Author Archives: Stephen G. "Ghost" Mears

Counting down to 9-days before #Nats Spring Training camp opens!

The countdown has started to the Washington Nationals official opening for Spring Training on February 14th, and we are just nine days away. We know most of the players who will be on the Major League side of the complex … Continue reading

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The Nationals had a Top-10 Bullpen in 2018; What will it look like in 2019?

Measuring a bullpen statistically is tricky business because looks stats can be deceiving.  ERA is generally a stat that does not tell the full story as relievers will tell you as one awful outing will skew the stat plus inherited runners … Continue reading

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Mike Rizzo reveals the 90-win goal leading into Spring Training

In all of my years of writing about the Washington Nationals, there is no recollection of Mike Rizzo ever stating that having a 90-win team on paper going into Spring Training is a goal. In the past week, Mike Rizzo … Continue reading

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Who can afford Bryce Harper?

With another team entering the Bryce Harper auction, it is time to discuss the intricacies involved in signing a contract for a player like Harper. Any signing of Harper will require a ratification from the principal owner of any team. Be … Continue reading

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Highlights and Quotes from the #Nats “Hot Stove” Event

The Washington Nationals “Hot Stove” event is held annually for full-season ticket holders which makes this an exclusive event. Typically the stage includes general manager Mike Rizzo, the team’s current manager (Dave Martinez), and the President of “Business Operation” (Vacant) … Continue reading

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Nats News & Notes: Bryce Harper, Las Vegas odds, Harvard report, Mike Rizzo’s Hot Stove, Prospects and Bo Porter

When one door closes, another one does not necessarily open. The demand for a player changes when a large market team is “out” on a player. With A.J. Pollock signing a long-term deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, it is … Continue reading

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High Stakes Poker at the top of the free agent market! Betting on Harper and Machado!

For a few hours yesterday, all of the baseball focus turned to Mariano Rivera, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, and the family of Roy Halladay. Those four players were voted in baseball’s Hall of Fame and the baseball free agency market … Continue reading

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We are in the “Cold Stove” portion of the year with HOF inductees. #Nats

Yesterday, Sonny Gray was traded and that was the only move going into the final week and a half of January. Reports seemed to indicate that the Washington Nationals were not “in” on Sonny Gray which was no surprise as … Continue reading

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If I had a flux capacitor and could change Nats history, I’d . . . .

The stove is colder than the weather in DC so let us have some fun with an open-ended poll.

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“Don’t sell me short” — Bryce Harper on exceeding a $400 Million contract!

Players are throwing in their 2¢ on the Bryce Harper/Manny Machado stalemate. Yesterday it was Evan Longoria and Kris Bryant. Players are protecting their turf, but maybe the irrational exuberance of the past has been replaced by teams tanking leaving … Continue reading

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