The Nationals announced Friday morning that, before heading to Chicago to open the 2012 season at Wrigley Field, they'll welcome the Boston Red Sox to Nationals Park on April 3 for an exhibition game. There are a few things that this one exhibition game means:
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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Former Nationals bench coach (and interim manager for three eventful games in Chicago this past June following Jim Riggleman's resignation) John McLaren has gotten word that his name was on the Mets' list for their open bench coach and first base coach jobs and is "hopeful to get an interview," he said Wednesday. He has not, however, been contacted just yet by their front office.
The Nationals contingent at the Arizona Fall League is finally complete with left-hander Matt Purke ditching Instructional League for the Fall League and arriving in Arizona on Tuesday night. With the seven members of the Scottsdale Scorpions that call Washington their parent organization now all in attendance, I thought it'd be a good time to check out how the Nats top prospects are faring thus far.
The New York Mets will interview former Nationals manager Jim Riggleman this week for the bench coach vacancy on manager Terry Collins' staff, a source has confirmed to the Washington Times.
As the Arizona Fall League season gets underway, the rosters are complete and first-round pick Anthony Rendon is not among the Nationals prospects in attendance.
Packing up his locker at Sun Life Stadium last week, Michael Morse was asked if he planned to pop the giftwrapped bottle of Cristal sitting in it at some point this season. The bottle, a gift from Livan Hernandez to Morse for hitting 30 home runs this season, was something of a symbol of the superb season Morse had put together as the Nationals' slugging cleanup hitter. Morse said he didn't have any plans to open the bottle, rather that he would keep it as a memento -- a conversation piece about his best year as a major leaguer (so far) and the man who gave it to him. On Monday, Morse learned he could soon add another memento -- this one a piece of hardware -- to his collection when he was nominated for the 2011 Hank Aaron Award.
The Nationals walked off the field at Sun Life Stadium (for the last time there) on an extremely positive note. They ended their 2011 season with a 3-1 win over the Florida Marlins, a win that gave them 80 victories and made it the second most successful season in the team's brief history.
If Davey Johnson has it his way, when the Nationals open spring training in February, the man sitting in the manager’s office will be the same one who is there now: him.
Michael Morse blasted his 31st home run of the season Tuesday night, tying the game at 1 in an eventual 3-2 walk-off loss for the Nationals and he ended the game with a .303 batting average.
Henry Rodriguez got the first save of his career last week in Philadelphia and he was so good Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park in the eighth inning, striking out the side of Atlanta Braves, his teammates were still guffawing over the performance on Monday.
Ryan Zimmerman was out of the Nationals' lineup on Tuesday, missing the season's penultimate game with a sore hamstring that Nationals manager Davey Johnson didn't want to aggravate any worse. Steve Lombardozzi started at third base in his place, his second major league start at the position and just third in his entire professional career.
As the Nationals begin the transition toward constructing their 2012 roster as it pertains to their outfield, they've exchanged figures with outfielder Laynce Nix on a contract for next season
There has been plenty written this season about Michael Morse - the breakout year he's having, the sick power he possesses to all fields and how much work he's put into eliminating any holes in his swing.
The Nationals 7:10 p.m. game against the Florida Marlins will not start on time. There has been no official announcement made but the tarp is on the field, it is raining and there has been no movement by either starting pitcher to begin their warmup.
If Davey Johnson returns as Nationals manager in 2012 he said Monday that he would like to keep his coaching staff intact.