Oct 20, 2014, 3:17 PM EDT
The Fall Classic is upon us, and while we don’t know yet whether the 2014 World Series will prove to be a classic, we do know it will provide a most unexpected and interesting matchup. Best as we can tell, nobody correctly predicted a World Series between the Giants and Royals back on Opening Day.…
Oct 20, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: 3rd round pick, 2004 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 27 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $6.5 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 stats: 154G, 648 PA, 73 R, 151 H, 26 2B, 3 3B, 24 HR, 91 RBI, 24 SB,…
Oct 19, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 29 How acquired: Traded from Indians for INF Zach Walters, July 2014 MLB service time: 7 years, 27 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $10 million (Indians paid entire salary) Contract status: Free agent 2014 stats (total): 146 G, 616 PA, 74 R, 133 H, 31 2B, 4 3B, 14 HR, 61 RBI,…
Oct 18, 2014, 3:12 PM EDT
While the Giants and Royals get set to play the 2014 World Series, the Nationals and 27 other MLB teams are in the early stages of their offseason. Here is a look at some important dates to keep in mind while you wait the four long months before pitchers and catchers report to spring training…
Oct 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 24 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2011 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 130 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.8 million Contract status: Club option for 2015, likely Super-2 arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2020. 2014 Stats: 153 G, 683 PA, 111 R, 176 H, 39 2B, 6 3B, 21 HR,…
Oct 17, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Adam LaRoche checked in with CSN last night on SportsTalk Live with Brian Mitchell. The first baseman talked about a variety of subjects as part of a promotion for a baseball complex he built back home in Kansas for local kids. Before getting to his charitable work, LaRoche discussed how he is rooting for his…
Oct 17, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 35 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 11 years, 102 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $20 million Contract status: Signed for $21 million in 2015, $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2014 stats: 147 G, 629 PA, 85 R, 156 H, 37 2B,…
Oct 16, 2014, 12:25 PM EDT
‘Baseball in the District’ is back for an offseason preview show, as Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed in Mark Zuckerman and Thom Loverro as guests to look ahead to 2015. Mark was great on the Nationals’ priority list for this offseason, what went wrong for the Nats in the NLDS and how…
Oct 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade from Twins for RHP Alex Meyer, Nov. 2012 MLB service time: 6 years, 111 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $6.5 million Contract status: $9 million club option (or $500,000 buyout) in 2015, free agent in 2016 2014 Stats: 147 G, 668 PA, 94 R, 184 H, 39 2B,…
Oct 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 22 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 2 years, 159 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $2.15 million Contract status: Signed for $2.25 million in 2015, arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2019 2014 Stats: 100 G, 395 PA, 41 R, 96 H, 10 2B, 2 3B, 13 HR,…
Oct 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, concluding today with the No. 5 storyline: Might the Nats part ways with three once-touted prospects (Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa,…
Oct 13, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 4 storyline: Wondering whether one of the majors’ best bullpens might be bolstered even more…
Oct 12, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 3 storyline: Figuring out who will play the one starting position on the field that…
Oct 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). Over a five-day stretch, we’ll run through the five biggest storylines of the winter for this club, continuing today with the No. 2 storyline: Attempting to sign Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann and/or Doug Fister to long-term extensions…
Oct 10, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
Today, October 10th, is the 90th anniversary of the only World Series championship captured by a D.C. baseball team. It was 1924 and the Washington Senators took care of the New York Giants in seven games. We thought it was a good time to catch up with Frederic Frommer of The Associated Press, an expert…
Oct 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
As the Nationals transition into offseason mode, so do we (a little sooner than any of us expected). 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: Figuring out who will play first base in 2015, and the domino…
Oct 9, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT
When injuries forced the Nationals into acquiring a second baseman this summer, they went out and got Asdrubal Cabrera, a former All-Star shortstop with the Indians who switched to the other side of the infield for the first time in five years and performed admirably down the stretch for his new club. Cabrera now is…
Oct 9, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT
Perhaps the most confounding part of the Nationals’ loss to the Giants in the NL Division Series was the absence of production from the middle of their lineup. Their veterans, the ones who had been there before and helped lead the Nats to the playoffs, simply didn’t show up. Instead it was the youngest players…
Oct 8, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Gio Gonzalez’ playoff record now includes three starts to analyze, two in 2012 and one this year, the Nats’ season-ending loss in Game 4 of the NLDS. His 3.21 career ERA in the postseason makes it difficult to draw a true conclusion, but a close look reveals he has been anything but sharp. Gonzalez walked 11…
Oct 8, 2014, 12:07 PM EDT
After returning from a serious hamstring strain in late September, Ryan Zimmerman was supposed to be worked back into the Nationals lineup right before the postseason. They had two weeks until the playoffs began and what seemed like plenty of time to make the transition. It just didn’t quite work out that way, as Zimmerman…
Oct 8, 2014, 8:30 AM EDT
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 8, 2014, 12:23 AM EDT
Updated at 4:00 a.m. SAN FRANCISCO — Postseason baseball requires the utmost precision. Every pitch is magnified. Every swing is crucial. Every fielding attempt is life-or-death. The teams that win in October are the ones, quite simply, that don’t make mistakes. They pitch well. They hit at the right moments. They make all the plays…
Oct 7, 2014, 5:53 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — The Nationals won a do-or-die game yesterday, no small achievement. But all that did was set the stage for another do-or-die game tonight, in which a win would only ensure one final do-or-die game Thursday in D.C. In other words, the task remains tall. The matchup in Game 4, however, does favor…
Oct 7, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO — His overall numbers (3-for-14) don’t blow you away, but don’t let the numbers fool you. Bryce Harper has played a huge role for the Nationals in the NLDS, never more so than in Game 3 on Monday. Let’s start with his ninth-inning home run, another titanic shot over the high wall in…
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