The 2024 Draft Lottery

When will the Washington Nationals pick in the next MLB Draft?

Odds on favorite is 10th, with a small chance at 11 and an infinitesimally smaller chance they pick at #12. The draft lottery is at 3:30pm on Tuesday, December 5.

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The Winter Meetings in Nashville are open!

The Winter Meetings are officially underway in Nashville, Tennessee, and the last time the Washington Nationals were in that city for the Winter Meetings was back in 2015. It is a short drive for Nats’ manager Dave Martinez who lives near Nashville in his offseason home and farm. For General Manager Mike Rizzo and the rest of his front office staff, they mostly live in the DC area. The Nats, like most teams, hope to do some deals while they are there, or at least get the framework for a deal done like the Nats did last year with Trevor Williams.

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Nationals Future Game will be played at Nats Park on March 26, 2024

The Washington Nationals just announced that on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, the team will play an exhibition game at Nats Park called the Nationals Futures Game featuring top prospects. Those great Minor Leaguers will play against current Nationals players on their MLB roster in a 12:05 pm first pitch.

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BleacherReport predicts Opening Day lineups

Until the Winter Meetings start, there really is little to write about when your team is not making big moves. Maybe today will be the day for the Washington Nationals. Maybe not. In the meantime, BleacherReport did a prediction on every team’s starting lineup for Opening Day of 2024 which is now exactly four months away from March 30, 2024 in Cincinnati.

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The Winter Meetings start this weekend

The Winter Meetings begin on Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, and the last time the Washington Nationals were in that city for the Winter Meetings was back in 2015. Turn-back-the-clock to that time in 2015, and the Nats had just hired Dusty Baker to replace Matt Williams. The Nats were the talk of the town at those Winter Meetings, and were shopping for a second baseman — eventually signing Daniel Murphy.

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The Best Latin American and Brazilian Baseball Stars in the MLB

Baseball is one of the most popular sports west of the Atlantic Ocean, where millions of people enjoy catching, throwing, and batting balls all year round. From the world’s best teams in the MLB, right down to minor league and Little League baseball, there’s a large and growing number of fans right around the world. The World Baseball Classic could prove that out.

And while the USA and Canada have provided a whole host of incredible athletes over the years (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Barry Bonds ー we could go on), there have also been a number of great Latin American players that have graced the sport with their presence — and especially in recent years. Current MLB stars like Juan Soto, Carlos Correa, and Ronald Acuña Jr. all see their names regularly appear on the bet slips of expert punters on American and Canadian betting sites. In other words, Latin Americans are now essential members of their respective MLB teams, frequently playing crucial roles, leading their teams to glory, and breaking records along the way. Venezuelans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans – they’ve all become highly sought-after nationalities for MLB teams.

Ever since the sport made its way from the USA to Cuba, from Cuba to Venezuela, and from Venezuela to the rest of South and Central America, baseball has been fostering an ever-growing number of Latin American stars. Let’s take a look at some of the best baseball stars of Latin American origin currently in the MLB.

Ronald Acuña Jr.

Of course, we have to start with the MLB’s 2023 MVP, Ronald Acuña Jr. Since his breakout season in 2018 when he won National League Rookie of the Year, the Venezuelan has claimed four MLB All-Star appearances and set a host of modern-era records. Still only 25 years old, you can expect more things to come from this outfielder!

Gabriel Moreno

Born in Venezuela, this young catcher plays for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was recently awarded a Golden Glove Award and a Fielding Bible Award for his exploits during the 2023 MLB season, making him one of baseball’s most notable up-and-coming stars.

Fernando Tatís Jr.

The son of a former professional MLB player, Fernando Tatís Jr. is a Dominican-born professional shortstop and right fielder for the San Diego Padres. He was named an All-Star for the 2021 season and won a Fielding Bible Award during the 2023 MLB season.

Yordan Álvarez

Playing as a designated hitter and left fielder for the Houston Astros, Yordan “Air Yordan” Álvarez is a Cuban professional baseball player with a wicked left-handed bat. In 2019, he became just the fourth player in MLB history to hit four home runs in his first five games, and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Yan Gomes

A former Nationals player, Yan Gomes currently plies his trade with the Chicago Cubs. The Brazilian helped the Washington Nationals win the World Series in 2019, playing an integral part as their keen-eyed catcher, and will go down as one of the best Brazilian players in MLB history.

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125 days to Opening Day, 80 days to Spring Training camp, 0 days to waste in improving this team!

As we move past Thanksgiving, most teams have not added new acquisitions to their MLB roster, and the Washington Nationals are one of them. There is a lot of work to get done to get to a Spring Training roster, and general manager Mike Rizzo has less than 80-days to get there. We wait for any news that can move the Nats up from the 68.4 wins that FanGraphs is projecting today with that ghastly 22.3 WAR number.

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Slow week expected — but you never know!

Baseball usually goes into a Thanksgiving hibernation as it gears up for the Winter Meetings late next week in Nashville, Tennessee. But never be surprised if a signing or trade happens. Rumors broke over Thanksgiving last year that Jeimer Candelario was headed to the Washington Nationals. Not every deal gets dragged out. What might be big for consumers and their Black Friday shopping obsessions — does not necessarily translate to baseball. The Winter Meetings is about as close as you can come to Black Friday frenzy — without the bargain sale prices.

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Songs About Baseball

There have been plenty of online comments, including by MLB players on their favorite baseball movie. But what about songs?

Here is just one of the many online articles about the best baseball songs.

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“The Love Me Tender” deadline for Arb-Eligible players

The Washington Nationals came into the off-season with nine arbitration-eligible players — and with a few signings, and a a couple of DFA’s, the team is in a position today to move forward with all of their four remaining players who are arb-eligible and will receive tender offers, if they do not agree to firm salaries before that, for the 2024 season.

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