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Baseball Hot Corner Writers Make 2015 MLB Predictions

For this year, instead of asking just a few writers to give me their picks of the standings along with their explanations of those picks, I decided to poll all the writers on Baseball Hot Corner (BHC) and summarize the results. I simply asked each writer to give me their predicted order of finish in each division along with their picks for the wild cards and World Series winner as...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Washington Nationals Slugger Bryce Harper Destroys Pitch for Monster Home Run

There has actually been some talk that Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper is a bust. He may be off to a slow start this spring and he is not lighting it up like he did in the JuCo ranks, but a bust? Why? Because he's not another Mike Trout? Come on folks. The kid is only 22. He has plenty of time to continue his development. Bust? Not even.As proof to his haters he was kind...
Via FatManWriting
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Friendly reminder: Bryce Harper’s power is ridiculous

The Nationals played the Mets today in Port St. Lucie. In the top of the sixth inning, Bryce Harper faced Jacob deGrom and did *this* to a 2-0, 93 mph fastball. Yeah, that dinger cleared the damn roof of the patio way out in right field at Tradition Field. I don’t even want to begin to try estimating how far Harper’s blast went, and all I can really do is set here with my...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Opening Day Preview

Twitter @DanielLevitt32 2014 was a very successful year for the Washington Nationals, one that saw them record 96 victories, second most in their 10 year history. That was enough for them to win their second NL East title in three years, having done so with 98 victories in 2012. Last season ultimately ended up in failure however, after a heart-breaking loss in the NLDS to the eventual...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Contract extension for Desmond and Zimmermann not likely

After Jordan Zimmermann’s spring training start today, he gave a dismal assessment on the status of contract extension talks. Jordan Zimmermann says “it’s not looking good” to get a contract done before the season. He won’t talk about it after opening day. Zimmermann and the Nationals have been looking at contract extension scenarios, but it does not appear like a deal...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Nats are overrated

As you read the various 2015 season previews you’ll be hard pressed to find any prognosticator who doesn’t pick the Washington Nationals to handily win the National League East. Several are predicting they’ll win the National League Pennant and even the World Series. According to the Sporting News, “a team with hardly any flaws should have an easy path to a third division...
Via Mets360.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The top 100 players in baseball: 25-11

As we work our way down the top 100 baseball players of 2015, we find a group of perennial MVP contenders, as well as a World Series superhero along the way. The post The Top 100 Baseball Players Of 2015: #25-11 appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball - Washington Nationals Outfield

Heading into the 2015 MLB season, the Washington Nationals expected to have Denard Span leading off playing center field, Bryce Harper playing right field and Jayson Werth manning left.  Injuries to Span and Werth have left the Nationals looking at an opening day lineup with Tyler Moore in left and Michael Taylor in center.  Span is out until at least May, recovering from...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals' Rendon might miss season opener with sprained knee

JUPITER, Fla. -- Third baseman Anthony Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals' opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee. Rendon hasn't played since March 9. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. But the problem has lingers, and Rendon underwent a second MRI Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Heath Bell Announces Retirement

After being released by the Washington Nationals on Monday, veteran reliever and former Met Heath Bell has announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. Bell told MLB.com’s Corey Brock: “My kids wanted me home. What’s more important: my kids or the big leagues? I’ve already accomplished more than I ever dreamed of. Now it’s time to help them accomplish their dreams...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Kelly’s Girlfriend, Romo Creeper & Dan Uggla’s Wife Ready For Beach

  BC mobile site news/update I talked to the NYC office (Coed Media Group owns BC; I sold it to them in 2011) about the mobile ad complaints you guys have been sending me for over two years. I’m told that you shouldn’t be getting redirected to that garbage app store ********. That change went into effect a week ago and the complaints have stopped so I guess that fixes things...
Via Busted Coverage
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Heath Bell Retires After Release from Nationals

“My kids wanted me home.” And with that, Heath Bell has called it a major league career. The 37-year-old was released by the Washington Nationals on Monday after struggling in spring training. Initial reports had him looking to catch on with other teams but in discussion with nbcsports.com, Bell was candid in his assessment of where he is and what he wants to do now: “What’s...
Via Baseball Essential
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Gio Gonzalez Over Tanner Roark the Right Call for Nationals?

One of my favorite Twitter hasthtags is #firstworldproblems. Who among us can’t appreciate the difficulties of iPhone ownership or the lack of farm fresh eggs? This is a seriously challenging world in which we live, and it can be a daily struggle navigating a life in the developed world. I’m still not used to the color change of the Netflix app. #firstworldproblems — First...
Via Baseball Essential
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals name Max Scherzer opening day starter

Newly-acquired Max Scherzer, whom the Nationals signed to a $210 million contract this offseason, has been named the team’s opening day starter, breaking the streak of Stephen Strasburg, who made the three previous opening day starts. Opening day for the Nats is April 6 in Washington, D.C., where the team will square off against Bartolo Colon and the NY Mets. The #Nats are proud...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nats Night On MLB Network

Thursday was the Nationals featured night as the MLB Network previews all 30 teams in 30 days. In case you missed it, DC Pro Sports has your back! Joe Magrane joined MLB Tonight from Nationals camp on Thursday evening to discuss our great pitching rotation, Manager Matt Williams entering his second season as skipper and more…. Your browser does not support iframes. Will Washington...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Harper again named by fellow players as most overrated

For the second straight season, Bryce Harper has been voted as the most overrated player in the major leagues, according to a poll conducted by ESPN The Magazine, according to a report from D.C. Sports Bog. MLB players, 117 in all, were anonymously polled for the magazine’s baseball preview issue on a variety of topics...Read More The post Bryce Harper again rated by fellow players...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Washington Nationals enter the 2015 season with the best roster in baseball and with big expectations. Indeed, it’s World Series or bust for this crew. The Nationals finished 2014 with the best record in the NL and were then summarily bounced from the playoffs by the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. Not content with great regular season success, the Nationals beefed up their...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: Model Franchise Builder?

In 2010, the Washington Nationals finished the season with a 69-93 record, good for last in the NL East and the third worst record in the entire National League. Two years later, the Nationals finished the regular season with the best record in all of baseball at 98-64. In a time where worst-to-first seasons seem to have become more common, the fast rise of a team like Washington...
Via Batting Leadoff
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Rafael Soriano: The Last Man Standing

At this point, it only makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano. That’s not something you hear every day, but it makes sense to talk about Rafael Soriano because these are the remaining names that currently populate our free agent depth charts: Ryan Doumit Brett Hayes Lyle Overbay Rafael Furcal Chris Nelson Scott Hairston Tony […]
Via Fangraphs
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa shaves mustache, hits home run on same day (Video)

Pour one out for Danny Espinosa's amazing mustache. It has been unceremoniously removed from his face. pic.twitter.com/S5pynZd1JT — Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 12, 2015 A sad start Thursday for the Nationals with news of the passing of Danny Espinosa's gigantic mustache. But Espinosa paid his respects later in the day by hitting a solo home run during an 11...
Via Nationals Enquirer
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Gio Gonzalez participates in the meow game

Sick and tired of athletes playing the meow game during interviews? Yes? No? Well, Gio Gonzalez took part during Wednesday’s Tigers-Nationals Spring Training game, baffling MASN’s Dan Kolko. Reporters can’t get a break this season. Between the meow game, one player serving as another’s arms, a player interviewing reporters after his start, and the downright mundane “pelt...
Via Awful Announcing
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Gio Gonzalez plays 'meow' game in interview

It appears the Washington Nationals pitching staff is having no problem getting along. The Nationals have big goals this season after yet another busy offseason, which they punctuated by signing top free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer to a megadeal. Now the Nats enter the season with arguably the big leagues’ top rotation including Scherzer, Gio Gonzalez, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister...
Via NESN.com
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gio Gonzalez offers another quote loaded with unintended sexual innuendo

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez apparently can turn an unintentionally hilarious phrase as well as he can spin a curveball. Gonzalez, obviously somewhat misrepresenting the message he was trying to articulate, explained his bullpen session on Monday as follows: “I climaxed in the bullpen,” Gonzalez said, per a tweet from MASN Sports’ Chris Johnson. “I...Read More...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Denard Span will likely start the year on the DL

Jayson Werth is still recovering from shoulder surgery. Nate McLouth is still limited from shoulder surgery last year. And now, Denard Span will likely end up starting the year on the DL for the Washington Nationals because of surgery to repair a core muscle. It’ll be four to six weeks before Span can even participate in baseball activities, truly putting his Opening Day availability...
Via The Outside Corner
20 days ago  |  Discuss
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