Martinez on his No. 3 hitter, Zimmerman, Doolittle and the Astros

The most newsworthy thing Nationals manager Davey Martinez said Friday following his taping of an hour-long special with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd at SiriusXM’s local headquarters was that Carter Kieboom will have an opportunity to win the starting third baseman’s job this spring. But it wasn’t the only newsworthy thing Martinez said while talking to reporters for the first time since the Winter ... read more

Martinez: Kieboom will get chance to win third base job

Who’s going to replace Anthony Rendon at third base for the Nationals? Davey Martinez intends to give top prospect Carter Kieboom every opportunity to seize that all-important job this spring. Martinez, in his first public comments since Rendon signed a $245 million contract with the Angels on the final evening of last month’s Winter Meetings, said Friday that Kieboom will come to camp as the ... read more

Nats’ primary goal needs to be a return to top of NL East

The Nationals’ primary goal for the better part of a decade now has been simple: Win the division. They’ve done that four times in the last eight years, though of course they immediately were eliminated in the National League Division Series each time. And of course the one time they reached the postseason via the wild card, they went on to win the World Series. ... read more

After day on ice, time for Zimmerman to get back in Nats uniform

Ryan Zimmerman worked out Wednesday with a professional sports team. He put on a uniform, emerged from a locker room and went through drills with fellow elite athletes, then answered questions from reporters after he was done. All of this took place, of course, at a hockey rink. Zimmerman, making good on a long-ago promise to Nicklas Backstrom, laced up his skates and donned a ... read more

Nats don’t get Donaldson, but neither do Braves

As soon as Anthony Rendon signed with the Angels, the Nationals immediately shifted their attention to the only other free agent third baseman on the market who could come anywhere close to matching Rendon’s production: Josh Donaldson. The Nats then spent the next month waiting for Donaldson to make up his mind, which he finally did Tuesday night. And where did the slugger choose to ... read more

Astros scandal is more reason to be grateful Nats won title

What if Howie Kendrick’s hit landed just foul? What if the Nationals still trailed in the eighth and ninth innings of Game 7 of the World Series and sat and watched the Astros mob each other in the center of the diamond as the sellout crowd in Houston roared? How would everyone around here have felt about Monday’s announcement by Commissioner Rob Manfred that general ... read more

Pitching prospect Fausto Segura dies in motorcycle accident

Nationals minor league reliever Fausto Segura died Sunday night in his native Dominican Republic, the club announced today. Segura, 23, was riding a motorcycle near Maria Montez International Airport in his hometown of Barahona when he was hit by a van, ESPN Deportes reported. “He was beloved by his teammates, coaches, coordinators and everyone he came in contact with throughout our organization,” the Nationals said ... read more

After shaky debut in 2019, Kieboom ready for another shot

The promotion lasted all of 11 days, during which time Carter Kieboom experienced the full gamut of emotions. He homered in his major league debut April 26 to earn a curtain call but struck out with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth later that night. He homered again two days later, then got just two hits in his next ... read more