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Bryce Harper cuts up batting gloves so they can't be sold online

Nationals slugger Bryce Harper revealed that he cuts up his batting gloves so they can't be fished out of the trash and sold online.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Prospect roundup: Pitching improves

AAA - SyracuseTrea Turner - SS More of the same from Turner, although he hasn't had a multi-hit game since the 16th. The real question, at
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
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Felipe Rivero pitching a lot for Nationals but enjoying it

If it has felt like Felipe Rivero has appeared in every other Nationals game this season, it is true. With his critical inning in Thursday’s win over the Cardinals, Rivero has pitched in 24 of the Nationals’ 48 games. He is tied with 15 others in baseball with 24 appearances. Only Hector Norris of the […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer receives hitting tips from fan-made book

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer may dominate opposing batters at the plate, but isn’t nearly as threatening when he steps in the batter’s box. With a career batting average of .194 (which, to be fair, is still very good for a pitcher), Scherzer does not mind getting a few pointers to help improve his approach at the plate, even if it comes from a young fan. Scherzer...
Via The Comeback
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Patrick Reddington: Murphy the right choice for Nats in offseason - Nationals Buzz

Daniel Murphy started 44 games and appeared in 46 of the Washington Nationals' first 47 games before Dusty Baker gave the veteran infielder a night off in the series opener against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. In those 46 games, the 31-year-old former New York Met, who signed a ... Read More
Via MASN
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

107-year-old woman attends first MLB game and dances with Dusty Baker

Virginia McLaurin became Internet famous in February when, at a 106 years old, she met President Obama and the First Lady and lit up the room with her energy.Virginia was at the White House to celebrate black history. "I thought I would never live to get in the White House," she told the Obamas. She was so happy that she started dancing.When the president asked her what the secret...
Via Fox Sports
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper hits upper-deck home run

Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper has a new look after struggling at the plate in recent weeks. The beard is gone and he got a haircut for a more sleek and clean look. Furthermore, he elected to go without his batting gloves, and judging by what happened in Thursday’s game, it helped. With the Nationals trailing the Cardinals 1-0 in the sixth inning, Harper came to the...
Via The Sports Daily
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper cuts batting gloves after homering without them

Washington Nationals superstar Bryce Harper entered Thursday night in a bit of a slump at the dish, with just four hits in 31 at-bats over his last 12 games, and only one extra-base hit (a double) in that span. Well, Harper wanted to try something new to hopefully break out of this slump, and he decided to not wear batting gloves for his at-bat against St. Louis Cardinals right...
Via The Comeback
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Viral Mets fan’s father floored by Nats fans’ Generosity

WASHINGTON — The father of a Mets fan who had a viral video last week, of him playing catch with Max Scherzer at Citi Field, would like to thank the thousands upon thousands of Nationals fans who were so gracious to his family. Lifelong Mets fan Joe La Rocca, whose voice was heard in amazement on camera as his son, Joe, tossed the ball around with the Nationals starter, called...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Steve Mears: Opportunity in offing as Zimmerman awaits blessed event - Nationals Buzz

Have you looked lately to see what the one-two punch for the Syracuse Chiefs have been doing? Trea Turner and Brian Goodwin are just tearing up Triple-A while wreaking havoc on the base paths. They are usually running the bases two times a game if they get up five times ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wilson Ramos staying focused despite death of grandfather, looming free agency

The passing of his grandfather still weighs on Wilson Ramos’s heart. Jesus Campos taught Ramos how to play baseball. He is on Ramos’s mind every day. Still — in an already important season ahead of free agency — Ramos has been one of the Nationals’ best players. For catchers with a minimum of 130 plate appearances, […]
Via Nationals Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon celebrating his 43rd birthday on Tuesday, and Father Time has been making his presence...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2016 Single-Game Pitching Belt: Scherzer vs. Velasquez

A few weeks back, we matched up three of the most dominant pitching performances from April, utilizing granular ball-in-play data, to determine which of Vince Velasquez, Jaime Garcia or Jake Arrieta had the best day. Velasquez won that time around, and with Max Scherzer recently authoring a 20-strikeout, no-walk complete game shutout over the Tigers, we have a worthy contender for...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Running through the gauntlet: Washington Nationals’ observations in midst of tough schedule

The Washington Nationals are smack in the middle of their toughest stretch of the 2016 season. Check out these numbers from April 29 to June 1: 33 games in 35 days. Ten total series, nine against teams over .500 (the lone team under .500 is Detroit, who is currently 21-22). Nineteen road games. Seventeen interdivisional games. The month of May is a make-or-break time for the Nationals...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Revere and Rendon ignite offense in Nats 8-2 dispatch of Marlins - Byron Kerr

MIAMI - Ben Revere and Anthony Rendon were expected to be the igniters at the top of the order to begin the season for the Nationals offense. But Revere missed 27 games with a strained right oblique and Rendon got off to a cold start. Revere returned to the lineup ... Read More
Via MASN
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dusty Baker Compares Daniel Murphy to Baseball Legends

WASHINGTON — If the hot streak that Daniel Murphy is on–and has been on for almost a full calendar year–continues, the Washington Nationals will have done more than just filled a hole in free agency. They may have acquired one of the best hitters in a long time. But for now, they’ll settle for enjoying one of the best-sustained performances in the history of the game. In...
Via CBS DC
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Max Scherzer plays catch with young Mets fan before game (VIDEO)

Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took some time to connect with a young Mets fan before Wednesday’s game. The young boy was seated in the outfield, and, judging by the tweet his dad sent the following morning, Scherzer really made the kid’s day. Video has now surfaced which shows the cool gesture by Scherzer. Check it out below. @Max_Scherzer TY for having a catch...
Via The Sports Daily
7 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Juan Lagares makes incredible over-the-shoulder catch

Ever since Yoenis Cespedes joined the New York Mets, the role of Juan Lagares has lessened. But with the chance to start in center field on Wednesday, he showed why he was so worthy of the Gold Glove he earned in 2014. With Daniel Murphy up in the top of the seventh, the former Met (and current National) hit a drive to the deepest part of Citi Field — seemingly over Lagares...
Via The Sports Daily
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marvel goes to Washington: Comparing Nationals to superheroes

With both the Washington Nationals and Captain America: Civil War dominating their standings (the NL East and the box office, respectively), I thought it would be fun to compare the members of the Nats’ roster to their superhero counterparts. Bryce Harper: Deadpool Like Deadpool, Harper is the extremely talented young guy who has taken the baseball world by storm. The old guard...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether the habit is worth flouting a law and potentially bringing unwanted attention a player...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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