1. Can Nationals Ever Become More Than Just "Pirates Light?"

    During their first year in Washington, D.C., the Washington Nationals were rudderless, visionless and, when compared to the other teams in their division, paupers and penniless...

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  2. Manny Acta Fired

    Note: It's 2:00 a.m. Eastern time and multiple sources are saying that Manny Acta has been fired and will be replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman. The story below was written before this news broke...

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  3. When Will Nationals Become a Winner? When Toilets Fly

    It should have been the last straw. The Washington Nationals lost another embarrassing game to the Houston Astros Friday night and are now 0-5 on their current road trip. Two players, Nick Johnson and Willie Harris, were thrown out at home plate...

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  4. Nationals' Derek Norris Rewriting Minor League Record Books

    When the sale of the Washington Nationals to the Lerner family was finalized a couple of seasons back, many promises were made to their still optimistic fan base...

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  5. Washington Nationals' Second-Half Hope Already Fading Fast

    The 82nd game of the MLB season is very special. It's the beginning of the second half of the season. Theoretically, teams can a set aside a dismal start and say, "From here on in, boys, it's a whole new ball game...

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  6. What Do Joseph Stalin and the Washington Nationals Have in Common?

    July is a telling month in the world of baseball. With the trade deadline coming at the end of the month, contending teams seek to shore up any potential weaknesses by dealing prospects for (usually) short-term solutions...

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  7. Nationals Are Not the Titanic Searching for Icebergs (but They're Close)

    Since the beginning of the season, I've been watching the Washington Nationals play a very unique brand of baseball. Most of us wrote off last year's 59-102 debacle as a perfect storm, a confluence of off-years, green pitching and bad luck...

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  8. Even If He's The Next David Clyde, Nationals Must Draft Steven Strasburg

    Well, the Major League Baseball amateur draft is finally upon us, and regardless of all the sleight-of-hand and pseudo-uncertainty coming from the Washington Nationals, don't bother tuning in to the draft broadcast hoping to catch some suspense...

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  9. Journalists Don't Do Their Job, so Bleacher Reporters Do It For Them

    Do you remember retired Admiral James Stockdale, who in 1992 was Ross Perot's running mate in that year's Presidential election?I will never forget his deer-in-the-headlight stare into the television camera during the Vice Presidential debate...

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  10. Watergate Was Nixon's Punishment For Not Stopping Senators Move

    (Photo is a copyright-free image produced by the United States government.) With all due respect to President George W. Bush, Richard Nixon was the Oval Office's most rabid baseball fan...

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  11. Who's the Biggest Clown in Nats Town?

    A few nights ago, I caught my 17-year-old son sneaking into my house at two in the morning. He was repeatedly warned about breaking curfew and this was the last straw...

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  12. To Get to Next Chapter, Washington Nationals Must Turn Page on Manny Acta

    Things are turning ugly in Nats Town.To be sure, the problems didn't just begin. The community was being held together with a combination of prayers and duct tape when the doors of Space Coast Stadium swung open this past February...

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  13. Derek Norris Leapfrogging Rest of Nationals Prospects On Way To Top

    This guy came out of nowhere. Nationals' fans knew of Chris Marrero and Michael Burgess and Jack McGeary and Craig Stammen, but they had never heard of Derek Norris...

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  14. Gammons: Red Sox Say No to Nick Johnson Trade

    Peter Gammons of ESPN reported on Friday morning that the Nationals have offered to trade first baseman Nick Johnson to the Boston Red Sox for relief pitcher Manny Delcarmen, but Theo Epstein—for the moment, anyway—has said no...

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  15. Nationals Rotation Can Look to 1967 Kansas City Athletics for Hope

    The 1967 Kansas City Athletics finished the season with a record of 62-99, dead last in the American League...

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  16. Nationals Offense Bashing, But Long-Term Outlook Doesn't Look Good

    With their 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon, the Washington Nationals return home with a still league-worst record of 11-21. That said, they finished their west-coast road trip at 4-4, and really, it should have been 6-2...

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  17. Rip-roaring Offense Gives Washington Nationals Real Chance at Second-half Surge

    Two things stood out in the Nationals' come-from-behind, 11-9 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday night. Both of them were positive, and both were surprising...

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  18. Turns Out, I Knew Cory Lidle...and I Didn't Even Know It

    Sixteen years ago, I was living through a remarkable time in my life. I didn't have any gray hair yet, and my 30-foot jump shot still traveled 30 feet. Heck, back then, I could actually stoop to pick something up and then stand back up without help...

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  19. At 5-15, Nationals Are Right Where They Want to Be

    Last season, the Washington Nationals lost 102 games, and their accompanying statistics bore that out. They were 13th in runs per game, 15th in home runs, and dead last in slugging percentage...

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  20. Five Reasons Stephen Strasburg Must Be Signed By Nationals, Regardless of Cost

    The law of unintended consequences is a powerful thing. In the mid-1970s, the national speed limit was lowered from 70 mph to 55 to help stem a rising death rate on the nation's interstate highway system...

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  21. Nick Johnson Thinks He's Tony Gwynn These Days

    For the Washington Nationals, first base is a two-part question. First, what in the world are they going to do next year, and second, what in the world is going on this year?Nick Johnson ...

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  22. A Scout's Eye View of Jordan Zimmermann

    In one of his first media interviews back in 2004, then general manager Jim Bowden made it very clear that first priority—his only priority really—was to stock the Nationals' barren farm system with pitching talent...

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  23. Things Looking Up For Nationals (Yes, Really!)

    Well, well; take a couple of weeks off and look what happens to the Washington Nationals.I hope they don't expect me to clean up the mess.Two weeks into the season and the Washington Nationals are in last place in the National League East...

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  24. Washington's Lopsided Roster Could Hurt Nationals if Trades Can't Be Made

    Time is getting short for the Washington Nationals.With just 12 days to go before the start of the 2009 season, the Nationals' roster is woefully unbalanced...

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  25. Washington Nationals Can Be Good, But It All Centers on Josh Willingham

    Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock.T-minus 13 days to Opening Day for the Washington Nationals.Many of the team's questions have been answered while others remained bubble-wrapped with uncertainty...

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