Mike Rizzo speaks after firing Matt Williams: "A tough day for our entire organization"

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed the media after firing Matt Williams a short time ago. Here are Rizzo's opening comments from a conference call: "Really a tough day here at Nationals Park. A tough day for me personally. A tough day for our entire organization. But these are the first of the decisions we thought we needed to make as we meticulously evaluate why ... read more

Nationals fire Matt Williams and coaching staff

After a season that ended woefully short of championship expectations, the Washington Nationals will search for a new leader for 2016 after firing manager Matt Williams this morning, according to a report from The Washington Post. General manager Mike Rizzo made the difficult decision less than two years after handpicking Williams, who had never managed in the majors before, to direct the Nationals' highly talented ... read more

Bryce Harper already has a wish list for 2016

FLUSHING, N.Y. - What was a stunningly impressive season for Bryce Harper turned out to be not as satisfying for the the young slugger as the Nationals exchanged handshakes and hugs on Sunday evening without a playoff series to move on to. "You look back on the year and you wish you were in the postseason," Harper said. "That's the main goal every single year ... read more

Bryce Harper ends remarkable "MVP-caliber" season

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Bryce Harper stepped to the plate with two outs in the ninth inning late this afternoon and the Nationals trailing 1-0. Harper, who couldn't possibly end his historic season without a hit, slapped a sharp grounder off Mets closer Jeurys Familia down the left field line. As Mets left fielder Michael Conforto chased the ball, Harper charged for second base, narrowly sliding ... read more

Ian Desmond: "I'm extremely proud to say that I was a Washington National"

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Ian Desmond stood up in front of his locker as reporters approached. The bright lights of the cameras popped on reflecting off of the welling tears in Desmond's eyes. Desmond, the only player left from the organization's move from Montreal to D.C., had just finished playing most likely his final game with the Nationals. "When I got drafted by the Expos, they ... read more

Matt Williams: "I think we're all disappointed in the outcome"

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Nationals manager Matt Williams decided against speaking on his future with the organization following today's season-ending 1-0 loss to the division-winning Mets. "I'm with (general manager Mike Rizzo) in that everything will be evaluated," Williams said. "So we'll get home and evaluate everything." Given the chance to defend himself further and asked how much he would like to return as Nationals manager ... read more

Nationals manage only two hits, losing season finale 1-0

FLUSHING, N.Y. - A day after their ace Max Scherzer fired his second no-hitter of the season, the Nationals have failed to come up with a hit through six innings. Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom held Washington hitless in the first four innings before leaving the game to stay rested for the National League Division Series later this week. deGrom struck out seven and walked two. ... read more

Nationals game blog: Tanner Roark starts the season finale

FLUSHING, N.Y. - Coming off the high of Max Scherzer's dazzling no-hitter last night, the Nationals enter today's finale with the realization that their season is coming to an end. A roller coaster season of bouncing back and forth from the bullpen to the rotation for Tanner Roark ends with a start today. Roark is coming off arguably his best outing of the season last ... read more