Jan 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO WILL BE THE FIRST PERSON WEARING A NATIONALS CAP ON A HALL OF FAME PLAQUE? MARK ZUCKERMAN: Wow, what a great topic for debate. Because this isn’t just about trying to predict which Nationals player is most likely to become a Hall of Famer, but which one is most likely to…
Dec 29, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…
Dec 11, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though he has remained out of sight since managing the final game of the season in Arizona, Davey Johnson remains a member of the Nationals’ organization. The 70-year-old former skipper officially is listed as a consultant in the club’s baseball operations department, and general manager Mike Rizzo has repeatedly said…
Nov 23, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Draft (12th round), June 2009 MLB service time: 15 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 3 G, 7.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 5 HR, 6 BB, 11 SO, 1.917 WHIP, 0-1, HBP, FIP…
Nov 20, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 24 How acquired: Trade with Diamondbacks, July 2011 MLB service time: 27 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 8 G, 9 PA, 8 AB, 2 R, 3 H, RBI, BB, .375 BA, 1.069 OPS, 191 OPS+, 0.2 WAR 2013 analysis: Most…
Nov 19, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 25 How acquired: Draft (2nd round), June 2009 MLB service time: 63 days 2013 salary+bonuses: N/A Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020 2013 Stats: 24 G, 36 PA, 30 AB, 8 R, 5 H, HR, RBI, 3 SB, 2 CS, 5 BB, 6 SO, .167 BA, .572…
Nov 18, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 26 How acquired: Draft (3rd round), June 2008 MLB service time: 2 years, 113 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $526,250 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2014, free agent in 2017 2013 Stats: 44 G, 167 PA, 158 AB, 11 R, 25 H, 9 2B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, SB, 4 BB, 47 SO, .158 BA, .465 OPS, 27 OPS+,…
Nov 17, 2013, 8:38 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2014: 27 How acquired: Waivers, April 23, 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 19 days 2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900 Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2013 Stats: 16 G, 12.1 IP, 15 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 8 BB, 9 SO, 1.865 WHIP, 6.57 ERA, 4.02 FIP, 0.0 WAR…
Nov 5, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT
Fired on July 22 from his job as hitting coach for the Washington Nationals, Rick Eckstein has finally landed on his feet, taking a position with the L.A. Angels of Anaheim. Eckstein will help the Angels as an assistant hitting coach, but will also have advance scouting duties. FoxSports.com first reported the news. Eckstein was…
Nov 5, 2013, 4:48 PM EDT
Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo conducted a thorough search to replace Davey Johnson in the Nats’ dugout, and in the end went with a man he has a long history with. In comes Matt Williams who has been on Rizzo’s radar for years as a potential skipper. Mark caught up with Rizzo at last Friday’s…
Nov 3, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
As Matt Williams takes over as manager of the Washington Nationals, he knows he’s got a roster with talent top to bottom. They won 98 games just two seasons ago and you don’t have to follow them closely to know they have star players. Whether it’s Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman or Bryce Harper, the Nats…
Oct 27, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT
In hiring Matt Williams as their manager (or at least planning to), the Nationals opted for an external candidate with no MLB managerial experience to pull from. They chose an up-and-comer who was a very good major league player and should bring a unique energy to the clubhouse. Exactly what type of manager will Williams…
Oct 25, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT
Major-league general managers only get so many opportunities to hire a new manager, even fewer opportunities to conduct a managerial search with a completely clean slate. So when presented with such a scenario, Mike Rizzo did what almost any GM would have done: He went with the guy he’s always believed would make a great…
Oct 10, 2013, 2:48 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo has stated the Nationals’ number one priority this offseason is hiring a new manager for 2014. There are internal candidates, external candidates, some with decades of experience, and some with none at all. Which direction will Rizzo choose? In this episode of Beltway Baseball, Mark and I discussed the Nats’ managerial race ,…
Oct 9, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT
As the Nationals look towards 2014, they will likely opt for more experience off their bench and hopefully bring with that more depth in case of injury. In this episode of Beltway Baseball, Mark and I discuss whether the Nats should look at a familiar name to fill that role, free agent Michael Morse. Morse…
Oct 7, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
It’s been a week since the Nationals’ season ended, giving Mark and I some time to think about the year that was. 86 wins was not enough for the Nats to make the playoffs, and was nowhere near what many expected this team to accomplish in 2013. So, why exactly did they underachieve? In this…
Oct 1, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The Nationals are transitioning into offseason mode, and so are we. Over the next five days, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, beginning today with the No. 1 storyline: The search for a new manager to replace Davey Johnson… Mike Rizzo is no dummy. He knows what needs…
Sep 30, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT
PHOENIX — The overwhelming sense of disappointment was evident throughout the Nationals’ clubhouse at Chase Field late Sunday afternoon, once their season was officially over, their 2013 record forever written in stone as 86-76. Everyone in that clubhouse expected to win more than 86 games this year. A second-straight NL East title, followed by a…
Sep 29, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Davey Johnson had plenty of time to prepare for this, and he’d already formally been honored by the Nationals prior to his final home games one week ago, so by the time Sunday’s season finale was winding down the departing manager was, understandably, spent. Perhaps a day or two or 20 years earlier,…
Sep 29, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT
Game in a nutshell: For the final game of his illustrious managerial career, Davey Johnson decided to let his rookies and reserves take the field while his regulars got to enjoy the view from the dugout. Turns out those kids put together a solid performance of their own. Tanner Roark completed a surprising and impressive…
Sep 29, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT
PHOENIX — And so we have reached the end of the road. A long, often frustrating, still entertaining season will conclude today here at Chase Field, with the Nationals falling short of their lofty expectations but still finishing with either 86 or 87 wins, hardly a terrible record by any stretch of the imagination. The…
Sep 29, 2013, 12:42 AM EDT
PHOENIX — Dan Haren’s season, much like the Nationals’ season, felt like a lost cause earlier this summer. With little reason to believe things would significantly turn for the better, both the right-hander and his team easily could have mailed it in and turned their sights on 2014. In the end, neither did. Haren resurrected…
Sep 28, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT
PHOENIX — Mike Rizzo conducted a lengthy session with beat reporters shortly before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, both looking back at what happened this season and looking ahead to what he hopes to accomplish this offseason. The Nationals general manager was disappointed in his team’s play through the first four months, was highly encouraged…
Sep 28, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT
Updated at 11:35 p.m. PHOENIX — Gio Gonzalez had decided to start the Nationals’ season finale. But then once they won Saturday night’s game to ensure Davey Johnson would finish at least 300 games over the .500 mark for his career, the departing manager decided to hand the ball to Tanner Roark after all. Gonzalez…
Sep 28, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT
PHOENIX — By no stretch of the imagination was Dan Haren’s first season with the Nationals a success. Which is why there’s virtually no chance Haren will have a second season with the Nationals. Give the veteran right-hander credit, though. He never made any excuses for his poor performance. And he battled his way back…
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