Nationals Future Game will be played at Nats Park on March 26, 2024
The Washington Nationals just announced that on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, the team will play an exhibition game at Nats Park called the Nationals Futures Game featuring top prospects. Those great Minor Leaguers will play against current Nationals players on their MLB roster in a 12:05 pm first pitch. Players...
BleacherReport predicts Opening Day lineups
Until the Winter Meetings start, there really is little to write about when your team is not making big moves. Maybe today will be the day for the Washington Nationals. Maybe not. In the meantime, BleacherReport did a prediction on every team’s starting lineup for Opening Day of 2024 which is now exactly four months away from March 30, 2024 in Cincinnati.
The Winter Meetings start this weekend
The Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, and the last time the Washington Nationals were in that city for the Winter Meetings was back in 2015. Turn-back-the-clock to that time in 2015, and the Nats had just hired Dusty Baker to replace Matt Williams. The Nats were the talk of the town at those Winter Meetings, and were shopping for a second baseman — eventually signing Daniel Murphy.
125 days to Opening Day, 80 days to Spring Training camp, 0 days to waste in improving this team!
As we move past Thanksgiving, most teams have not added new acquisitions to their MLB roster, and the Washington Nationals are one of them. There is a lot of work to get done to get to a Spring Training roster, and general manager Mike Rizzo has less than 80-days to get there. We wait for any news that can move the Nats up from the 68.4 wins that FanGraphs is projecting today with that ghastly 22.3 WAR number.
Slow week expected — but you never know!
Baseball usually goes into a Thanksgiving hibernation as it gears up for the Winter Meetings late next week in Nashville, Tennessee. But never be surprised if a signing or trade happens. Rumors broke over Thanksgiving last year that Jeimer Candelario was headed to the Washington Nationals. Not every deal gets dragged out. What might be big for consumers and their Black Friday shopping obsessions — does not necessarily translate to baseball. The Winter Meetings is about as close as you can come to Black Friday frenzy — without the bargain sale prices.
Songs About Baseball
There have been plenty of online comments, including by MLB players on their favorite baseball movie. But what about songs?. Here is just one of the many online articles about the best baseball songs. This is a pretty short post. Please weigh in on what your favorite is. Mine is...
“The Love Me Tender” deadline for Arb-Eligible players
The Washington Nationals came into the off-season with nine arbitration-eligible players — and with a few signings, and a a couple of DFA’s, the team is in a position today to move forward with all of their four remaining players who are arb-eligible and will receive tender offers, if they do not agree to firm salaries before that, for the 2024 season.
Shockers of today’s Nats roster moves make the non-tender deadline less complicated
The Washington Nationals selected four Rule-5 eligible pitchers for the Nats 40-man roster with DJ Herz being an obvious move along with Mitchell Parker who emerged this week as a near-lock. General Manager Mike Rizzo also added RH reliever Zach Brzykcy who is rehabbing from a UCL surgery as well as RHP Cole Henry who is working his way back from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery.
A big week for Rule 5 protection and non-tender decisions!
Tomorrow is “Rule 5 day” to add any eligible players, that a team wants to protect, to their 40-man roster, and Friday is the non-tender deadline. For the Washington Nationals, they should have a clear path to the Rule 5, and the tougher decisions are on the non-tender deadline.
The Kids Still Love It!
We are repeating the initiative we started in 2021 (Donate Your Unused Red Carpet Rewards Points to the Nationals Youth Academy) and repeated in 2022 (The Kids Do Love It – Donate Your Unused RCR Points), collecting items from the RCR program to donate to the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy that supports scholar athletes from under-served communities.
Mike Rizzo speaks before the stomach flu abruptly ends the GM Meetings
The GM meetings started on Tuesday and were supposed to have concluded today in Scottsdale, Arizona, until a bad case of stomach flu hit dozens of attendees. At first they thought it might have been food poisoning — but once it was determined to be a virus, MLB shut it down on Wednesday. Today’s schedule is really for the benefit of registered MLBPA agents, and their meetings will be conducted on ZOOM calls.
Baseball America’s prospect projections for the Washington Nationals and FanGraphs numbers
Didn’t the 1971 Washington Senators just win the World Series? To see two of baseball’s Top-7 overall prospects donning Senators jerseys has to bring back some visions of grandeur. The 2024 Washington Nationals will almost certainly be tapping in on the two top outfield prospects, Dylan Crews (No. 4) and James Wood (No. 7), in the upcoming season — and maybe one of them makes the Opening Day roster.
Strikeouts and the Future of Baseball
The New York Times newsletter had an interesting article Parade of Strikeouts recently. The article talks about the positive of the recent rule changes and concludes that more changes are needed. So lets discuss. Ray:. The great golfer Bobby Jones stood watch over his creation Augusta National until his passing....
The General Manager’s meetings start tomorrow
There are only 30 GM jobs in MLB, and it makes it one of the most coveted jobs in the world. In the new-age era of moneyball-to-analytics, the GM’s job spills over on many teams to almost make some of the managers into puppets — with the GMs pulling the strings. There are GMs that have overrides on lineup configurations and when to pull a starting pitcher. Mister Geppetto just has to be smart enough to know which strings to pull. Modern day managers don’t even realize how much their jobs have changed since the days when a manager like Davey Johnson was doing his own rudimentary form of analytics in the dugout — a first for a manager.
Official: Nats have promoted Eddie Longosz to VP of Player Development
The Washington Nationals made their promotion official with Eddie Longosz taking on the position of Vice President and Assistant General Manager of Player Development and Administration in an announcement by Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager, Mike Rizzo. With a wide ranging search that we reported on weeks...
The predictions of the cost to sign free agents
The World Series could end tonight, and we could officially be in the offseason tomorrow. Free agency is looming right around the corner — and will really get going at the Winter Meetings in Nashville on December 4. That is just 33 days from now. Washington Nationals’ owner Mark...
Baseball lost a great one in Frank Howard
If you are 50 years old or younger, you missed seeing “The Capital Punisher” in a Washington Senators uniform. Fortunately, I saw Frank Howard in-person from Section 528 of the upper deck in 1965. The man hit moonshots. RFK Stadium could not contain him. He was the star player at the time for the Washington Senators, thanks to a blockbuster trade with the Dodgers.
The 4-year anniversary of the “CLANG” heard ’round the world that led to the Nats World Series championship!
Baseball fans in Washington D.C. were 95-years in waiting for a World Series championship. You had to go back to 1924 to Walter Johnson‘s Senators for the only D.C. baseball championship. That all changed in 2019, and next year — Johnson’s championship turns 100. Can you believe it has been exactly four years since the Washington Nationals won the World Series! Savor it, enjoy it. They do not happen often — even when you spend so much money that you blow through the CBT cap to win. It took a good team with incredible chemistry and veteran leadership along with some youthful exuberance and some divine intervention from the baseball gods. The “CLANG” heard ’round the world was courtesy of Howie Kendrick, and that put the final clang exclamation mark on it.
The final Washington Senators team looking for their 1st WS win, and Max Scherzer 4 yrs later!
Once upon a time, there were two Washington Senators teams. The original Senators team of Walter Johnson went to Minnesota, while Frank Howard‘s Senators landed in Texas as the Rangers in 1972. Ted Williams was their manager, Howard their first baseman, and Dick Bosman their ace pitcher. They lost 100 games that year. Former owner Bob Short didn’t rip our team from Washington to take them to Texas to win championships — rather just to make more money. He sold control just two years later for a huge profit. Short totally stepped away in 1980, and just two years later and upon his death the Washington Post wrote, “Mr. Short became one of the most reviled sports figures in Washington’s history … [Short] said he had trouble making a profit [in Washington] with his new team and angered fans by trading or selling top players.” WaPo couldn’t even find anything nice to say on the man’s death.
Lessons learned from this year’s World Series teams that both lost 102+ game just 2 years ago!
The Washington Nationals knew they were not going to be a contender this year short of a miracle. With a 16-game win improvement over last year, there are reasons for optimism — even in a season where the Nats finished in last place in the NL East — but nowhere close to the bottom in baseball.
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