Oct 5, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT
One of the distinct privileges of membership in the Baseball Writers Association of America is the opportunity to vote for baseball's biggest end-of-season awards: MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year. Two BBWAA members representing each club vote for each award. So there are two NL MVP voters from the…
Oct 5, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT
Dear readers, The Nats have been nothing if not exciting, and it has been my pleasure to experience the intense highs and devastating lows with all of you. I have thoroughly enjoyed interacting with you and watching you interact with Mark and with each other. I have learned so much about baseball from your comments…
Oct 4, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT
Photo by Rachel Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER I missed Stephen Strasburg's June 8 debut by one day and his win total by 2. Good journalists strive to be several things. Trustworthy. Fair. And, of course, accountable. If you aren't willing to admit when you were wrong about something, you don't belong in this business. And…
Oct 4, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT
So, the season's over. Players have dispersed around the world, from Northern California (Drew Storen) to the Netherlands (Roger Bernadina). Mike Rizzo is preparing to go to Viera, Fla., to watch some instructional league games. Stan Kasten is preparing to vacate his office and move back to Atlanta before embarking on whatever is next in…
Oct 4, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez posted 21 quality starts but won only 10 games. NEW YORK — Now that the season is complete, scan the Nationals' stat page. You'll notice some impressive individual performances. Adam Dunn hit 38 homers, drove in 103 runs and posted an .892 OPS. Ryan Zimmerman hit…
Oct 3, 2010, 11:22 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Players congratulate each other after pulling out today’s 14-inning win. NEW YORK — Earlier this weekend, someone sitting on the Nationals bench brought up the finale from the 2009 season: a marathon, 15-inning game in Atlanta that finally ended with a 2-1 Washington victory. Justin Maxwell, who played…
Oct 3, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT
NEW YORK — If this is his last game with the Nationals, Adam Dunn certainly isn't approaching it with any added emotion. The soon-to-be-free agent was his usual self in the clubhouse this morning, joking around with everyone, setting his fantasy football roster and generally avoiding any thoughts about where he'll be playing next year.…
Oct 3, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Livan Hernandez faces Mike Pelfrey in today's season finale at Citi Field. NEW YORK — So it has come to this, Game 162. That number always seems like a far-away, distant mirage, something unattainable. Then the next thing you know, it sneaks up on you. The Nationals limp…
Oct 2, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Tyler Clippard has suffered two losses in 18 hours. NEW YORK — This is what happens when a ballclub limps to the finish line, when a club that is woefully thin on the bench tries to overcome injuries to its top three hitters, when a club that has…
Oct 2, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Yunesky Maya faces fellow Cuban Raul Valdes today at Citi Field. NEW YORK — After all that rain the last few days, this is a welcome sight: It's a gorgeous, autumn afternoon here in the Big Apple. Feels like October baseball. Which I suppose this technically is, though…
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