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2019 Preview – The Manager and coaches #Nats

Going into 2018, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and team ownership took a major plunge by installing a rookie manager, Dave Martinez, on a team primed to contend for a title. Industry consensus was that the non-renewal of Dusty … Continue reading

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2019 preview – Starting pitching #Nats

When looking at the 2018 season in the rearview mirror, my contention is that with all the issues documented daily, all the whining about this and that — the single biggest issue and the main reason the 2018 season was a … Continue reading

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2019 #Nats Preview – 2nd base position

For 2019, the second base position is a complicated issue after the departure of Daniel Murphy. For the past 2 1/2 years, the man for the position was Murphy who missed a good part of the season due to his … Continue reading

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2019 preview – Trea Turner

For the Washington Nationals, Trea Turner is another player who has drawn emotional responses from our posters throughout the year. Let’s start by making a couple of indisputable statements: 1) Trea Turner is a very good player; 2) This was … Continue reading

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2019 – Preview — The Catchers #Nats

If there is one position where opinion is near unanimous among Washington Nationals fans, it’s that the catcher position needs to be upgraded. It hasn’t been good since Wilson Ramos tore up his knee 2 years ago. Mike Rizzo made … Continue reading

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2019 preview – Anthony Rendon

The Nationals’ best position player by a wide margin is Anthony Rendon. This is not a subjective opinion — it’s an opinion backed up by independent statistics. TTB has put together the following for 4 years: 6.4, 4.3, 6.7 and 5.5 … Continue reading

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2019 preview – Ryan Zimmerman

There is perhaps not a more polarizing player on the Washington Nationals than Ryan Zimmerman. I sometimes struggle to understand why a player who was drafted by the team, and became its original star player gets so much of a … Continue reading

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2019 preview – The #Nats bullpen

Narratives are always ongoing in sports, and in time an opinion can become gospel. Take for example the tale that general manager Mike Rizzo is really bad at constructing bullpens. That’s pretty much as solid as the US Constitution – … Continue reading

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2019 Preview – Adam Eaton #Nats

People tend to form an opinion and then they try to interpret facts to match their opinions. In fact, there is very little objective analysis when it comes to opinions on players who play on team we root for. When … Continue reading

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2019 Preview – Michael A. Taylor

In the first of our series looking at the current roster with an emphasis on projections for next season, we will take a look at Michael A. Taylor. MAT has been bouncing between a full-time every day player, the bench … Continue reading

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