Author Archives: Stephen G. "Ghost" Mears

The wheels are moving with Bryce Harper as the Big Wheel!

There is always a mathematics lesson to the budget of a sports team. The dollars are finite, and there are restrictive rules in place for fairness and parity in MLB’s collective bargaining agreement. The Nationals have been spending above their … Continue reading

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Small sample size clutch in the postseason is a factor of circumstance!

Overall, the amount of “clutch” we have seen in this postseason has to go to the pitching and defense and maybe even to fan interference. Last night’s Astros’ game practically started with an historic umpire call that negated a two-run … Continue reading

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Happy 26th birthday Bryce Harper!

Today Bryce Harper turns 26-years-old.  In just a few weeks, he will be an unemployed free agent. Don’t feel sorry for the birthday boy because he is already in the wealthiest 1% in the world. When he becomes employed under … Continue reading

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Washington Nationals’ priorities for the 2019 roster plus sourced commentary on the budget!

There should not be much doubt in what the top two priorities are for Washington Nationals’ general manager Mike Rizzo for this off-season. He has already said that improving the starting rotation with the departure of Gio Gonzalez and Jeremy Hellickson … Continue reading

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The Top-10 Free Agents on MLB.com’s list and their #1 is not Bryce Harper!

When MLB.com compiled their Top-10 free agents, their first pick was Manny Machado and not Bryce Harper. Sure, Harper is the second player listed, and he might end up with the larger contract in terms of dollars. When it comes … Continue reading

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Free agent catchers and the #Nats options for 2019

With Matt Wieters headed to free agency, the Washington Nationals depth chart of catchers consists of Spencer Kieboom, Pedro Severino, and Raudy Read. While those pickings seem slim, the Nationals through attrition dug deep in their farm system and plucked … Continue reading

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Another look at the Washington Nationals tax cap situation for 2019 (updated for Kyle Barraclough trade)

Today the fine analysts at MLB Trade Rumors prepared their estimates for arbitration eligible players as well as Super Two players. It is clear who six of the Washington Nationals arbitration eligible players are this off-season, but there is a … Continue reading

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Astros/Indians, Dodgers/Braves, Red Sox/Yankees, Redskins/Saints are your games today!

The postseason continues this afternoon and into the evening as MLB will once again compete with the NFL and Monday Night Football for audience viewership. For Washington Redskins fans, they are the team du jour tonight against the New Orleans … Continue reading

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Flying the “L” and “L”essons on “L”osing

When the Cubs acquired Cole Hamels and Daniel Murphy, they were supposed to be on the verge of completing what was supposed to be a roster set to compete with the titans of the American League in the World Series. … Continue reading

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You want some good news? The Nationals will be drafting the highest they have picked in 7-years!

By the way, the Washington Nationals have the 17th spot in the 2019 Draft. It could have been the 16th if the Diamondbacks won 1 more game because the Nats had the better head-to- head record as they tied wih … Continue reading

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