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Nationals owner Mark Lerner (left) has presided over the decisions to not bring back Dusty Baker as well as last month's move to honor the recently-arrested Jayson Werth. (Associated PRess)

LOVERRO: Lerners' arrogance is Nationals' way of doing business

If you want to do an autopsy on the Washington Nationals' disappointing 2018 season, you don't need to be a coroner. The cause of death is easy enough to spot -- just take another look at the line of Lerners sitting in the front row last Nov. 1 at the Nationals' press conference to introduce new manager Dave Martinez.

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto celebrates after his solo home run during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Soto's emergence creates domino effect for Harper, Nationals

The amazing rise of Soto, who began the season at low Single-A Hagerstown, could have a ripple effect in the Washington organization. One thing is clear: the Nationals have outfield depth, with Harper, Soto, Adam Eaton, Victor Robles and Michael A. Taylor.

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper, looks at the baseball field from their dug out before the start of the Nationals last home game of the season against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) **FILE**

Nationals' slide dropped Washington from contenders to also-rans this season

For the Washington Nationals, this season began with World Series expectations, a golf-chipping contest and a group of live camels brought into spring training by a rookie manager looking to poke a little fun at the team's angst about "getting over the hump" in the playoffs. As it turned out, the worries about coming up short in the postseason were misplaced.

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper (34) bows his head and raise his arms with clenched fists as the Nationals celebrate and bid goodbye to their fans ending their last home game of the season with a 9-3 rain delayed win against the Miami Marlins in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Rain spoils possible curtain call for Harper

The rain, as it has much of the year, played spoiler once again in the Navy Yard neighborhood for Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals.

Diane Headlee has been an attendant in the Shirley Povich Media Center since Nationals Park opened in 2008. The Maryland resident was an usher at RFK Stadium when the Nationals played there from 2005 to 2007. The Ohio State graduate coached basketball at American University and at Maryland high schools. Photo by David Driver for The Washington Times

Retired schoolteacher a favorite in Nationals Park pressbox

Talking with reporters who cover baseball in Washington, you might get the impression that Diane Headlee is as much a part of what makes Nationals Park special as watching Bryce Harper or writing about Ryan Zimmerman.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer gestures from the mound after he recorded his 300th strikeout of the season during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Scherzer reaches another milestone at Nationals Park

Scherzer allowed just one run and five hits in seven innings in a 9-4 win Tuesday over the lowly Marlins, but more importantly, he fanned 10 batters to reach an even 300 for the season.

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) gets a high five from Juan Soto (22) in the dugout during the middle of the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Washington. Max Scherzer recorded his 300th strikeout of the season during the seventh. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Scherzer gets 300th strikeout, Rendon homers again

The cries of "Let's go Nats" were replaced by "Let's go Max" on Tuesday night at Nationals Park, where the hometown faithful came to be part of history.

Grounds crew members put the tarp on the Nationals Park field on Sunday. Major League Baseball has had the most postponements since 1997. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Nationals aren't MLB's only soggy team

Through Monday, the 57 postponed games this season were the highest number since 1997, when 53 games were called because of weather. This season's figure is just one short of the record 58 called in 1989, according to Michael Teevan of MLB Communications in New York.