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2011 - 2012 Washington Nationals Off-Season Thread


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#1 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:17 PM

A little behind of the Off-Season Thread start.

Best news so far: http://espn.go.com/m...well-kidnapping

Wilson Ramos rescued after his kidnapping in Venezuela.

#2 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:37 PM

Current roster and Lineup for the 2012 Nationals:

Current Roster
C - Kurt Suzuki
1B - Adam Laroche
2B - Steve Lombardozzi
SS - Danny Espinosa
3B - Ryan Zimmerman
LF - Mike Morse
CF - Bryce Harper
RF - Jayson Werth

Bench: Chad Tracy, Jesus Flores, Tyler Moore, Cesar Izturis, Roger Bernadina

SP - Stephen Strasburg
SP - Gio Gonzalez
SP - Jordan Zimmerman
SP - Edwin Jackson
SP - Ross Detwiler
Closer - Tyler Clippard

Bullpen - Sean Burnett, Tom Gorzelanny, Craig Stammen, Michael Gonzalez, Drew Storen, Ryan Mattheus

AAA Shuttle/Backups/DL:
P - John Lannan, Yuniesky Maya, Luis Atilano, Jeff Fulchino, Matt Purke, Elvin Ramirez, Cole Kimball (DL-60),
Brad Lidge, Chien Ming Wang (DL-15), Henry Rodriguez (DL-15)
OF - Jason Michaels, Brett Carroll, Eury Perez, Xavier Nady, Rick Ankiel, Corey Brown
IF - Chris Marrero, Anthony Rendon, Mark Teahen, Carlos Rivero, Ian Desmond (DL-15), Mark DeRosa (DL-15)
C - Wilson Ramos (DL-60), Jhonaton Solano (DL-15), Candy Maldonado


Departures:
Cole Kimball - claimed by Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Bixler - claimed by Houston Astros
Laynce Nix - signed by Philadelphia Phillies
Collin Ballester - traded to Detroit Tigers
Doug Slaten - non-tendered
Jonny Gomes - signed by Oakland A's
Livan Hernandez - signed by Houston Astros
Todd Coffey - signed with LA Dodgers
Alex Cora - signed with St. Louis Cardinals
Mike Cameron - retires prior to Spring Training
Ivan Rodriguez - retired

Arrivals:
Cole Kimball - claimed off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays
Ryan Perry - acquired from Detroit Tigers in trade
Jeff Fulchino - signed Free Agent
Mark DeRosa - signed Free Agent
Brad Lidge - signed Free Agent
Gio Gonzalez - acquired from Oakland A's in trade
Edwin Jackson - signed Free Agent
Mike Cameron - signed Minor League Contract
Mark Teahen - signed Minor League contract
Michael Gonzalez - signed Free Agent

2012 Season Prediction: 88-74, 3rd Place NL East

Edit: Updated 8/1/12

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 07 August 2012 - 09:58 AM.


#3 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:41 PM


Johnson to manage Nationals next season
http://washington.na...ws_was&c_id=was

Johnson made it clear that his goal in 2012 is win the NL pennant. To do that, the Nats must improve offensively. Johnson felt that his position players struck out too much. He would like to see much more production out of his reserves. Last year, the bench was built on speed and defense. Johnson would like to add power to the bench.




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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:41 PM

Personally I feel that this team is ready to take the next step, that being said bringing Livan back on a 1 year deal for cheap money wouldn't be the worst thing for this team to do. Worst case with him you get a Wakefield type long man who can throw a bunch of innings. Sizemore would fit in very well as a wise gamble for this team to make, I wouldn't rule out Josh Willingham part 2 either.

#5 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:43 PM

Nats sign Wang to $4 million deal for 2012

http://washington.na...ws_was&c_id=was



Wang credits the Nationals for not giving up on him even though it took so long to recover from the shoulder injury. "I am appreciative of the opportunity and all the support the Nationals gave me to make the comeback," Wang said in a statement. "I am excited about next season, playing together with my teammates, and look forward to doing my best to help the Nationals to the playoffs."





#6 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:50 PM

Nats show interest in Japanese lefty Wada

http://washington.na...ws_was&c_id=was

According to one source, the Nationals have scouted Wada "a lot" this past season and "the team considers him an option." The 30-year-old has played his entire career with the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks, going 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA this past season.

#7 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 12 November 2011 - 12:55 PM

Personally I feel that this team is ready to take the next step, that being said bringing Livan back on a 1 year deal for cheap money wouldn't be the worst thing for this team to do. Worst case with him you get a Wakefield type long man who can throw a bunch of innings. Sizemore would fit in very well as a wise gamble for this team to make, I wouldn't rule out Josh Willingham part 2 either.


I wouldn't mind any of those options. Sizemore in CF, Willingham in LF (until Harper is ready), Livan for depth.

Of their free agents I wouldn't mind seeing them bring back Laynce Nix, Rick Ankiel, and Livan Hernadez. Todd Coffey will probably be signed somewhere else. If Jesus Flores is healthy, let Ivan Rodriguez go.

#8 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:56 PM

Harper will compete for right field

http://espn.go.com/b...ght-field<br />
While the Nationals have stated their desire to have Harper play at each level of the minors, starting a season with a 19-year-old position player in the majors wouldn't be unprecedented. Back in 1989, the Seattle Mariners gave their Opening Day center-field job to a kid who had played just 18 games above Class A.

Ken Griffey Jr. turned out pretty well.

Obviously, phenoms like Griffey are the rarity. Since 1950, only four players in their age-19 season have received 500 plate appearances -- Griffey, Robin Yount, Rusty Staub and Al Kaline. Only three others -- Edgar Renteria, Ed Kranepool and Tony Conigliaro, received as many as 400 plate appearances.

But Johnson's point was clear: That's the kind of talent Harper possesses.

If Harper wins the right-field job, Johnson also said he'd be comfortable sliding Jayson Werth over to center field, where he started 14 games last season. "He loves center," Johnson said. "He's a heck of a right fielder and I thought he did a good job in center."

#9 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:02 AM


Nationals gain two, lose two in Rule 5 Draft
http://washington.na...ws_was&c_id=was

The Nationals selected two players in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday: catcher Beau Seabury of the Rockies in the Triple-A phase, and right-hander Matthew Buschmann of the Padres in the Double-A phase.

In the Major League phase of the Draft, the Nationals lost outfielder Erik Komatsu to the Cardinals and right-hander Brad Meyers to the Yankees.



#10 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 12:04 AM


Phillies sign Laynce Nix to 2-year deal
http://espn.go.com/m...r-deal</strong>

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed outfielder Laynce Nix to a two-year contract.Nix batted .250 with a career-high 16 home runs and 44 RBIs in 124 games for the Washington Nationals last season. He started 79 games, including 59 in left field, 12 in right field and six at first base. The 32-year-old Nix is a left-handed hitter.




#11 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 09 December 2011 - 11:04 PM


Nationals acquire reliever Perry from Tigers

http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111209&content_id=26139384&vkey=news_was&c_id=was


The Nationals made their first trade of the offseason on Friday, acquiring reliever Ryan Perry from the Tigers in exchange for right-hander Collin Balester.

Perry became expendable after the Tigers signed free agent Octavio Dotel during the Winter Meetings. Perry is a pitcher who has a power arm. His fastball is clocked as high as 99 mph. He also has a power slider. Perry, who has a Minor League option left, could make the Nationals' big league roster as a sixth or seventh inning reliever before Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen enter the game.



#12 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 02:42 PM

Nationals sign reliever Fulchino

http://www.masnsports.com/nationals_buzz/2011/12/report-nationals-sign-reliever-fulchino.html

The Nationals have signed right-handed reliever Jeff Fulchino, who split last season between the Padres and Astros.In a five-season career that has also included stints with the Marlins and Royals, the 32-year-old Fulchino is 9-10 with a 4.84 ERA in 163 relief outings. He was 1-4 with a 5.71 ERA in 2010.



#13 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:32 PM


Cameron, Nats come to terms on Minors deal
http://washington.nationals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111219&content_id=26197140&vkey=news_was&c_id=was

The Nationals have agreed on a Minor League deal with outfielder Mike Cameron. Manager Davey Johnson said that he is looking for power off the bench and Cameron, who will turn 39 on Jan. 8, could be one of his answers. Besides coming off the bench, Cameron could platoon with Roger Bernadina in center field.

This season, Cameron played for the Red Sox and Marlins and hit a combined .203, with nine home runs and 27 RBIs. He is best remembered for being traded from the Reds to the Mariners as part of the deal that sent Ken Griffey Jr. to Cincinnati after the 1999 season.



#14 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 30 December 2011 - 02:10 PM

Nationals sign Mark DeRosa for Bench

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7396426/washington-nationals-sign-utilityman-mark-derosa-one-year-deal

The Nationals have signed Mark DeRosa for bench versatility. DeRosa has played 6 different positions during his career, including 3rd, 2nd & SS, and has a .272 lifetime avg.

#15 educatedcheese

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 08:10 PM

Nats sign Michael "Beast Mode" Morse to 2-year extension (Kilgore)

Essentially they've bought out his 2 arb years; signed through 2013. Reportedly at $10.5M.

#16 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:57 PM

Nats win in Fielder signing...

Don't have to overpay a fat, slow DH to be their 1B for the next 9 years...

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 27 January 2012 - 02:58 PM.


#17 educatedcheese

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 04:13 PM

Nats sign Brad Lidge (Kilgore)

1 year, $1M + incentives

#18 ForceAtHome

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:40 PM

I like the Lidge signing, but I'm surprised he picked the Nats. That bullpen is getting full if I ever seen one...

The rotation should feature Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, John Lannan, and Chien-Ming Wang. That pushes the already competent Ross Detwiler into being the ace of the triple-A staff and first injury call up as the bullpen already has a long reliever in Tom Gorzelanny.

Drew Storen is the closer. The leaves Tyler Clippard, Brad Lidge, Sean Burnett, Henry Rodriguez, and Ryan Perry as locks for middle relief duty in the bullpen. Cole Kimball and Ryan Mattheus would then be battling for the final spot (if they went with an eight-man bullpen), assuming they don't want Detwiler sitting in the pen. I know Lidge isn't exactly a model of good health of recent, and that Strasburg, Zimmermann, and Wang aren't long removed from serious injuries, but that could be one of the top pitching staffs from top to bottom in the league if things shape up.

#19 Wingack


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:57 PM

I could see Clippard or Storen getting flipped for a CF now though.

#20 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 03:05 PM

I could see Clippard or Storen getting flipped for a CF now though.


I could see the Nats deciding to hold onto both of these guys, since their outfield in July will be:
LF - Mike Morse
CF - Jayson Werth
RF - Bryce Harper

#21 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:05 PM

Edwin Jackson, Nationals agree

http://espn.go.com/m...ngton-nationals

The Washington Nationals have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with free-agent pitcher Edwin Jackson.

The contract is reportedly worth between $9 million and $12 million.

Jackson becomes yet another Scott Boras client to join the Nationals, following Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth.

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 02 February 2012 - 10:06 PM.


#22 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 05 February 2012 - 07:49 PM

Coffey's cup of coffee in DC ends

http://espn.go.com/l...ffey-agree-deal

In a development that essentially removes any suspense heading into spring training where their bullpen is concerned, The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever Todd Coffey on a one-year, $1.3 million contract with a club option for 2013.

Coffey spent last season with the Washington Nationals, posting a 3.62 ERA in 69 appearances, striking out 46 and walking 20 in 59 2/3 innings. He has a career ERA of 4.08 and briefly pitched out of the closer's role for the Cincinnati Reds in 2006, posting eight of his 11 career saves.

#23 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 09:46 AM

Cardinals sign veteran infielder Alex Cora

http://www.stltoday....19bb30f31a.html

The Cardinals and utility fielder Alex Cora have agreed on a minor-league deal that will allow the veteran to serve as both competition and mentor for the club's group of less-experienced infielders.

Cora hit .224 for the Washington Nationals in 2011 while appearing at all four positions in the infield. He was considering a move to coaching -- a role the Cardinals see him holding while vying for a spot on the major-league bench.

#24 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:50 PM

Nats, Ankiel agree to Minor League deal

http://washington.na...ws_was&c_id=was

Outfielder Rick Ankiel is returning to the Nationals. On Sunday, he agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Nationals were looking for a left-handed hitter for their bench, and Ankiel could be a good fit. He also could find himself platooning in center field with Mike Cameron, who also signed a Minor League deal this offseason.

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 10 February 2012 - 03:53 PM.


#25 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 10 February 2012 - 03:53 PM

Nationals sign Mark Teahen to minor league deal

http://www.washingto...QekuQ_blog.html

The Nationals signed corner infielder and outfielder Mark Teahen to a minor-league deal, the team announced this afternoon. Teahan, 30, will compete for a spot on the Nationals’ bench and could give them needed depth at Class AAA Syracuse.

In his seven-year career, Teahen has hit .264/.327/.409, mostly with the Kansas City Royals. Teahen struggled mightily last season with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays, hitting .200/.273/.300 with four home runs in 177 plate appearances.

#26 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:15 PM

Nats only have 6 players on their 40 man roster older than 30. Could be 8 if they end up with Rick Ankiel and Mark Teahen on the opening day roster.

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 20 February 2012 - 02:26 PM.


#27 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 02:23 PM

Mike Cameron decides to retire.

http://m.espn.go.com...storyId=7592222

Further clears the way for the possibility of Bryce Harper beginning the season in the Majors, if Ankiel or Bernadina can't play well enough to claim the position.

Paging Mr. Werth to Center, Werth to Center...



#28 nayrbrey

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 11:46 AM

Rumor: Zimmerman signs 6 Year 100 Million Extension:
WaPo

#29 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 27 February 2012 - 01:04 PM

Rumor: Zimmerman signs 6 Year 100 Million Extension:
WaPo


No longer a rumor. Zimmerman to be a Nat through 2019.
http://sportsillustr...=siextra_022712

Zimmerman to have an AAV of $15.75 million over the next 8 years. Love that they spent their money to lock up the best 3rd baseman in the NL, rather than spend it on Prince Fielder. Good core of young players locked up for the next 5-7 years.

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:57 PM

This exists:


#31 soxhop411


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 01:55 PM

Nationals Park introduces 8-pound ‘StrasBurger’



[indent=1]Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink. This signature dish is the perfect entrée to share at this affordably-priced family restaurant.




http://www.washingto...k8g7R_blog.html

Edited by soxhop411, 12 March 2012 - 01:56 PM.


#32 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

Chien-Ming Wang strains hamstring

http://espn.go.com/m...rains-hamstring

"Hopefully, it's not serious," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said. "(Wang) was having a great spring, trying to come back to what he was. So you hate to see something like that.
"He was having a great outing. He was throwing the heck out of the ball. He was pitching at 90-91 (miles per hour), and he hit 93. He was just outstanding."

#33 canderson


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:40 PM

In news that isn't shocking at all, Bryce Harper was optioned to AAA Syracuse today.

http://sports.yahoo....-215852309.html

#34 PAB1353

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:51 PM

Lannan demoted to AAA

http://mlb.mlb.com/n...ws_was&c_id=was

#35 TomRicardo


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Posted 04 April 2012 - 01:59 PM

Awesome, 1 million more a year than Igawa to play AAA

#36 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:59 PM

Awesome, 1 million more a year than Igawa to play AAA


Yeah, but unlike Igawa, Lannan will be back up in the majors to pitch this season. As soon as someone gets injured...

#37 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 01:21 PM

Nats lineup and roster to change next week when Rick Ankiel and Mike Morse return from the DL.

Who's going down?

Would bet that Brett Carroll is one. Tossup between R. Bernadina and X. Nady for the other... I would argue for keeping Nady around.

#38 loshjott

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Posted 10 April 2012 - 12:47 PM

Storen may be headed for bone chip surgery and would miss half the season.

#39 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:07 PM

Don't look now, but the Nats are one game away from having the best record in the NL.

http://scores.espn.g...ameId=320418120

They have won all 4 series this season, two on the road, and are missing Drew Storen and Mike Morse.
They will also get Bryce Harper up to the show by the All-Star break.

#40 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:09 PM

Ivan Rodriguez to retire

http://espn.go.com/d...day-source-says

Rodriguez finishes with a .296 batting average, 2,884 hits, 311 home runs and 1,332 RBIs. He broke the record of 10 Gold Gloves at catcher that had been held by Johnny Bench and hit .300 or better 10 times.

Rodriguez spent the last two seasons with the Washington Nationals. He decided not to accept a contract offer from the Kansas City Royals, who were interested after Salvador Perez injured a knee and needed surgery. Rodriguez hit just .218 last year with two homers and 19 RBIs in 124 at-bats.

#41 canderson


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:19 PM

Hope he signs a one-day contract for Texas. Great, great, great player.

#42 Wingack


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Posted 18 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

Don't look now, but the Nats are one game away from having the best record in the NL.

http://scores.espn.g...ameId=320418120

They have won all 4 series this season, two on the road, and are missing Drew Storen and Mike Morse.
They will also get Bryce Harper up to the show by the All-Star break.


I am all aboard the Nats train and have already been to a couple games this year.

I think the vast improvements they made to the bench this year (Chad Tracy, Xavier Nady, Mark DeRosa, Steve Lombardozzi) are going to pay huge dividends for this team this year.

#43 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 09:22 AM

I am all aboard the Nats train and have already been to a couple games this year.

I think the vast improvements they made to the bench this year (Chad Tracy, Xavier Nady, Mark DeRosa, Steve Lombardozzi) are going to pay huge dividends for this team this year.


Pitching and Defense have been keeping them in games. They have made a lot of late inning comebacks from down a run or two. I have been to 2 games in the stadium so far this year - Red Sox pre-season game (of course) and the one they lost to the Reds in extras. But even in that game they were impressive. Starting out down 5 runs, and then clawing their way back into a tie to force extra innings.

They now have the best record in the National League with the Dodgers loss last night and #2 overall in the Majors.

If they could start hitting a little better with RISP, they would be tough to stop with that Rotation and Pen!

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 25 April 2012 - 01:45 PM.


#44 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

Wang to make rehab start Saturday in Potomac

http://washington.na...ok_was&c_id=was

Wang is expected to throw 65 pitches for the Class A affiliate, according to manager Davey Johnson, and will likely need about three more outings before returning to the big league club. Wang already had a successful outing in an extended spring game on Monday.

#45 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:41 AM

Starting Pitchers finally allow a run...

http://washington.na...=recap&c_id=was

Zimmermann (1-1) threw four scoreless innings before Orlando Hudson touched him for a solo homer in the fifth, snapping a stretch of 26 scoreless innings by Nationals starters. The previous team best was 24 straight, in 2005, which was established by John Patterson, Hector Carrasco, Esteban Loaiza and Livan Hernandez.

#46 trekfan55


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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:50 AM

Does anyone have any news on closer Drew Storen? He had surgery but is he out for the season or does he have any sort of timetable for a return?

Been googling like crazy and cannot find anything.

#47 loshjott

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Posted 26 April 2012 - 09:54 AM

Does anyone have any news on closer Drew Storen? He had surgery but is he out for the season or does he have any sort of timetable for a return?

Been googling like crazy and cannot find anything.


Surgery to remove bone chips and supposed to be back by All Star Break....but we'll see.

#48 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 27 April 2012 - 04:02 PM

Harper arrives!...in LA, Tomorrow!!!

http://hardballtalk....-disabled-list/

General manager Mike Rizzo announced that Bryce Harper will be called up from Triple-A tomorrow to make his MLB debut this weekend at Dodger Stadium, which seemingly comes out of nowhere given that the top prospect was hitting just .250 with a .333 on-base percentage and .375 slugging percentage in 20 games at Triple-A.

#49 Wingack


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Posted 28 April 2012 - 03:59 PM

Fun article on the Nats development on SI.com:

http://sportsillustr...l?sct=mlb_wr_a3

That the Nationals were able to consolidate their resources to acquire Gonzalez while retaining an admirably deep minor league system -- which is led by outfielder Bryce Harper (No. 1 on B.A.'s Top 100 list) and third baseman Anthony Rendon (No. 19, and considered the best hitter in last June's draft) -- is the direct result of a philosophy that was installed immediately after the Lerner family bought the team from Major League Baseball in July 2006. The philosophy was carried out by Rizzo, who was hired as the club's new vice president of baseball operations: develop, or die trying.
"We didn't mind the pain of finishing last," says Jim Bowden, who was the Nationals' GM until 2009, when he resigned and was replaced by Rizzo. "When Rizzo came in, we were all in on scouting and development -- and nothing else mattered."


The article goes on to say that they didn't sign middling free agents just to be sorta bad. They angling for very bottom and they got lucky on top of that. Interesting for them to admit that.

#50 JimRiceHOFer

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Posted 01 May 2012 - 01:01 PM

Harper's first At Bat in DC comes a day earlier than expected...

http://www.natsenqui...n-monument.html

And so, on his first off day as a Big Leaguer, and first day as a resident of Washington DC, Bryce Harper played softball on the Mall in front of the Washington Monument.

Edited by JimRiceHOFer, 01 May 2012 - 01:01 PM.