Task force created to support minor league teams

Officials from two Nationals affiliates, the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies and the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns, yesterday praised the creation of a task force organized by members of Congress to prevent Major League Baseball from eliminating 42 minor league franchises. U.S. Reps. Lori Trahan (D-Mass.), David McKinley (R-W.Va.), Max Rose (D-N.Y.), and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) this week announced the formation of the Save Minor League Baseball ... read more

Rizzo named Baseball America Executive of the Year

Following the most successful season in Nationals franchise history, which resulted in a first World Series title, president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo has been named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year. The 2019 campaign was Rizzo’s 11th as head of baseball operations with the Nats and 14th overall with the organization. He has 36 seasons of professional baseball experience. Since 2012, ... read more

At World Series DVD premiere, Zimmerman confirms he wants to be back

Nationals fans continued to celebrate the city’s first baseball world title in 95 years with the premiere of a documentary about the 2019 World Series before a festive crowd Monday night at The Anthem in D.C. President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman took part in the festivities. “It’s definitely been fun,” Zimmerman ... read more

Double-A Harrisburg owner Mark Butler passes away at 61

The Double-A Harrisburg Senators this morning announced the sudden passing of principal owner and managing partner Mark Butler. Butler, the co-founder and CEO of Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, died Sunday with his family, according to a company release. He was 61. “We are just numb. This is a tragic loss for our community. Mark was such an important part of the culture of our organization,” said ... read more

Podcast provides interesting insight into Nationals analytics department

On his “Sports Info Solutions Baseball” podcast last week, Mark Simon (Twitter: @MarkASimonSays) talked about analytics and how the Nationals use data in several aspects of their baseball seasons. Simon visited with Nationals assistant general manager for baseball research and development Samuel Mondry-Cohen. Mondry-Cohen referred to his department as the “R&D department” within the Nationals organization. He said the development side of the club’s analytics ... read more

Raquet on his slider and experience in the AFL

We continue our conversation with Nationals pitching prospect Nick Raquet and get more information on his slider. A left-hander with his best pitch being the slider sounds familiar. How does it compare with Patrick Corbin’s slider? “It’s definitely my go-to,” Raquet said. “I feel like if I’m in a pinch in any situation, I’m throwing my slider. It’s probably my best pitch. I kind of ... read more

Technology and a keen eye helped Raquet turn his curveball around

Left-hander Nick Raquet made some nice adjustments early in his 2019 campaign for high Single-A Potomac that allowed him to concentrate on the finer points of his breaking pitch, helping him to end up with a very positive season. In part one of our discussion, we will break down the adjustments he made to turn his year around. Raquet (Twitter: @NickRaquet) made 25 starts at ... read more

Braymer’s bond with Crowe and Barrera helped him in 2019

Finishing up our conversation with Nationals pitching prospect Ben Braymer, the left-hander talked more about how he changed his grip on his changeup from two-seam to a four-seam so that coming out of his hand it looks even more like a fastball to the hitter. “I had accomplished that in Double-A, having my changeup mirror my fastball as far as arm slot goes and the ... read more