1. Miguel Cabrera: Stephen Strasburg's Fastball "Like an Explosion"

    For about half an hour this afternoon, Viera, Florida was the center of the baseball universe. Stephen Strasburg, last season’s top amateur pick, took the mound and for the ...

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  2. Behind the Washington Nationals' 0-6 Start Are Several Intriguing Storylines

    After finishing their first year in Washington with a .500 record, fans and players alike hoped the Nationals would have a breakout season in 2006. The key was to get off to a fast start...

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  3. Several Players Impress As Washington Nationals Finally Take the Field

    Well, that isn’t how we wanted the 2010 season to begin.   After jumping out to a combined 6-0 lead in both games, the Lords of Reality reappeared and by the end of the day, the Nationals’ split-squad teams lost by a combined score of 25-9...

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  4. 10 Questions Facing the Washington Nationals as Spring Training Begins

    For two seasons, the Washington Nationals have been the worst team in baseball and have come close to matching the 1962 Mets for baseball’s all-time futility...

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  5. To Win, Nationals Need a Nyjer Morgan-Justin Maxwell Platoon in Center

    When Nyjer Morgan joined the Washington Nationals last July, the team was a moribund 23-55 and paralleling the record of the worst baseball team of all time, the 1962 New York Mets...

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  6. Livan Hernandez Signed by Washington Nationals to Minor League Contract

    Finding that extra veteran starting pitcher that he has long craved, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo today signed former National Livan Hernandez to a minor league contract.   If he has a good spring, he'll likely be in the starting rotation...

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  7. Spring Training: It's Like Heaven Only Better

    Over the next month or two, stories about spring training will sprout up across the nation like grass on a freshly manicured Florida diamond...

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  8. 2010 Washington Nationals: I Predict, You Decide

    Predicting how a team will perform before they even gather en masse for spring training is a dicey proposition. Some of the players won’t even be with the team when they break camp in six weeks...

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  9. Matt Chico, Jordan Zimmermann, and the Washington Nationals Double Standard

    He was one of the Nationals’ prized rookies. He didn’t come from a large school but was impressive enough to be selected early in the draft...

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  10. China Times: Chien-Ming Wang Signs With Nationals for $2 Million Plus Incentives

    Two days ago, Chien-Ming Wang wasn’t even a blip on the Nationals’ radar. Yesterday morning, multiple sources reported that he had come to terms with the team...

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  11. Just Four Roster Spots Left as Washington Nationals Gear Up for Spring Training

    Unless general manager Mike Rizzo has a behind-the-scenes deal or two still in the works, the 25 players that will make up the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day roster are currently under contract...

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  12. Forget Orlando Hudson: Adam Kennedy Is Still an Upgrade For The Nationals

    I never want to hear the name of Orlando Hudson again. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and I know he’s a great player. But over the last 16 months, I’ve spent seven of them glued to mlbtraderumors...

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  13. Zuckerman, Ladson Think Miguel Batista Might Crack The Nats Rotation

    When bloggers like me suggest it, you shouldn’t worry. We don’t know what we’re talking about. But when someone like Mark Zuckerman—former beat writer for the Washington Times—says it, you better take notice...

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  14. Why You Need to Know All About Pitcher Tom Milone

    I know, I know. You’ve never heard of Tom Milone. He’s just another no-name pitcher toiling somewhere within the deep recesses of the Nationals’ minor league system...

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  15. Bryce Harper: Nationals Can't Take Chance On Second "Best Ever" Prospect

    We are just seven months removed from the 2009 baseball amateur draft when the Washington Nationals—picking first—selected Stephen Strasburg, a “once in a lifetime talent” that was being called the “LeBron James of baseball..

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  16. Why Bringing Back Livan Hernandez Is Not a Totally Ridiculous Idea

    When Livan Hernandez was traded by the Washington Nationals to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2006, it was a clear-cut trade of a dominant veteran for two above average prospects...

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  17. Nationals Add Chris Duncan, Chuck James, and Tyler Walker

    Call Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo the stealth GM. Unlike his predecessor, Rizzo shuns the limelight and speaks only when he has something to say. Like now...

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  18. How Teddy Marchibroda Ruined My Love Life

    Growing up in the Washington , D.C. area, it was very normal to have friends and acquaintances whose parents were famous. J.E.B...

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  19. Stephen Strasburg's Minor League Apprenticeship a Major Mistake

    Knowing that the 2010 season wouldn’t be much better than 2009 without stronger pitching, Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo began his quest for at least two more starting pitchers long before last season came to an end...

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  20. Willingham Back On the Trading Block, Nats Interested In Mike Jacobs

    Sometimes, baseball inside the Beltway makes about as much sense as its politics. Follow this if you can. When last season began, Josh Willingham was an afterthought, even though he’d averaged 26 home runs per season over his career...

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  21. Angels Signing of Joel Pineiro Makes Jason Marquis Deal Look Even Better

    It has been reported throughout the day that former Cardinals’ starter Joel Pineiro has signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels...

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  22. Washington Nationals Prospect J.P. Ramirez Set for Breakout Season in 2010

    Every morning since he was a kid, J.P. Ramirez dragged himself out of bed and headed out to the batting cage, sleep in his eyes and bat in his hand. And every morning, he put the bat on his shoulder and took a deep breath...

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  23. How Mike Rizzo is De-Bowdenizing the Washington Nationals

    I was not one of those Nationals fans who went screaming into the night when Jim Bowden was named the team’s general manager shortly after moving to Washington, and I didn’t jump for joy when he was forced to resign last March...

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  24. The Washington Nationals Need to Do Better Than Doug Davis

    A few days ago, free agent pitcher Doug Davis said he’d be happy to pitch for the Washington Nationals next season. The Nationals responded by saying they had no real interest in the former Diamondback...

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  25. Alex Gordon Could Have Become Nationals "Face of the Franchise"

    Though Ryan Zimmerman was given his Nationals’ corner office with its “Face of the Franchise” title more than four seasons ago, it has remained vacant, waiting for the young man from Virginia Beach to grow into it...

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