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Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas

Todd Dybas is a sports writer at the Washington Times. He has covered the NFL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and NCAA Div. I athletics. Dybas is a member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. A St. Bonaventure University graduate, he began his career in upstate New York before making stops in Boston and Seattle. He can be reached at

Articles by Todd Dybas

Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Lind (73) watches during a spring training baseball workout Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Robinson, Lind ready for a spring training job fight

The Nationals signed Adam Lind in the middle of February to compete for the bench spot that was occupied by Clint Robinson last season. Grappling for a baseball job is nothing new to Robinson. Published February 22, 2017

Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman throws during a spring training baseball workout Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Ryan Zimmerman fielding advice from all circles

A down season last year -- the fourth consecutive with a decline at the plate -- has the Nationals' first baseman being advised by his manager and last year's second-place finisher in MVP voting. Published February 20, 2017

Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner fields a ground ball during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Trea Turner happy to let his production be the star

Turner laughed when asked if he was being recognized in public life after finishing second last season in National League Rookie of the Year voting. He's pleased to be unnoticed when out and about, but his play could soon change his recognition level. Published February 17, 2017

Washington Nationals pitcher Joe Nathan throws during a spring training baseball workout Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Jose Lobaton catches the old man and the kid

In the Washington Nationals' first workout, Lobaton caught 42-year-old Joe Nathan and 23-year-old Erick Fedde. He saw different stuff the first day. Published February 17, 2017

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer winds up during the first inning in Game 5 of baseball's National League Division Series, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, in Washington. Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester are competing for the National League Cy Young Award.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Max Scherzer may not be ready for Opening Day

The National League Cy Young Award winner from last season said he didn't want to comment on a possible timeline for a return after an offseason MRI revealed a stress fracture in his right ring finger. Published February 16, 2017

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2016, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker pauses in the dugout before a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park in Washington. Instead of revamping their roster after yet another early playoff exit, the Washington Nationals head to spring training next week counting on a bounce-back year from Bryce Harper and a full season from Stephen Strasburg. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Dusty Baker feels anything but 'lame'

Entering the final season of his contract, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker says experiences -- good and bad -- allow him not to worry about the future. Published February 15, 2017

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen (64) reacts after the last out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 2-1. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Dusty Baker doesn't want a closer by committee

Pitchers and catchers reported to the Washington Nationals' new spring training facility in West Palm Beach on Tuesday. Baker is searching for a closer among them. Published February 14, 2017

Washington Nationals' Trea Turner can't get a glove on a ball hit by San Francisco Giants' Trevor Brown for a single during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 31, 2016, in San Francisco. The Giants won 3-1. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)

5 things to watch when Nationals start spring training

The sun is beaming in Florida and the gear is being unpacked. Tuesday, Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers are due to report to their new facility in West Palm Beach. What to watch for? Glad you asked. Published February 13, 2017

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant signs autographs for fans in Oklahoma City before playing against his former team on Saturday. (Associated Press)

Scott Brooks relates to Kevin Durant's return to Oklahoma City

When Kevin Durant rose from his seat Saturday night wearing a Golden State Warriors uniform in Oklahoma City and was booed -- hard -- Brooks knew of some of the feelings that come with a return to a past home, a place of growth. Published February 12, 2017

In this Aug. 23, 2016, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson speaks at a groundbreaking ceremony for a stadium which will be home to the Los Angeles Football Club in Los Angeles. Johnson is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers organization as an adviser to owner Jeanie Buss. The Lakers announced the reunion Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, with Johnson, one of the most beloved players in franchise history. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Magic Johnson's 1992 valentine to the NBA, the fans and the game

On Feb. 9, 1992 -- 25 years ago -- Magic Johnson emerged from HIV-imposed exile for one more game with rivals and friends, many of whom wondered what the legend had left. They found out on a day when the NBA's All-Star Game became something much more than a simple exhibition. Published February 9, 2017