1. Keeping up with the Nationals as Opening Day Approaches

    With Opening Day about two weeks away, I thought now was a good time to cover a few stories that are important but haven't had time to work into a full column. Steven Strasburg Wow...

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  2. Washington Nationals Shairon Martis Ready To Fill Last Spot in Starting Rotation

    With less than three weeks of Spring Training remaining, the Washington Nationals have filled three of their five spots in their starting rotation. John Lannan, Scott Olsen, and Daniel Cabrera will take the mound for the team's first three games in 2009..

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  3. Washington Nationals: Release of Shawn Hill a Sure Sign That Trades Are Brewing

    In the past few days, the Washington Nationals have made several roster moves that, in and of themselves, don't make the team that much better...

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  4. Nationals Hoping For a Perfect Storm in 2009

    It's been a long time since the Washington Nationals have been shown any real respect by the media, though to be fair, they really haven't deserved any...

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  5. Josh Willingham a Reserve? Hardly

    When the Nationals traded Emilio Bonifacio, P. J. Dean and Jake Smolinski to the Florida Marlins last winter for Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham, a couple of things seemed certain.First, Olsen would become the Nationals No...

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  6. John Lannan: The Best Pitcher You've Never Heard of

    When John Lannan took the mound for the final time last season, he was hoping to put an exclamation mark on his rookie season. He ended up allowing three runs and seven hits and lost to the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Phillies...

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  7. National's Spring Training Tidbits

    It's been more than a week since I posted an article, but I have an excuse. Bleacher Report ate my stories. Really...

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  8. Memo to Jim Bowden: Stop Reading the Papers...You Just Can't Win

    For more than a month, sports writers have been eviscerating the Washington Nationals for their inactivity since the end of the 2008 season...

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  9. Nationals Sign Adam Dunn For 2 Years / $20 Million

    Here is the single paragraph just posted on the Washington Post's Nationals Journal page: "The Washington Nationals have agreed to a preliminary deal with 29-year-old free agent Adam Dunn, a ...

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  10. Nationals Sign Dr. Phil, Will Pitch Opening Day

    Well, of course the Nationals didn't really sign Dr. Phil. But he'd sure help Elijah Dukes, though, wouldn't he? But this is just the type of signing that all of those nattering naybobs are calling for...

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  11. Shawn Hill Beats Nats at Arbitration: Will He Stay Healthy Enough To Matter?

    Washington Nationals’ pitcher Shawn Hill was the first major league player to go through arbitration this year. History, and his 2008 record, made beating the Nationals a long-shot at best...

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  12. Tim Redding Hits the Jackpot, Odalis Perez Gets Jack: Why the Discrepancy?

    Odaliz Perez had a pretty good season for the Nationals in 2009 and was in many ways the equal of fellow teammate Tim Redding...

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  13. How Jeffrey Loria Destroyed The Montreal Expos / Washington Nationals

    The Montreal Expos were the best team in the National League back in 1994. Their roster was the perfect mix of up-and-coming youngsters and experienced veterans...

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  14. Remembering RFK Stadium

    Bud Selig wanted to make sure that there was no misunderstanding. A caller from Falls Church asked Selig, who was a guest on XM's MLB Homeplate program not long ago, "Commissioner, ...

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  15. Aztec Steven Strasburg is Ready for the Majors And The Nationals Know It

    (Above image courtesy of Glen Connely) Steven Strasburg was just a month into his sophomore season at San Diego State University...

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  16. Stainifesto, Part II

    Yesterday, Stan Kasten told the more than 5,000 fans gathered at NatsFest 2009 that although the team tried to sign big-name free agents as well as make a big trade or two in the past ...

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  17. Stan Kasten to Nats Fans: Current Roster Won't Change Much By Spring Training

    More than 4,000 Washington Nationals' fans braved the winter weather to pack Nationals Park and listen to team president Stan Kasten give his "State of the Team" speech. The Nationals called it NatsFest 2009...

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  18. Stan Kasten: Nats Could Begin Spring Training with Current Roster

    jhjhjhjhjhj More than 4,000 Washington Nationals' fans braved the winter weather to pack Nationals Park and listen to team president Stan Kasten give his "State of the Team" speech...

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  19. Jack McGeary Trades Calculus for Curveballs, Becomes Full-Time National

    (Above image courtesy The Daily Stanford) He was ranked as the 17th best player in the 2007 Major League amateur draft, and most every scouting magazine and website listed him as a sure first-round pick...

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  20. Was Joe Coleman Traded By the Senators Because He Was Too Good?

    After finishing my Air Force enlistment in Japan, my wife and I spent a couple of years living in her familial home of Salt lake City Utah before returning home to Washington D.C...

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  21. Jim Bowden Is Paying the Price for Omar Minaya's Mistakes

    The Washington Nationals went into their first All-Star break in 2005 with a record of 50-31 and was in first place in the National League East. Since then, the team has a woeful 234-333 record, winning just 41 percent of their games during that span...

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  22. Justin Maxwell's Silver Hammer Is Potent, But Can He Stay Healthy?

    There is no question that the Washington Nationals drafted a player in the major league 2005 amateur draft who could become a key player in the team's long-term future. It may come as a surprise, however, that the "key" player might not be Ryan Zimmerman

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  23. George Allen Came to Washington In 1971 and Turned My Love Life Upside Down

    (The above image was taken from my 1974 J.E.B. Stuart High School year book) Growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, it was very normal to have friends and acquaintances whose parents were famous...

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  24. Elijah Dukes: Are His Problems The Result Of a Bad Man or a Bad Childhood?

    It's open season on Elijah Dukes. Again. Other than a couple of very minor skirmishes last season, Dukes has kept his head down and his temper in check since joining the Nationals...

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  25. Judging Jim Bowden: Reviewing the Reds' Biggest Trades of Bowden's Tenure

    Ever wonder how Jim Bowden became the (then) youngest general manager in baseball history when he took over the Reds at age 31? You'll find the surprise answer at the end of this article...

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