Banks worked on his approach in Arizona, now preps for 2020

In part one of our visit with Nick Banks, an outfielder in the Nationals system, we spoke about his experience in the Arizona Fall League. A valuable part of that experience is meshing with and learning from new coaches. In part two, we look into what Ken Joyce, a hitting coach from the New York Yankees organization, was able to do to help Banks with ... read more

Kendrick earns first Heart and Hustle Award

The accolades continue to arrive for Nationals utility infielder Howie Kendrick. Last night in New York City, Kendrick was honored for the first time in his career as the recipient of the 2019 Heart and Hustle Award. The award, voted on by former players, is given to “active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and ... read more

Nick Banks making a name for himself with big jump in 2019 season

These next few weeks, we will take a look back at the Nationals prospects who played in the Arizona Fall League and get their take on the experience. The Surprise Saguaros, the pretty much unheralded group that included Nats minor leaguers, won their division and went all the way to the championship game, which they lost to Salt River 5-1. One of the stars of ... read more

Wrapping up Nats in AFL, including Garcia, Banks and Sharp in title game recently ranked the top 25 prospects who played in the Arizona Fall League. Surprise Saguaros shortstop Luis Garcia was ranked No. 15. He is the Nationals’ No. 2 prospect behind Carter Kieboom and ranked No. 91 overall. “Garcia scuffled in Double-A this season as a 19-year-old but looked better in the Fall League,” wrote “Though he has yet to tap into his solid ... read more

Rendon and Scherzer are finalists for postseason accolades

Right-hander Max Scherzer is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award and third baseman Anthony Rendon is one of three finalists for NL Most Valuable Player, but the Nationals got as many snubs as finalists when the top three finishers for Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards were announced live on MLB Network tonight. Manager Davey Martinez wasn’t listed among the top three ... read more

No Gold Gloves for Nationals

Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon and outfielders Juan Soto and Victor Robles did not win Gold Gloves this season, as selections were announced Sunday night by Major League Baseball on ESPN2. The voting was completed late in regular season by managers and coaches. The only stipulation was the managers and coaches could not vote for their own players. Rendon was one of three finalists at ... read more

Rizzo had chance to reflect and savor during Nats’ victory parade

The final bus turned the corner and came to a stop behind the stage on 3rd Street NW for the team rally during Saturday’s victory parade to celebrate the Nationals’ first World Series title. General manager Mike Rizzo got off the double decker bus and met with the media with a cigar in his mouth and a smile from ear to ear. “It’s the best ... read more

A look back at how Nats worked around injuries to win first title

The amazing run of the Washington Nationals in 2019 is made even more amazing when one looks back at the state of the standings May 23. The Nats trailed the Brewers by 9 1/2 games for a National League wild card spot and the Marlins, winners of six in a row, had crept with 1 1/2 games of their 19-31 record. But with persistence, belief ... read more