- George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute
- Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal
- Selfies at Funerals blog creator retires after Obama flub: ‘Our work here is done’
- New Obama adviser Podesta is against Keystone but will steer clear of pipeline deliberations
- 40 Australian adults, children found in ‘one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public’
- Venezuela’s Maduro calls on student ‘price vigilantes’ to hit the streets, report businesses
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
- 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for pretend bow-and-arrow shooting
- Budget deal exposes GOP divisions; conservatives slam tax hikes, vague cuts
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Ryan Zimmerman
Danny Espinosa is the subject of a trade rumor, but Nationals GM Mike Rizzo talked up his infielder on Monday at the Winter Meetings.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Stephen Strasburg gave up four runs and four hits in six innings to help the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-4 on Sunday.
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."
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.
After a two-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie it.
Early in Wednesday's broadcast of the Nationals' latest loss to the Braves, color man F.P. Santangelo made a point. It wasn't about the division or the playoffs anymore. It was about showing a little heart, about not letting a team come in and sweep you at home.
An 8-5 defeat by the Milwaukee Brewers in a game the Nationals led by three runs in the sixth inning capped a 2-3 road trip. The Nationals have a 54-57 record to pair with an ever-growing deficit in the National League East (12) and the Wild Card (6 ½).
They've been engaged in conversations with several teams, including at least slightly involved in talks for Astros right-hander Bud Norris, who was held out of his scheduled start in Baltimore. But team and major league officials have not indicated that any move is imminent.
As they packed their clubhouse Sunday afternoon, preparing for a five-game road swing through Detroit and Milwaukee, the Nationals were celebrating their fourth victory in the last five games — and the most lopsided win in team history.
It's hard for everyone to keep ignoring you when you continue to prove you are among the best in the game. When Zimmermann is announced at the All-Star game at Citi Field on Tuesday night, with a 12-4 record and a 2.58 ERA at the break, there will be very few ways left for him to continue going unnoticed.
"I think the relationships and communication is more important at this level than actual teaching," said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
"If it was that easy to figure it out people would pick who's going to win every year, who's going to win every award and what people are going to hit," said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.