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Nats Notes: Crow could be traded; One Direction coming

Nov 26, 2013, 3:47 PM EST

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Braves hire ex-Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee 

The Phillies let Rich Dubee walk a month ago after serving as the team’s pitching coach for nine seasons under Charlie Manuel, and now he has a new job.

Dubee will stay in the National League East and join the Braves as their minor league pitching coordinator. Dubee takes over for Dave Wallace who left to become the Orioles’ pitching coach.

With Dubee in store, the Phillies saw quite a run of pitching. Cole Hamels won a World Series MVP and Roy Halladay won the NL Cy Young in 2010.

Just look at the Cy Young vote getters under Dubee while he served in Philly:

2013: Cliff Lee, 6th

2012: Hamels, 8th

2011: Halladay, 2nd; Lee, 3rd; Hamels, 5th

2010: Halladay, 1st

2008: Brad Lidge, 4th

2007: Hamels, 6th

Not a bad run for the guy.

Former Nats draft pick Aaron Crow on the trade block

Royals reliever Aaron Crow never played for the Nationals, but he’ll always be tied to them. The Nats drafted Crow in the first round in 2008 and couldn’t sign him. He came back the next year, went 12th overall to the Royals, and became an All-Star.

Now it appears the Royals are ready to see what they can get for the 27-year-old. Crow is arbitration-eligible for the first time in his career, so that is a consideration. His 3.19 ERA over 187 appearances is pretty decent, though.

The Nationals got the pick back as compensation for not signing Crow and took Drew Storen in 2009 with the 10th overall pick. He has since saved 55 games in the majors including 43 in 2011 alone.

Desmond loves the Hot Stove, too

You aren’t the only one getting antsy as what seems like everyone around the Nats is making major moves, Ian Desmond wants more news as well.

Check out this tweet he sent out on Monday:

One Direction to play at Nats Park next August

It started as a rumor over the weekend as a photo featuring the band in Nats jerseys came out on Twitter, but the Nationals have confirmed that One Direction will perform on South Capitol St. The band will play at Nats Park on Aug. 11 with tickets going on sale Dec. 7.

This will be the fifth concert held at Nats Park, the other four were all sellouts. Elton John and Billy Joel came in 2009, Dave Matthews band and Zac Brown Band played in 2010, Bruce Springsteen in 2012 and Paul McCartney last summer.

Nats season ticket holders will be given a special pre-sale to purchase tickets. The team says that window should be Dec. 5 and 6. Look for an e-mail on Dec. 3 with more details on the pre-sale.

One Direction and the Nationals, all in one article. Yep.

  1. scnatsfan - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    I wouldn’t stay to see one direction if they were an after the game concert for free.

    Obviously I’m in the minority.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 26, 2013 at 4:27 PM

      Who are they?

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        Brit boy band. Europop bubblegum music; they have a couple of hits.

    • Sonny G 10 - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      I’ve never stayed for any of the concerts. I’ve also never heard of the group “One Direction”. I must have been going the other direction. :)

  2. jd - Nov 26, 2013 at 5:15 PM


    I think they are a group popular with teens. They were mentioned on Mike & Mike this morning and they even played a clip of their music; not for me.

    • natsjackinfl - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      jd, not teens. It’s”tweens”.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    i miss baseball.

  4. David Proctor - Nov 26, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    So the Lerners just asked DC to publicly finance a $300M retractable roof over Nats Park. Have they gone insane?

  5. ttraveler8 - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    One Direction is the band that was in the Pepsi ad with Drew Brees last year, where he lets their singer have the last Pepsi in exchange for being able to sing with the band – I think there is also another one where they give him the Pepsi, and the last scene is the band singer getting badly tackled. Any of you should recognize the Live While We’re Young song.

  6. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 26, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    those pitchers would be cy young contenders under any pitching coach.





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