1. Spring Training: It's Like Heaven, Only Better

    Thanksgiving Day has a very special meaning to me. Oh sure, there are family and friends and turkey and football. But that's a given. However, in my life, Thanksgiving is all about baseball...

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  2. Washington Nationals Must Extend Adam Dunn's Contract before Salaries Go Crazy

    If the Washington Nationals are planning on extending the contract of first baseman Adam Dunn, they had better do it soon because it looks as though the period of contractual sanity is over...

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  3. Strasburg and Storen Ready To Transform Nationals Into Winners

    When the first round of last summer’s amateur draft came to an end, the Washington Nationals had significantly improved themselves by selecting pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen...

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  4. Zimmerman's Gold Glove, Riggleman's Permanent Hire Emboldens Nationals Future

    Wednesday was a very good day for the Washington Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman, who former general manager Jim Bowden described as a “future Gold Glove winner” when he drafted him 4th ...

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  5. Six Months Later, Nationals 2009 Amateur Draft Seems an Impressive Haul

    By the time the 2009 baseball amateur draft concluded last June, the Washington Nationals had added 50 players to their minor league system...

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  6. When Healthy, Craig Stammen Was Washington Nationals' Best Starter in 2009

    Craig Stammen pitched pretty well as a rookie in 2009, though he had not looked nearly as crisp over the last month of the season. It seemed as though opposing hitters had begun to make their adjustments once they had seen him a few times...

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  7. Washington Nationals Just Three Players Away From Respectability

    In 2008, The Washington Nationals had the worst record in all of baseball because they had the worst players in all of baseball...

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  8. Washington Nationals' J.D. Martin Is Every Bit as Good as Ace John Lannan

    In 2007, John Lannan came out of nowhere. An 11th-round afterthought in 2005, Lannan climbed the minor league ladder quickly, going a combined 12-3, 2.87 before finishing the season with the Nationals where the 22-year-old went 2-2, 4...

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  9. The Washington Senators Played a Part in Baseball's Free Agent History

    The 1971 Washington Senators were an embarrassingly bad baseball team. After owner/general manager Bob Short traded the core of his team, pitcher Joe Coleman, third baseman Aurelio Rodriguez ...

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  10. 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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  11. Why The Amateur Draft Is The Top Priority For the Washington Nationals

    After years of neglect and abuse, the Washington Nationals’ farm system is beginning to look like, well, a farm system again...

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  12. The Washington Nationals' Chris Marrero On-Target For a 2011 MLB Debut

    When the Washington Nationals selected Chris Marrero with the overall 15th pick in the 2006 amateur draft, the team hoped they were drafting a high school slugger who was polished enough to make it to the majors quickly, possibly by 2011...

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  13. Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman: Best Pick in the 2005 Amateur Draft?

    As much as I love the Washington Nationals, I think it’s fair to say that they haven’t done much right since moving to D.C. five seasons ago...

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  14. Did Washington Trade Joe Coleman 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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  15. Trading Derek Norris Could Bring Nationals Badly Needed Starting Pitcher

    You know, it figures. The Washington Nationals have in their farm system no more than a handful of true position prospects, and of them, only two seem to be of the “can’t miss variety...

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  16. Livan Hernandez: Tell My Statistics To Shut Up!

    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. In Review: The 2009 Washington Nationals Starting Lineup

    Okay, the 2009 season is finally over. Now what? Although the Nationals’ 59-103 record was the worst in all of baseball—and for the second year in a row, no less—the surprising ...

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  18. Does Justin Maxwell Have The Time & Talent to Become a Starter In D.C.?

    Francisco Rodriguez has been a premier closer (perhaps the premier closer) in all of baseball over the last six years. Since 2004, "K Rod" has saved 206 games and crafted a stunning 2...

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  19. Putting a Number on How Many Major Leaguers Are in the Nationals' Farm System

    Over the past week or two, I have been poring over the Nationals' 2009 minor league statistics in preparation for a series of articles that will start when the season finally (and thankfully) comes to an end...

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  20. Giving the Bird to Baltimore

    Now that baseball has returned to Washington, and the Nationals have a new stadium and real hope for the future, it's time to proclaim once and for all that Baltimore is for the birds. As a young man growing up in D...

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  21. Facing Bleak Future, Washington Nationals Must Re-sign Adam Dunn

    Should the Washington Nationals try to sign Adam Dunn to a multiyear contract during the offseason? Dunn, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal last February, was willing to sign a longer ...

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  22. 2010 Nationals: Change We Can Believe In?

    Last November, a little more than half of all Americans believed that Barack Obama was the answer to the problems plaguing America. The only way to succeed, they thought, was Obama’s sweeping agenda...

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  23. D.C. Scandal: Senators Owner Turned Down Trades For Nolan Ryan, Catfish Hunter

    All Washington baseball fans, whether they were alive at the time or not, know the story of the magical year of 1969, when Ted Williams led a group of fair-to-middling baseball players ...

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  24. Why Bryce Harper Is Not the Answer to the Nationals' Woes

    The Washington Nationals are 19 games away from securing the top pick in baseball’s amateur draft for the second straight season. You can decide if congratulations or condolences are in order...

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  25. The Washington Nationals Will Turn the Corner Sooner Than Expected

    The Washington Nationals are on a pace to finish the season at 56-106, four games worse than last year’s woeful effort. Their wish list for next year, however, is not nearly as long as their record would suggest...

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