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VIDEO: Clippard believes Nats bullpen could be best in baseball

Feb 5, 2014, 2:05 PM EDT

MLB: Washington Nationals at Toronto Blue Jays

Tyler Clippard enters 2014 as one of the Nationals’ most tenured veterans. This will be his sixth season with Washington and his eighth in the majors overall.

In his time with the Nats, Clippard has seen the team undergo a dramatic change. They are now World Series contenders just three years removed from being a last place team.

In a one-on-one interview with Mark, Clippard talks about the transformation he has seen among Nationals fans. He also goes into how the bullpen is much more experienced than in years past, and how he thinks the Nationals may have the best group of relievers in baseball.

Watch the video right here:

  1. Doc - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    It’s going to be hard to beat the Cards’ BP, but I think that we can do it!

    Gooooooooooooooooo Clip!!!! Gooooooooooooooooooo Nats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nats128 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      Braves relievers are daggone good to unfortunately.

  2. NatsLady - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    In their podcast on the Nats (1/28, I believe), there was a discussion of Clippard. They agreed he is the best reliever on the team and speculated that “guys like Soriano” turn into closers because of platoon splits. So if three righties come up in the 9th you’re gold, if three lefties come up you are shaking in your shoes. Whereas a reliever like Clip, who doesn’t have the platoon splits, can be used in more different situations, and is, in effect, more valuable than the closer.

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fangraphs-baseball/id356200509

    • NatsLady - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      Sorry, in the “Fangraphs” discussion of the Nats…

    • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:10 PM

      It also comes back to the fundamental question: Is your ‘closer’ the relief pitcher who gets the last few outs of the game regardless of who’s hitting, or is he the pitcher who gets the opponent’s best hitters out their last time through the order — whether in the seventh, eighth, or ninth? I’ll take Tyler Cllippard in the 8th against the other teams 2-3-4 or 3-4-5 hitters anytime.

  3. David Proctor - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    I’m still trying to wrap my mind around MLB basically bribing the Nationals. Interesting that these payments began in 2011, when the Nationals were eligible to renegotiate the terms and began creating a fuss. That was also when our payroll began to head north. Interesting.

    • Jb - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      It’s not a bribe. It was MLB’s job to negotiate the payment by 2011. They missed the deadline, so they are making the Nationals whole until such time as Angelos, who has his part of any deal money already, agrees to a deal. The trick will come when MLB tries to get Angelos to reimburse them retroactively for money paid to the Nats.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Assuming the story is correct, whether you call it a ‘bribe’ or ‘hush money’ or a ‘pay off’ or ‘just and compensation’ is less important than the suggestion it was: (a) done in secret, and (b) to keep the Nats from pursuing legal action. That’s the interesting story and I hope our beat reporters are tracking it down as we speculate wildly.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        Sorry: Should have read “… or ‘just and fair compensation’…”

      • Nats128 - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        I was discussing this with a tax attorney who thinks once the contract kicked in for the reset an estimated balance was owed by the Orioles to the Nationals going back retroactively to 2011 which in turn the money from MLB could be a loan against that retroactive cash or possibly forgiven.

        It’s MASN that would owe that retroactive cash which is owned by Angleos and Lerner.

        Complicated.

      • Jb - Feb 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM

        MASN and MLB are both private corporations, and MLB has an anti-trust exemption. Everything they do can be done in secret and as long as it’s legal there’s nothing anyone can do about that. And the only one with standing to determine its legality is the IRS or the court, should one or the other party file suit. It only makes sense that MASN and MLB would be doing everything legally possible to keep things out of court.

      • unkyd59 - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:41 PM

        I’m so confused. I was reading a thread about Clipp’s assessment of our bullpen, and everyone is talking about bribes, loans, and finances…. Did I miss a link, or something…?

  4. Theophilus T.S. - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    If it’s a loan it’s not taxable. If it is payment by MLB in lieu of payment by MASN it’s revenue, probably not the result the Lerners would prefer. Although I doubt the Nationals produce taxable income in any event.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Feb 5, 2014 at 6:32 PM

      If MLB were to forgive the loan that would be (potentially) taxable income, or if MASN were to repay the money advanced by MLB to the Nationals, the same result. In either event it would be taxable in the year repayment was made, possibly years down the road, which would be more palatable than if all of it had to be recognized as income at one time.

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