In a lengthy conference call with local media on Tuesday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo hit on a wide variety of topics. One big issue – who is the second baseman next season?
Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.
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So with new starter Doug Fister on board, it appears the Nationals' rotation is set for 2014. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann all have spots locked up. But what about Ross Detwiler, who was limited to 13 starts in 2013 because of a back injury?
The men on the field and the men in the offices were in agreement on new Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister. And when the scouts and statisticians are on the same page it makes life much easier for a general manager.
The Nationals have acquired starting pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers in return for second baseman Steve Lombardozzi, relief pitcher Ian Krol and minor-league prospect Robbie Ray.
The open-air ballpark was completed in 2008 at an estimated cost of $700 million. It is owned by the city government, which financed most of the project through repayable bonds, and the Nationals pay annual rent to use it.
Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond won his second consecutive Silver Slugger Award on Wednesday as the best hitter at his position in the National League.
The Nationals introduced new manager Matt Williams at a press conference on Friday at Nationals Park. The 17-year big-league veteran had plenty to say about his philosophy, his coaching staff and his new players.
The Washington Nationals on Thursday announced the hiring of former All-Star third baseman Matt Williams as their new manager. He has been an Arizona Diamondbacks coach the past four seasons and takes over for retired manager Davey Johnson.
While this space is usually reserved for news made by the Nationals, you'll have to grant me a momentary aside for a bit of personal news. This past week was my final one covering the Nationals for The Washington Times.
When Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson made his way out of the clubhouse Sunday evening for the final time, his tenure in his current position ended. And with that ending comes uncertainty for Johnson's coaches as well.
For Davey Johnson, this is it. One more game in the Washington Nationals' dugout. One more day in which the words 'Nationals manager' will come before his name. And while Johnson seems to have made his peace with that, particularly this last week between the tributes and the official elimination from postseason contention, what his role will be going forward remains a question mark.
In the early afternoon on Saturday, Gio Gonzalez talked about the honor he'd get in starting the final game of manager Davey Johnson's tenure with the Nationals. But late Saturday night, with his personal milestone of 300 games over .500 for his career record secure, Johnson decided he'd let his left-hander sail into the offseason.
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson walked from the visitors’ dugout up the tunnel to the clubhouse at Chase Field Saturday evening knowing there would be only one more time he’d get to do it. His veteran starting pitcher had penned a swan song worthy of his former-All-Star status and, though his closer made it interesting, the Nationals hung on for a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.
Gio Gonzalez will start for the Nationals on Sunday in their season finale. He will attempt to reach the 200-inning mark (which he needs only 4 1/3 innings to do) and surpass the 200-strikeouts mark (which he will need at least eight to do).
With the Washington Nationals set to play Game No. 161 on Saturday evening here at Chase Field, general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the organization's plans heading into the offseason.