Nov 19, 2015, 6:20 PM EST
Bryce Harper’s historic season officially was recognized Thursday evening when the young Nationals star was unanimously selected as Most Valuable Player of the National League, the sport’s highest honor for single-season performance. Harper received first-place votes on all 30 ballots submitted by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, making the dynamic right fielder…
Nov 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Neither the Nationals nor their fans are likely to remember 2015 with a whole lot of fondness. This was the season a World Series favorite failed to reach the playoffs, the season a lineup full of big names was ravaged by injuries, the season the best rotation in baseball never lived up to its billing,…
Nov 18, 2015, 3:13 PM EST
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo formally announced three more members of Dusty Baker’s coaching staff Wednesday, with Rick Schu returning as hitting coach, Jacque Jones hired as assistant hitting coach and Chris Speier hired to serve as either bench coach or third base coach. Along with the previously announced hiring of pitching coach Mike Maddux…
Nov 17, 2015, 3:46 PM EST
After a season beset by injuries both major and minor to a host of key players, the Nationals on Tuesday announced an overhaul of their medical and training staffs, one that includes not only personnel changes but philosophical changes to the manner in which they treat and attempt to prevent ailments. The organization’s medical operation…
Nov 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
This may have been a disappointing season for the Nationals as a whole, but for a few individuals it was anything but. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer, in particular, put together arguably the single-best offensive and pitching seasons we’ve seen since baseball returned to D.C. And even those who didn’t put up historic numbers in…
Nov 16, 2015, 4:54 PM EST
Veterans Reed Johnson and Sean Burnett, whose careers have been derailed by injuries, will get another shot with the Nationals in 2016 after agreeing Monday to minor-league contracts. Johnson played for the Nationals this season, though he missed five months with a torn tendon in his foot. Burnett last pitched in Washington in 2012 but…
Nov 16, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
They’ve handed out the Gold Gloves and the Silver Sluggers and the Players Choices and awards named for Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente and Marvin Miller. Now come the most prestigious of baseball’s end-of-season honors: the BBWAA awards. MLB’s eight major awards — MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year in each…
Nov 15, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 29 How acquired: 16th round pick, 2008 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 18 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $518,200 Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2019 2015 stats: 97 G, 200 PA, 14 R, 38 H, 12 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 11 BB, 45 SO, .203 AVG, .250 OBP,…
Nov 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2016: 28 How acquired: Traded from Mets for LHP Jerry Blevins, March 2015 MLB service time: 1 year, 33 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,972 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 55 G, 110 PA, 12 R, 25 H, 6 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 12 RBI, 0…
Nov 13, 2015, 5:29 PM EST
Jordan Zimmermann and Ian Desmond, as expected, have declined the qualifying offers extended to them by the Nationals last week, leaving both players full-fledged free agents and ensuring Washington will receive two compensatory draft picks if and when they sign elsewhere this winter. Zimmermann and Desmond never figured to accept the qualifying offer — a…
Nov 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ No. 1 roster priority this winter is crystal clear: Improve a bullpen that was the club’s biggest weakness this season. That, of course, is easier said than done. How exactly does general manager Mike Rizzo go about fixing this problem? Are there in-house options? Who from the current relief corps should stay and…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:11 PM EST
Bryce Harper added to his growing collection of hardware Thursday night, winning the first Silver Slugger Award of his career as one of the three best offensive outfielders in the National League. Harper was selected along with fellow outfielders Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates and Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies in a vote of NL…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed for another season. The…
Nov 11, 2015, 7:56 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg is doing well after having a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back in October, according to his agent Scott Boras. Boras, who was speaking to reporters Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida, said that the growth caused discomfort while Strasburg pitched. Scott Boras said Stephen Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically…
Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
They’ve hired a new manager, begun putting together a new coaching staff and made decisions regarding several new free agents. So now the Nationals, like all MLB clubs, are transitioning into full-blown Hot Stove League mode, the focus now on 2016 roster alterations. Some clubs will undergo massive roster renovations. Others will make only a…
Nov 10, 2015, 7:33 PM EST
Bryce Harper, to the surprise of nobody, is one of three finalists for NL MVP honors. The Nationals’ young star will have to wait another nine days to find out if he won the award, and if so, by how much margin. Harper, and teammate Wilson Ramos, did find out Tuesday evening they will not…
Nov 10, 2015, 5:06 PM EST
Five weeks after he was fired by the Nationals, Matt Williams is returning to a big-league dugout, and returning to a familiar and comfortable locale. Williams has accepted an offer to serve as the Diamondbacks’ third base coach, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, returning to the same position he held before coming to Washington…
Nov 9, 2015, 8:59 PM EST
An awards season that figures to elevate Bryce Harper’s dominant performance to new levels kicked off Monday night when the Nationals’ young star was selected as his league’s best player in 2015 by a group that may carry more weight than any other: his peers. Harper was voted NL Outstanding Player of 2015 by fellow…
Nov 9, 2015, 2:39 PM EST
The Nationals’ long and winding path toward relocating their spring training home began moving in a straight and expedited direction Monday when club executives joined MLB commissioner Rod Manfred and members of the Astros’ front office for a groundbreaking ceremony of a new two-team facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. The $144 million complex, approved…
Nov 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Whether there was purpose behind it or not, Dusty Baker shared a pretty interesting anecdote during his introductory news conference Thursday. Asked about Bryce Harper, the newly named Nationals manager offered up a story about his own days as a brash, young big-leaguer and an important lesson he learned. “I wasn’t as good a player…
Nov 6, 2015, 11:14 AM EST
Having hired their manager and filled a couple of positions on their coaching staff, the Nationals can begin shifting attention to the biggest task of the offseason: Adjusting their roster. That process, in many ways, begins later today when one of baseball’s first key offseason deadlines arrives. By 5 p.m. EST, all clubs must decide…
Nov 5, 2015, 3:57 PM EST
Acknowledging the unique nature of the situation, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Thursday the club was simultaneously negotiating contracts with both Bud Black and Dusty Baker to be their next manager, had not selected Black for the job and ultimately didn’t make the decision to go with Baker instead because of a financial disagreement.…
Nov 5, 2015, 10:51 AM EST
The Nationals added another high-profile coach to Dusty Baker’s staff Thursday morning, bringing Davey Lopes back to serve in the first base coaching position he held in D.C. a decade ago. Lopes, 70, is one of the sport’s most experienced and respected coaches, particularly as a baserunning instructor. He spent the last five seasons as…
Nov 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Dusty Baker will formally be introduced as the sixth manager in Nationals history at 11 a.m., donning a curly W cap and home jersey for the first time during a news conference at Nationals Park. It should be a time of celebration and optimism for the organization, but of course that won’t entirely be the…
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