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Game #1 of 2018 Grapefruit League for the #Nats

Today is Opening Day of the Grapefruit League for 2018. Your Opening Day starter is Tommy Milone. The Nationals are the “road” team today in their home ballpark at the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches as they face the … Continue reading

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GM Mike Rizzo and manager Davey Martinez on A.J. Cole

There have been some mixed signals between general manager Mike Rizzo and his field manager Dave Martinez on whether or not there is a competition for the 5th starter spot. Mike Rizzo was very clear on February 4th at the … Continue reading

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Bryce Harper just took his first batting practice in Spring Training

There was never a question of Bryce Harper being part of the Washington Nationals 2018 roster unless you listened to those who thought trading him prior to free agency was prudent.

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Connecting the dots in Spring Training for the Nationals

Connecting the dots to what we think we know is easier said than done. There are few rumors coming out of Nationals camp because for the most part — the roster is set.  Also, Dave Martinez has been very forthcoming with … Continue reading

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“Winning Starts Now” Washington Nationals spring training camp opens!

While most of the national baseball media on the east coast of Florida was  on the Houston Astros side of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches complex that the 2017 World Series champions share with the Washington Nationals, there was … Continue reading

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Gio Gonzalez the enigma; Who will he be in 2018?

Gio Gonzalez wanted that All-Star nod in 2017 so he could pitch in front of his hometown fans in Miami last year. It did not happen even though Gio was putting together perhaps his best season in the Majors. He … Continue reading

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The wait is almost over; Nationals’ Spring Training camp opens in 7 days

Spring Training 2018 officially opens one week from today as pitchers and catchers arrive at the Washington Nationals spring training facility at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida. If you look at that photo (above) … Continue reading

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Mike Rizzo names A.J. Cole as his 5th starter

During this off-season, Mike Rizzo has signed veteran starting pitchers like Tommy Milone and Edwin Jackson. On Saturday, Mike Rizzo broke news by naming A.J. Cole as his 5th starter. Has Mike Rizzo just signaled to those veteran pitchers he … Continue reading

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Nats sign a veteran catcher; Hint: His last name ends in “o”

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals filled in depth at the catcher position with their acquisition of veteran Miguel Montero (not J.T. Realmuto).  In this stagnant market, Mike Rizzo was able to get Montero on an incentives-laden Minor League deal with an … Continue reading

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Revisiting an acquisition of J.T. Realmuto to the #Nats

Is today the day that Derek Jeter signs off on the trade of J.T. Realmuto? With the trade of Christian Yelich behind them, the Marlins clearly have a path to finish the house cleaning and trade the disgruntled catcher and … Continue reading

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