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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - National Party Of Australia
Of the 43 major leaguers who were non-tendered on Monday night, several could make for intriguing options for the Nationals.
The Nationals re-signed right-hander Ross Ohlendorf for $1.25 million and tendered contracts to eight other arbitration-eligible players before Monday night's deadline.
Here is one guy's attempt at coming up with something for every team, as in the spirit of the holiday, we should all be thankful.
The Nationals are looking for a new in-game host, someone to emcee their daily Inside Pitch Live broadcast from Nats Park for home games.
Matt Williams will be the next manager of the Nationals. Several outlets are reporting that general manager Mike Rizzo has settled on Williams to replace Davey Johnson.
As incredibly cool as it would be to have an icon like Ripken as the manager of the Nats, it is not a good idea. Not now anyway.
The 2013 season is a warning to the organization that acted as if last season's 98 wins and division title were the first of many such postseason runs. That, somehow, landing one strike away from advancing to the NLCS in 2012 meant those October opportunities will always be there in Washington.
The Yankees kept pace in the AL wild-card race in grand fashion and Kansas City walked off with a win that knocked Texas from the top spot. Rain helped Cleveland advance in the standings, while Cincinnati and Tampa Bay needed extras for crucial wins. A quick look at baseball's playoff picture:
Jordan Zimmermann has a two-hitter to go with his one-hitter and needs just one more win to get to 20. Such milestones are starting to look more and more like consolation prizes because of improbable events some 250 miles away.
Davey Johnson likes a good story. The story of the 2013 Washington Nationals season may wind up being one of missed opportunity. But that's hardly the end of the Davey Johnson story.
Sports can't fix anything. They won't bring back those we've lost. They won't keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people. It would be marvelous if they could prevent another tragedy. They can't. But sports can help us feel better.
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff greeted players in the Washington Nationals clubhouse before the game, handing out blue-and-gold Navy caps. Manager Davey Johnson and his players held those caps from Adm. James Winnefeld over their hearts during a pregame moment of silence, disturbed only by the sound of a hovering helicopter.
Tests did, however, reveal some inflammation and Harper was placed on oral anti-inflammatory medication in order to help alleviate that. When the outfielder may return to the Nationals' lineup will be based on how he feels in the coming days.
Teams build their farm systems in order to develop players into major leaguers, and the main goal is to produce as much MLB-caliber talent as possible. It's how the success of any team's system is judged. What, then, should be made of the actual on-field success the Nationals' system has had this year?
In 60 1/3 innings this season, facing 230 batters, Clippard has allowed 28 total hits. He has walked 20, given up seven home runs and allowed 15 runs to score while he's been on the mound (13 earned runs, two inherited runners)