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Marty Niland: Nats will turn back the clock, recall Washington’s glory days

A visit to Nationals Park will be like a trip back in time for fans attending Thursday night’s game between the Nationals and the San Francisco Giants. Turn Back the Clock Night will recall the last (and only) time Washington celebrated a World Series championship: 1924, when the Senators and the then-New York Giants met in a Fall Classic that many historians rate as one

Dave Nichols: Nats reap benefits of exercising patience with flawed prospect

How ‘bout that Tyler Moore? In the last two minor league seasons, Nats rookie Moore has hit a combined 62 home runs - 31 each season - and 202 RBIs. That’s an awful lot of pop, enough that he should have received a fair bit of notice in the offseason prospect lists. However, his defensive limitations, and being older than other prospects at each level,

Rachel Levitin: Nats no longer the new kids in the class

When I leave to go out of town on trips, like today for example, my favorite topic of conversation along the way tends to veer toward sports, baseball in particular. Whether I’m listening in on a stats-based debate or checking game scores on one of the many televisions within the terminal, there’s always a lesson to be learned from these types of conversations. There’s a

Zimmerman to receive Lou Gehrig Memorial Award

As I type this, Ryan Zimmerman just reached a career milestone. With a single in the fifth inning in Colorado on Tuesday night, the Nats third baseman collected his 1,000th-career hit, needing only 903 games in which to do so. It’s a great accomplishment, particularly for a guy who has battled some nagging injuries in recent memory. And while Zimmerman continues to achieve greatness on

Will Yoder: June swoon may dictate Nats’ path at trade deadline

The Nationals may still have the second-best record in the National League at 41-30, but the team is currently in a tailspin. The Nats have lost seven of their past 10 contests and have been outscored 25-34 in that span. The club will be the first to admit it: Their offense is struggling and the team, as a whole, is suffering. Earlier in the year,

Ted Leavengood: Pitching to contact

The three contests played by the Orioles and Nationals this weekend were more like soccer matches, as fans watched for small shifts in momentum amid long scoreless stretches. Each team had their scoring chances, but it was the sudden, late scoring strike by Matt Wieters on Sunday that tilted the series toward Baltimore. What made it work for the Orioles, however, was how well their

Marty Niland: Nationals’ transformation mirrors Rays’ progression

The Nationals have to feel good about taking two of three games form the Tampa Bay Rays this week. Tuesday night’s pine tar dust-up aside, the Nats can take pride in bouncing back from a tough series against the Yankees and beating a very good team. If the Nationals could look into a mirror and see themselves in a few years, they might look just

Dave Nichols: Managers feuding over interpretations of baseball’s unwritten rules

In Tuesday night’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Nationals manager Davey Johnson had a simple request of home plate umpire Tim Tschida: Enforce the written rules of baseball. Johnson knew that Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta “liked a little pine tar” - that is, Peralta hid the sticky stuff in and on his glove in order to help him grip the baseball better and,

Rachel Levitin: The developing Nats fan base

So a Red Sox fan, a Yankees fan, a Cubs fan, a Dodgers fan and an Expos fan all walk into a bar ... sounds like the start of a really messed up baseball joke, right? For as odd as it may appear at first glance, that was my Monday night. Only all those fans actually had something in common, they were all Nats fans.

Braves-Nationals game rescheduled

After rain washed out the game between the Braves and Nationals back on June 1, the team today released its plans to move the game to July 21. The two division foes will play a split doubleheader at Nationals Park, with the first game beginning at 1:05 p.m. and first pitch for the second game to follow at 7:05 p.m. The two games against the

Will Yoder: Where is the 2010 Ryan Zimmerman?

If you followed Nationals spring training closely, you may have rightfully believed that Ryan Zimmerman was the best hitter on the planet. The 27-year-old was mashing the ball to all corners of the ballpark, and it looked as if the third baseman who once made his debut in Washington as a 20-year-old kid had finally reached his prime. While Zimmerman has started slowly on the

Ted Leavengood: Not ready for prime time

Win six in a row, lose three in a row. Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you. Such smug acceptance offers little consolation for Washington baseball fans. The six wins leading into the Yankees series only served to raise expectations. The idea was rampant going into the three-game weekend series that even the vaunted Yankees were fair game for the first-place

Marty Niland: Could Harper make an impact on All-Star Game?

With the Nationals still atop the National League East, there has been much talk lately about the All-Star Game and which Nats deserve to go. However, it’s a safe bet that no one in a Washington uniform will be voted into the starting lineup, since none of the regulars is close to the lead at any position. That leaves pitchers, the team’s main strength this

Will Yoder: Revisiting some preseason predictions

Several days before the 2012 campaign, I wrote a post at The Nats Blog offering five bold predictions on the impending Nationals season. I said at the time that the week before the season was a wonderful time for bloggers because it marked perhaps the only time all year long that we would have yet to be wrong. Well, it’s nearly 60 games into the

Ted Leavengood: A special place makes for a special weekend

As Bryce Harper pumped for all he was worth to score the winning run on Roger Bernadina’s clutch double Sunday afternoon, the Fenway Park faithful had probably seen all they wanted of the Nationals and their young prodigies. Harper, Strasburg, and the rest of them. Espinosa, Clippard, Desmond, Gonzalez, they all had a hand on the broom that swept clean the old park on Lansdowne

Nationals need help in latest All-Star numbers

I’m disappointed, Nationals fans. Disappointed in you. Here we sit, only a month away from this year’s All-Star Game, and when I look at the current vote totals, no Nationals players are above fifth at their respective position. I’d shake my head if it didn’t result in so many typos on my part. Fortunately, there is still time to redeem yourselves and help send your

Dave Nichols: Nationals continue to look good a third of the way through the season

There’s an old adage in baseball that goes, you win 60 and lose 60, it’s what you do with the rest that makes or breaks you. While that’s not quite an even one-third split, we have reached that point in the season. With last night’s 5-3 win over the New York Mets, the Nats have played 54 games, exactly one-third of the season. Hey, I’m

Rachel Levitin: Watching Harper play is just plain fun

If I were to keep it simple, I’d summarize watching Bryce Harper play baseball as fun because it is - whether it was his post-draft introductory press conference (where he took batting practice before the formal session), his home debut at Nationals Park, the time he stole home off Cole Hamels or Tuesday night’s first career walk-off. I know I’ll always kick myself for missing

Will Yoder: In Giolito, Nats have another project with potential upside

They always say you can never have too much pitching. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo must be listening. In the first round last night’s First-Year Player Draft, the club selected right-handed hurler Lucas Giolito out of Harvard-Westlake High School in California. That might strike some as odd considering the team currently has seven quality starting pitchers trying to fill five rotation spots. The Nationals’ rotation

Ted Leavengood: Build it and we will come

For years now the fans of D.C. have been whispering, “Build it and we will come,” in response to questions about attendance. In 2005, when the Nationals were the newest thing on the block, they drew 2.7 million. When Nationals Park opened in 2008 and there was another new toy, attendance went back up to 2.3 million despite a woeful team. As the team has

Marty Niland: Losses to Marlins tough to swallow, but Nats have bigger fish to fry

For Nationals fans, the only thing uglier than that rotating home run display in Marlins Park is the result of the series just concluded there: a three-game sweep that soured what had been a fine National League East road trip. With at least one series now in hand against each NL East opponent, the Nats have an 11-6 overall division mark - 4-2 against Philadelphia,

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