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Marty Niland

On player lockouts, Hall of Fame freezeouts, and a more inclusive game of baseball

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The lockout. The Hall of Fame vote. It’s is not a great time for baseball…

Despite the proliferation of Spring Training countdowns on social media these days, the news from labor negotiations in New York has been discouraging.

While some progress was reported after players returned to the table with their latest proposals Tuesday, the two sides still remained far apart on core economic issues, and ownership raised the possibility of missing games...

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David Driver

This Day in Washington Nationals’ History: Bullpen blowup…

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It was 10 years ago today that the Nationals signed reliever Brad Lidge, whose career ended in 2012 …

WASHINGTON – The state of the Nationals’ bullpen has been a topic of concern for years, even in the World Series season of 2019.

Many veteran relievers have been summoned to the bullpen in Washington, only to see disappointment lurking out behind the right-field fence at home games.

It was 10 years ago today – on Jan. 26, 2012 – that the Nationals...

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TanyaAnderson

Announcement: A new commenting system is coming to Federal Baseball

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Coming Thursday, comments will look different.

Hey everyone. I’m Tanya, and I oversee all of our baseball communities for SB Nation.

This Thursday will be a big day for our community: we’re moving our comments to a new platform, developed especially for SB Nation. All of our MLB communities will be moving to the new platform, and I’m excited about the change.

Some of you may already be familiar with this new platform as it rolled out to our NFL...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked talent evaluation down the stretch in 2021...

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Late this past season, Davey Martinez talked about how he and his staff were evaluating all the young talent on the big league roster...

While they were still trying to win games down the stretch last season, following the sell-off of expiring contracts (and a year-plus of Trea Turner) at the trade deadline, which kicked off a reboot of the organization, the most important task in the last two months of the 2021 was the evaluation of the talent...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto according to new hitting coach Darnell Coles…

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The Nationals’ new hitting coach talked working with Juan Soto earlier this winter…

Darnell Coles, hired as the Washington Nationals’ new hitting coach in October, (following the departure of Kevin Long, who left and signed on in Philadelphia after four seasons in D.C.), talked during his introductory press conference about knowing what to do with Juan Soto once he and the 23-year-old start working together in Spring Training (assuming we’ll have ST and a...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ Keibert Ruiz getting opportunity to be everyday catcher in D.C.

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Acquired from the Dodgers this past summer, Keibert Ruiz is lined up as the Nationals’ No. 1 catcher this season…

“A switch-hitter with plus contact skills from the left side, growing power, and improving defense behind the plate,” Baseball America’s scouts wrote in ranking Nationals’ catcher Keibert Ruiz the No. 11 overall prospect on their Top 100 for 2022, the backstop, “… has the potential to be a foundational player in...

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals announce addition of Kevin Frandsen as color analyst on MASN...

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Kevin Frandsen is joining the MASN team. You might remember him from his 2014 run with the club...

We learned back in November that FP Santangelo wold not be returning after eleven years as the MASN color analyst alongside Bob Carpenter, but until now we didn’t know who would be the new color analyst in the nation’s capital: It’s going to be one-time National Kevin Frandsen, apparently.

In a press release on the hiring this afternoon, the...

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Nationals sign former top MLB prospect Rusney Castillo to minors deal

Castillo signed a seven-year, $72.5M deal with the Red Sox in 2014 after Major League Baseball declared him a free agent, but he never lived up to the lofty expectations that followed.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals land 3 prospects on Baseball America Top 100 for 2022

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There are three prospects on this year’s list of Baseball America’s Top 100.

Baseball America released their list of the Top 100 prospects in baseball for 2022 on Wednesday, and the Washington Nationals landed three players on this year’s list...

No. 59 - Brady House:

“We were super-excited he was there when we picked,” Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and Director of Scouting ops, Kris Kline, said of the club’s 2021 1st Round...

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Patrick Reddington

Is Nationals Park the 7th worst ballpark in the majors?

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We apologize for rewarding people who make slideshow lists with a discussion of their rankings of the worst parks around the majors...

Full Disclosure: I haven’t been to Nationals Park since Game 5 of the 2019 World Series, October 27th of that year — or— that’s not accurate, actually, it’s been since Winterfest that year, which was held in the ballpark. With parks empty for most of 2020’s COVID campaign and the continuing threat from the pandemic...

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Nationals overhaul minor league, organizational staff

Per the club’s official announcement, the club has hired more than 20 additional staff members, including to fill 14 new roles added to their system.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals announce minor league staff for 2022

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The reboot of the organization in D.C. continues with the announcement of 2022’s minor league staff…

Washington Nationals’ GM and President of Baseball operations Mike Rizzo talked earlier this winter about the club’s effort to reboot their organization from top-to-bottom after a couple rough years following 2019’s World Series win, starting things off with a series of trades at last July 30th’s trade deadline.

In addition to changes to...

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Nationals hire Coco Crisp, Bill Mueller to coaching staff

The Washington Nationals are adding a pair of former MLB players to player development roles. Longtime MLB players Coco Crisp and Bill Mueller are joining Dave Martinez’s staff, according to The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty.

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Coco Crisp, Bill Mueller to join Nationals’ player-development staff

Mueller, played 11 seasons in the big leagues.

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Nationals hire Coco Crisp, Bill Mueller to coaching staff

The Washington Nationals are adding a pair of former MLB players to player development roles. Longtime MLB players Coco Crisp and Bill Mueller are joining Dave Martinez’s staff, according to The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals’ lefty Sam Clay has another big opportunity in 2022…

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Sam Clay made his major league debut in 2021 and he has another opportunity to be a big factor in the Nats’ bullpen in ‘22.

Signed to a big league deal in November of 2020, after six seasons in Minnesota’s system in which the Twins’ 2014 4th Round pick never made it to the majors, left-handed reliever Sam Clay made his MLB debut with the Washington Nationals in April 2021.

Clay, 28, ended up making 59 appearances out of the bullpen for the...

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Veteran righty Anibal Sanchez considering return to MLB in 2022

Despite the downtime and the poor season in 2020, Sánchez could garner interest around the league due to the nature of the starting pitching market.

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Nationals sign No. 2 international prospect ‘The Phenomenon’ Cristhian Vaquero

As expected, the Washington Nationals have made a splash during Major League Baseball’s international signing period. The Nationals signed switch-hitting outfielder Cristhian Vaquero, MLB Pipeline’s No.

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Patrick Reddington

Washington Nationals reportedly sign OF Cristhian Vaquero as International signing period begins…

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It’s not official from the team, but the deal is reportedly for around $4.9M.

Washington’s Nationals have a total of $5,179,700 to spend during this year’s international signing period, which begins today and continues through December 15, 2022, and if this report last night from MLB Network analyst Jon Heyman is accurate, the club is spending, “close to $5M” of their bonus pool on 17-year-old, Cuban-born outfielder Cristhian Vaquero, who’s ranked...

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David Driver

Looking back at Washington Nationals’ Max Scherzer signing...

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It was seven years ago this weekend that the Nationals inked the free-agent ace away from Detroit ... 

WASHINGTON - Late on the night of Sunday, Jan. 15, 2015, the Washington Nationals shocked the baseball world.

A franchise steeped in starting pitching only added to that embarrassment of riches – by signing Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal worth $210 million dollars.

The free-agent signing allowed Scherzer to make the move...

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