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Topic - Jayson Werth
The baseball winter meetings are starting with a look back.
Nate McLouth should help as a backup for their stating outfielders, but also provide insurance for the Nationals.
The odds of Cano, a free agent who has had a brilliant career with the Yankees, joining the Nats are only slightly higher than the odds of a Ferrari showing up under a certain tree in Accokeek, Md. But what's a holiday season without a few dreams? And this is one dream the Nats really should try to make a reality.
Eury Perez saw two stints in Washington in 2013, but was used sparingly. What does 2014 behold for the speedy outfielder?
Is he the brilliant, athletic marvel we saw in 2012 who made us dream of annual Super Bowl championship parades? The guy who could save the world, let alone the Redskins? Or is he the seemingly confused fellow we've watched much of 2013, who appears to lock in on receivers too easily, who doesn't seem to have a firm grasp on reading defenses and who has already thrown twice as many interceptions (10) as he did all of 2012?
When the Washington Nationals tabbed Matt Williams as their new manager earlier this month, the club joined a growing trend among Major League Baseball teams: Hiring someone with extremely limited or no managerial experience at any level to run a team.
The new manager of the Washington Nationals, hired just last week, was a third-base coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks when Wilson Ramos, now Williams' catcher, took his time trotting around the bases after a home run in a game in Phoenix more than two years ago. The fiery side of Williams erupted.
Still, Zimmermann's season solidified his place among the game's elite as he finished 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA, earned his first All-Star selection with a mind-bogglingly good first half, and continued his progression into an ace.
As Davey Johnson said late Monday night, there are "a thousand different" reasons the Nationals' season ended in elimination, as opposed to celebration. Here are three issues that contributed to their struggle.
At a time when their fans — when their city — may have most needed it, the Washington Nationals provided a scene of unbridled joy Tuesday afternoon.
Earlier in the season, the 5-4 loss to the Phillies could have been chalked up as a competitive, interesting game that just happened to go the other team's way. It happens a lot over the course of a long season. But now? There's no room for such games, even as well as the Nats have been playing lately
Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and drove in three runs to power the Washington Nationals to a 9-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
"He's playing unbelievable," said Washington shortstop Ian Desmond. "This is the Jayson I remember playing against in Philadelphia."
As Jayson Werth told the media after Wednesday's victory, "We've got a heartbeat." Werth, in addition to being an excellent baseball player, is a pretty wise man and a bit of a sage. Yes, the Nats do have a heartbeat.
The rookie reliever shut down the Kansas City Royals over the critical middle innings Friday night, emboldening his team after it rallied from a six-run hole. Jayson Werth's two-run homer and a terrific catch by Bryce Harper helped sew up Washington's 11-10 victory.
"It doesn't matter how you lose 'em, you know?" right fielder Jayson Werth said.
"We still have a chance to win the series," Werth said. "We got one game to play, one game to win. ... Over the 162-game season, we were the best team in baseball. I still feel that way."