Oct 21, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ian Desmond led the Nats in sacrifice flies … with five. A wonderfully quirky and genuinely nice man who for decades served as an official scorer at both Yankees and Mets games, Bill Shannon, hated the sacrifice fly. When he was scoring a game and someone would drive in a run via…
Oct 21, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
General manager Mike Rizzo was kind enough to sit down this week for a lengthy interview at Nationals Park and answer questions on all sorts of topics facing the organization as the offseason begins. You may already have read my article off the interview, in which I focused on Rizzo’s take on the Nationals’ situation…
Oct 20, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Hitting coach Mark McGwire congratulates Jason Motte following last night's win. I hope I wasn't the only one who really enjoyed watching Game 1 of the World Series last night, happy to see a couple of aces actually pitch well and a tight, one-run game come down to a couple of key…
Oct 20, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT
Despite speculation from national media outlets that the Nationals will be among the clubs making serious overtures to free agent first basemen Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder this winter, general manager Mike Rizzo insists he’s “comfortable” with his team’s current crop of first basemen. The Nationals already have veteran Adam LaRoche (who missed most of…
Oct 20, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Ross Detwiler is one of several young arms the Nationals have in their arsenal. We've talked a lot already this offseason about what positions the Nationals need to improve to get themselves closer to contention in 2012. This morning, let's turn the tables a bit and talk about what positions they might…
Oct 19, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo It's been cold and rainy in St. Louis all day. If it's late October and it's the Midwest, weather is probably going to be a factor. Sure enough, the World Series opens tonight in St. Louis in dreary conditions: Temperatures in the 40s, rain in the forecast and a strong wind blowing…
Oct 19, 2011, 2:08 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Busch Stadium hosts Game 1 of the Fall Classic tonight. This World Series matchup — Texas vs. St. Louis — is being billed as a huge surprise, but maybe it's not as big a shocker as we want to believe. After all, the Rangers were the defending American League champs. And though…
Oct 18, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT
The Nationals announced today they've returned Rule 5 draftee Elvin Ramirez to the Mets, sending the right-hander back to New York after he missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. Ramirez, a hard-throwing reliever whose fastball reached triple digits when healthy, was plucked away from the Mets last December. The Nationals hoped he would…
Oct 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
NatsTown has been fairly quiet since the season ended three weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t issues to discuss. Chase Hughes tackled a bunch of topics this afternoon during our first offseason installment of Beltway Baseball Live. We talked about the postseason and previewied the World Series between the Cardinals and Rangers. As…
Oct 17, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT
US Presswire file photo Bryce Harper is 3-for-27 in seven games with the Scottsdale Scorpions. As the postseason reaches its final leg — the 107th World Series begins Wednesday in St. Louis with an unlikely Rangers-Cardinals matchup — baseball's various offseason leagues are just starting to heat up. In Arizona and across the Caribbean, more…
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