With Ryan Zimmerman entrenched at first base, Moore will have to convince the Nationals he can contribute in a bench role this season.
Williams’ quote of the day Thursday — “The road to the World Series begins today” — is just the latest example of his mindset. He wants his team to embrace expectations so it can embrace the necessary work to achieve that goal.
As Washington begins another season with World Series expectations, the catalyst for the franchise’s turnaround considers how things have changed.
Speaking through an interpreter, the longtime shortstop said he is excited about the challenge of playing a new position. He will participate in extra practice sessions every day to ease the transition, Matt Williams said.
As a left-handed hitter who can play at first base or in the outfield, Carp could fill an important role off Washington’s bench if he is able to make the team.
Harper was all bravado when speaking to reporters Wednesday. Here’s what that means for the Nationals, both this season and beyond.
The new commissioner is tinkering with the time-honored tradition of timeless baseball. He’s trying to bring MLB in-line with the current times, where each second battles for attention.
Werth is “still in the rehab process” after offseason shoulder surgery, according to manager Matt Williams. Nate McLouth will also be limited in Thursday’s workout, while Denard Span is “full-go.”
With his easy swing and consistent approach, Rendon won a Silver Slugger Award in his first full season in Washington. Entering 2015, he hasn’t changed much.
With the departure of Tyler Clippard, Williams said he will explore using multiple relievers in a setup role, depending on the opposing lineup and previous workload, among other factors.
Last season, Williams promised his players he would resurrect his hilarious Babe Ruth impression if they won 10 games in a row. Then they did. Now, as he was reminded Tuesday, it’s time to pay up.
Thornton’s winters require a little more work now than they used to. At 38, he is in line to be the oldest player on the Nationals’ roster and one of the oldest players ever to suit up for the franchise.