Nov 4, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT
Alfonso Soriano – one of the most decorated players in the Nationals’ brief history in Washington – has retired from the game of baseball after 16 MLB seasons. Soriano, 38, played just one year with the Nats, in 2006. He hit .277 with a .911 OPS, stole 41 bases and posted 46 home runs and 95…
Nov 4, 2014, 7:51 PM EDT
Both Adam LaRoche and Denard Span lost out on the NL Gold Glove awards for their respective positions after entering Tuesday night as finalists. The award for first base went to Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers, while Juan Lagares of the Mets won the honors for center field. Managers and coaches vote for the competition…
Nov 4, 2014, 6:34 PM EDT
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 EDT
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…
Nov 3, 2014, 9:19 PM EDT
At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday morning, MLB teams can begin making offers to free agents. In other words, the Hot Stove season is officially upon us. That means Asdrubal Cabrera, Nate Schierholtz and Scott Hairston are free to look elsewhere. It also means the Nats can begin filling holes on their roster for the 2015 season.…
Nov 3, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT
Seeking to fill out the final spot on their 40-man roster, the Nationals claimed right-handed pitcher Eric Fornataro off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday. Fornataro, 26, made his major league debut with the Cardinals in April. In eight MLB appearances this season, Fornataro gave up five earned runs in 9 2/3 innings…
Nov 3, 2014, 4:21 PM EDT
The Nationals made a significant addition to their front office on Monday in hiring veteran MLB executive Bob Miller as Vice President and Assistant General Manager. Miller, 50, spent the previous nine seasons with the Cincinnati Reds in the same role. According to Nats GM Mike Rizzo, Miller will assist in all facets of baseball…
Nov 3, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Drafted in 12th round of 2005 MLB Draft MLB service time: 4 years, 160 days 2014 salary+bonuses: $1.375 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible, free agent in 2017 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR Quotable: “I don’t normally…
Oct 27, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT
Nationals prospect Tony Renda has been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League ‘Fall Stars’ showcase game on Nov. 1, the team announced on Monday. Renda – a 23-year-old second baseman – is currently playing with the Mesa Solar Sox, alongside other players from the Nationals’ system. Renda holds a .205 average with six…
Oct 25, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals have seven players participating in this year’s Arizona Fall League as members of the Mesa Solar Sox. The Solar Sox have played 15 games now, providing a decent sample size for an update on their progress. Here is a look at each Nats prospect’s time so far in Arizona: RHP Derek Self –…
Oct 24, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT
The Nationals announced a group of front office changes on Friday afternoon, including the expansion of their baseball research and development department. Adam Cromie has been promoted to assistant general manager and director of baseball operations. He previously held just the second part of that title. Sam Mondry-Cohen was promoted to director of baseball research…
Oct 23, 2014, 3:33 PM EDT
The Nationals are holding their annual NatsFest a little earlier than usual this offseason. The annual event which is normally hosted just weeks before the team heads to spring training will now be on Dec. 13 at the Walter E. Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year before the 2014 season, the Nats held the event in…
Oct 23, 2014, 1:46 PM EDT
Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche and center fielder Denard Span have been named Gold Glove finalists for the 2014 season by Rawlings. The group of finalists was announced on Thursday. LaRoche – who won the award in 2012 – is up against Justin Morneau of the Rockies and Adrian Gonzalez of the Dodgers. Span –…
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 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 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 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 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 7, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT
After beating Madison Bumgarner in Game 3 on Monday afternoon, the Nationals will now send their own best lefty to the mound in Game 4 hoping to keep their season alive. Gio Gonzalez was the Nationals’ starter for both Games 1 and 5 back in 2012, so he has experience both pitching on the road…
Oct 5, 2014, 12:04 PM EDT
Though the Nationals came out on the wrong end of Game 2 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, the night will go down in MLB history as the longest playoff game ever played. The players involved surely won’t appreciate the significance of that until the season is over, but we can. Here is…
Oct 5, 2014, 3:08 AM EDT
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 EDT
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 4, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT
After a frustrating Game 1 loss that shifted the Giants’ way on minor defensive mistakes and missed opportunities at the plate, the Nationals turn the page on Saturday with Jordan Zimmermann on the mound. Zimmermann (14-5, 2.66) is coming off the best start of his career, and now he arguably enters his most important thus…
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