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2015 Nats

Postby welch » Sat Nov 29, 2014 10:02 pm

About ten weeks until pitchers and catchers report. Roy Sievers turned 85 this month. I remember the arguments in elementary school when the Nats traded Gil Coan (speedster: "Get goin' with Coan") for Sievers. The Browns had been taken from Bill Veeck, moved to Baltimore, and the new "Orioles'" management decided to dump Roy. A lucky trade: Sievers was AL home run champ a few years later.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby DarthMonk » Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:19 pm

Keep every starter. It's only money.
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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby welch » Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:10 pm

I want a couple of hitters. Werth just had surgery. Won't be healthy until opening day. McLouth, OF number 4, could not hit last season. He says it was a bad shoulder, and I hope that's accurate, but the Nats traded Steven Sousa, who would have been the 4th outfielder.

Then there is second base. I know who's on first, but what's playing second?

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby DarthMonk » Fri Feb 06, 2015 6:47 pm

welch wrote:I want a couple of hitters. Werth just had surgery. Won't be healthy until opening day. McLouth, OF number 4, could not hit last season. He says it was a bad shoulder, and I hope that's accurate, but the Nats traded Steven Sousa, who would have been the 4th outfielder.

Then there is second base. I know who's on first, but what's playing second?


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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby SkinsJock » Sat Feb 07, 2015 12:47 pm

sooo - Spring Training begins in less than 2 weeks ...

I understand who's on first but I am not confident that what's play at second is as 'natural' as DM is implying :lol:
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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby welch » Sat Jun 27, 2015 12:20 am

Nats 3.5 games ahead of the Mets, even with Harper hurt, Rendon back on the DL, Werth out for another four weeks, Ryan Zimmerman out until ???, Escobar hurt by a pitch that hit his wrist, Span playing hurt, Strassburg just returning from 15 days DL, Fister the same, Craig Stammen out for the year, Tanner Roark shifted from gutsy starter to long relief to 8th-inning specialist to starter, and now to two-inning relief pitcher. Joe Ross promoted from AA and pitches two wins. The re;lief pitching is weak and the field lineup is filled out with backups, but the team has won about seven games in a row.

And Max Scherzer is pitching like a a modern equivalent of Walter Johnson...pitching, hitting, running the bases.

This team is fun to watch.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby welch » Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:51 pm

Until then it was not fun at all. Still, every win is good, and the Nats won today. Next year.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby welch » Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:55 pm

A Nats win is a delight. Amusing to see Mets fans here in NYC go hysterical when the Yankees beat them yesterday. "It's all Matt Harvey's fault...or let's blame Boras" etc.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby DarthMonk » Sun Oct 04, 2015 9:16 am

No no #2 for Max.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby Burgundy&GoldForever » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:34 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manager Matt Williams was fired by the Washington Nationals on Monday after a season in which the team went from World Series favorite to failing to make the playoffs.

The club announced the move a day after finishing the regular season barely above .500 at 83-79, second to the New York Mets in the NL East.

"This entire season was a disappointment," general manager Mike Rizzo said during a telephone conference call. "It was not our best year. It wasn't Matt's best year. It wasn't my best year. As an organization, it wasn't our best year. All of us, together, feel the disappointment."

Williams is gone after only two seasons in his first job as a skipper in the majors. Last year, he was voted NL Manager of the Year after the Nationals finished with the best record in the league. In February, the Nationals exercised his 2016 contract option.

But he presided over a 2015 season filled with defeats, discord and the embarrassing spectacle of a dugout dustup between NL MVP front-runner Bryce Harper and teammate Jonathan Papelbon during a game the day after the team was eliminated from playoff contention.

Williams said he had no idea of the extent of the skirmish until much later in the day. Even though he was, of course, in the dugout at the time, Williams said he hadn't been aware of exactly what happened — including that Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat. None of his players or coaches told him about it right away, and he said he hadn't asked to know more.

"Not one single incident was the tipping point of making a decision with Matt Williams," Rizzo said. "Like I said during the season, (we were) going to take his whole body of work into consideration."

The Nationals also said Monday they will not renew the contracts of the seven members of Williams' staff: bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, third base coach Bobby Henley, first base coach Tony Tarasco, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy, and defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier.

Knorr, who was a candidate for manager when Williams was hired, could be considered for that post again, Rizzo said.

Before Sunday's season finale against the Mets, Rizzo said the Nationals were "not going to let people twist in the wind" — and, true to his word, the house-cleaning began quickly. He said he met with Williams in the Nationals Park manager's office Monday morning to deliver the news.

Rizzo said the hiring process would begin Monday afternoon.

"We're going to bring in a group of people with diverse backgrounds, diverse experiences and diverse skill sets. And I think that's something we did not do last time. Last time we brought in managing candidates with little or no managerial experience," Rizzo said.

Before the season began, no one was shy about predicting big things for Washington — not even the Nationals themselves. But the team fell apart in the second half.

Williams' string of open-to-second-guessing bullpen choices didn't begin in 2015 — they were front-and-center during Washington's NL Division Series loss last season. He also tried to deal with a long list of injuries, including to half of the everyday lineup for long stretches: Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Anthony Rendon and Denard Span. The ideal lineup was available for only two games all season.

"We had some things that went sideways and we had a whole bunch of injuries, and not much you can do about that except adjust and move on," Williams said Sunday.

His departure begins an offseason of significant change for a team that won division titles in 2012 and 2014 but could not win a playoff series.

At least 20 percent of the roster is pretty much guaranteed to be gone. Two homegrown building blocks, right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and shortstop Ian Desmond, are expected to leave via free agency, along with leadoff hitter Span and right-hander Doug Fister. Drew Storen is expected to be traded after losing the closer's job to Papelbon, then faltering badly.

"It's got a chance to be drastically different next year," Werth said, "so that's tough."

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby Deadskins » Mon Oct 05, 2015 1:43 pm

Williams is gone after only two seasons in his first job as a skipper in the majors. Last year, he was voted NL Manager of the Year after the Nationals finished with the best record in the league. In February, the Nationals exercised his 2016 contract option.

When did RGIII start managing the Nats? Or did the Danny buy them too?
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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby welch » Sun Oct 18, 2015 6:12 pm

Worst September baseball in a long time. The Post articles by Barry Svrgula (sp??) should make a fine book. Werth to Matt Williams: "Just when do you think you lost this team?" Papelbon's grin after he choked Bryce Harper. Ian Desmond's expression as he guards Harper's back while walking Harper away from Papelbon.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby Countertrey » Sun Oct 18, 2015 9:19 pm

Nats... Caps... Cut from same mold... Incredible talent... Incredible potential... Incredible disappointment.

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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby Burgundy&GoldForever » Mon Oct 19, 2015 7:40 pm

Countertrey wrote:Nats... Caps... Cut from same mold... Incredible talent... Incredible potential... Incredible disappointment.

Life of a DC sports fan...


Not this year for the Caps. This year they get it done.
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Re: 2015 Nats

Postby Countertrey » Tue Oct 20, 2015 3:42 pm

Burgundy&GoldForever wrote:
Countertrey wrote:Nats... Caps... Cut from same mold... Incredible talent... Incredible potential... Incredible disappointment.

Life of a DC sports fan...


Not this year for the Caps. This year they get it done.
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