but Nats have bigger fish to fry

For Nationals fans, the only thing uglier than that rotating home run display in Marlins Park is the result of the series just concluded there: a three-game sweep that soured what had been a fine National League East road trip. With at least one series now in hand against each NL East opponent, the Nats …

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May 21

‘Pretty Good’ Isn’t Good Enough as Nats Hit The Road in NL East

The Nationals’ greatness was tested once again last weekend against the Baltimore Orioles, and once again they came up just short. But several more positive signs emerged during the 2-1 series loss, and now the team will hit the road for a key stretch of National League East games that will determine exactly where they …

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May 15

Flashback: Harper’s Shot Recalls Another D.C Phenom’s First Homer

Bryce Harper ensured his place in Washington baseball history even before he became the youngest major leaguer since 1998 to hit a home run. At 19 years, 211 days old, Harper isn’t even old enough to buy a drink to celebrate his more than 400-foot blast off San Diego Padres starter Tim Stauffer, which came …

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May 05

Yes, It’s Our Park!

It seems like all the talk from Philadelphia folks about spoiling the Nationals’ “Our Park” series was just that. From the perspective of the left field stands on Friday night, the campaign was an unqualified success. The announced crowd of 34,377 certainly included fans from both teams, but unlike years past, it was not the …

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May 04

Our Park? We’ll See…

It’s showtime for the Nationals and their fans. While the atmosphere in the stands at Nationals Park has been more tepid than the team’s play on the field for the most part, all of that will change this weekend when the Philadelphia Phillies arrive for the first big division showdown of the year. The action …

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Feb 26

Zim Agrees to 6-year $100M Extension

  “The face of the franchise,” Ryan Zimmerman, is now guaranteed to be a Washington National through at least the 2019 season. Zimmerman, the first draft pick after the team moved Washington in 2005 and its starting third-baseman for the past six seasons, agreed to a contract extension this morning worth $100 million over six …

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Feb 20

Could This Be The Nats’ Last Spring in Viera?

Spring training is under way for the Nationals, with pitchers and catchers reporting this weekend. But will this be the team’s last Grapefruit League season at Space Coast Stadium in Viera? According to several media reports, the Nationals are looking at some new options as they move closer to contention in the National League East. …

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