Nov 12, 2014, 12:30 PM EST
Not that there was any reason to assume otherwise, but the Nationals officially announced Wednesday they are retaining their entire coaching staff for 2015, establishing the kind of continuity that group has not enjoyed in seven years. All seven members of manager Matt Williams’ staff will return next season: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve…
Nov 12, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Tuesday night was a big one for Matt Williams, who won NL Manager of the Year in his first season as skipper. The 48-year-old guided a Nats team through injuries and adversity to an NL East championship and 96 wins, the best record in the National League. Soon after learning he won the award, Williams…
Nov 11, 2014, 6:23 PM EST
Updated at 8:40 p.m. Matt Williams had no substantive managerial experience prior to his hiring by the Nationals 12 months ago, aside from a few weeks in the Arizona Fall League and as a fill-in skipper for the Diamondbacks’ Class AA affiliate. Inexperience, though, didn’t prevent him from earning his profession’s top honor in his…
Nov 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Last week, they handed out Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. This week comes the main event: the announcement of MLB’s four major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The fun begins tonight with the two Rookie of the Year Awards, continues Tuesday with Manager of the Year Awards, picks up Wednesday…
Nov 8, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Taken in 16th round of 2008 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 18 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $507,900 Contract status: Pre-arbitration, free agent 2019 2014 stats: 42 G, .231 BA, .300 OBP, 91 AB, 8 R, 21 H, 2 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBI, 7 BB, 29 SO, .685 OPS, 0.3 WAR…
Nov 7, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Taken in 1st round (6th overall) in 2007 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 2 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3 million Contract status: 2nd year of arbitration eligibility, free agent 2016 2014 stats: 47 G, 63 IP, 68 H, 34 R, 28 ER, 5 HR, 21 BB, 39 K, 1.413 WHIP, 2-3, 4.00 ERA, 4.16 FIP, -0.2 WAR Quotable:…
Nov 6, 2014, 5:30 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: Taken in the 9th round of the 2010 MLB Draft MLB service time: 144 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $500,000 Contract status: Signed for 2015, still rookie eligible 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “I’m going to…
Nov 5, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 38 How acquired: Claimed on waivers from Yankees on Aug. 5, 2014 MLB service time: 9 years, 129 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Signed for $3.5 million through 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 18 G, 11.1 IP, 10 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 8 K, 1.059 WHIP, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.51…
Nov 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EST
After leading his team to an NL-best 96 wins in his rookie season as skipper, Matt Williams has been named a finalist for National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Williams is among three nominees, the others are Bruce Bochy of the Giants and Clint Hurdle of the Pirates. Bochy…
Nov 4, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade with Oakland on Dec. 11, 2013 MLB service time: 4 years, 81 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.675 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR Quotable: “The situational type innings or…
Oct 21, 2014, 12:11 PM EST
Matt Williams was named NL Manager of the Year in the Sporting News’ annual poll of fellow big-league skippers, perhaps a precursor to his winning MLB’s official Manager of the Year award next month. Williams beat out the Cardinals’ Mike Matheny and the Marlins’ Mike Redmond for the Sporting News award, announced today by the…
Oct 8, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — Ryan Zimmerman, even-keeled to the end, tried to put into perspective what has happened to the Nationals the last three seasons. “I think winning the division two out of three years is pretty good,” the veteran third baseman said late Tuesday night inside the losing clubhouse at AT&T Park. “I think people…
Oct 5, 2014, 8:25 PM EST
SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Williams had plenty of time during an overnight, cross-country flight to replay the decision he made in the top of the ninth Saturday at Nationals Park. Most outside observers were criticizing the rookie manager for pulling Jordan Zimmermann one out away from a shutout win in Game 2 of the NLCS…
Oct 5, 2014, 3:08 AM EST
Frustrated with what they viewed as an inconsistent strike zone from home plate umpire Vic Carapazza, both Nationals manager Matt Williams and Asdrubal Cabrera allowed it to all boil over and result in ejections from Game 2 of the NLDS on Saturday night. Both got the hook in the bottom of the 10th inning, though…
Oct 4, 2014, 2:33 PM EST
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and his wife, Chelsey, are expecting their third child this month, and it could cause the two-time Silver Slugger to miss a playoff game. Manager Matt Williams gave an update on the situation Saturday, saying Chelsey is “very close” and is expected to give birth any day now. Whether it could…
Oct 3, 2014, 9:44 PM EST
Stephen Strasburg was probably looking forward to pitching in the postseason for much longer than just the last two years. But given he was shut down towards the end of 2012 as part of his recovery from Tommy John surgery – taken out of the equation just weeks before his teammates entered the playoffs – Friday’s…
Oct 3, 2014, 9:06 AM EST
Nationals manager Matt Williams has done plenty to prove his abilities as a rookie skipper this season. Yes, his team is among the most talented in baseball, but guiding a club to the best record in your league is no easy task. Take into account all the injuries they endured early this season and Williams did…
Oct 2, 2014, 5:52 PM EST
[Updated: 5:55 p.m.] The Nationals held a simulated game at Nats Park on Wednesday with the hopes of getting Doug Fister some action against live hitters during a long layoff between starts and for Ryan Zimmerman to further test his sore right hamstring. Zimmerman, though, was unable to play third base in the game and…
Sep 30, 2014, 7:00 PM EST
All throughout the 2014 season, the Washington Nationals and in particular their veteran leaders have talked about winning the NL East as step one in their long list of goals. Win the division, make the playoffs and give themselves an opportunity to play for a championship, a chance they did not get one year ago.…
Sep 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EST
After winning their division and locking up the No. 1 seed in the NL, the Washington Nationals now have no choice but to wait four whole days before Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday. It’s not ideal to finish the regular season on a roll, looking like a World Series favorite, then just stop…
Sep 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EST
Before Jordan Zimmermann secured the first no-hitter in Nats history and his teammates rushed the field, Sunday afternoon was already a special day for the Washington Nationals. It was the final day of the regular season with the mystery of a playoff run up ahead. Several players were removed from the game after reaching base…
Sep 28, 2014, 7:46 PM EST
Nationals manager Matt Williams laid out a plan for his starting rotation before the final week of the regular season, saying he would limit their outings based on pitch count and innings. The thought was to not push them hard before what the team hopes is a long stay in the MLB playoffs. There was…
Sep 28, 2014, 12:21 PM EST
Nationals manager Matt Williams said this week he needed to see how Jordan Zimmermann’s bruised shoulder fares on Sunday before determining the team’s postseason rotation. On Saturday, Williams delayed that announcement even more. Williams will likely wait until Thursday now to announce his rotation and roster. He wants to see who the Nationals’ opponent will be…
Sep 27, 2014, 3:12 PM EST
With time running out to get Ryan Zimmerman playing time before the postseason, the Nationals again held him out of the lineup for Saturday afternoon’s game against the Marlins. Zimmerman returned a week prior from a right hamstring strain and he still has not felt up to playing third base. Manager Matt Williams said Zimmerman…
Sep 26, 2014, 5:37 PM EST
For the second time in three years, no team in the National League will finish with a better record than the Nationals. Thanks to Doug Fister’s 4-0 shutout victory over the Marlins in the first half of Friday’s day-night doubleheader, the Nationals locked up home-field advantage through the NLCS, duplicating their feat from 2012. “If…
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