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Thom Loverro

Thom Loverro has been a professional journalist since 1977, working for a number of newspapers, including eight years as a news editor and reporter for The Baltimore Sun, where he covered government, politics, and crime. He moved into sports writing when he joined The Washington Times in 1992. He moved to The Washington Examiner as a sports columnist in 2009 and returned to The Washington Times in 2013, where he is currently the lead sports columnist.

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Signing Adam Dunn was general manager Jim Bowden's last major move before resigning. ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Nationals opened for business at GM meetings 15 years ago

The Major League Baseball general managers meetings are a place where GMs gather, tell stories about each other, lay the groundwork for deals and take care of other business. It's where the Washington Nationals officially began operations 15 years ago. Published November 14, 2019

LOVERRO: Redskins, in rare moment of truth, hand the reins to rookie

No matter how wrong it may have been for Dan Snyder to overrule his football people and force the selection of Dwayne Haskins with the 15th pick, once the damage was done, they needed to see if the quarterback they invested so much in could play. Published November 12, 2019

Despite not having enough at bats to qualify for the batting title, Nationals infielder Howie Kendrick led the league in hitting with a .344 average. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

LOVERRO: No player was more valuable to Nationals than Kendrick

You could make the case that Kendrick, one of the Nationals postseason stars and the National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player, was an MVP candidate for the regular season as well, if we are to accept the meaning of the word "valuable." No Washington National may have been more valuable to this team this season than Kendrick. Published November 10, 2019

Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) takes the field for warms up before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

LOVERRO: Redskins missed lesson in Nationals' handling of Strasburg

There is no shortage of material to contrast the way the Nationals and the Redskins do business -- in case you missed the World Series trophy the Nationals held high during their celebration parade on Saturday -- but nothing illustrates the difference between the two organizations more starkly than the treatment of their two star players, Strasburg and Williams. Published November 5, 2019

In this Oct. 30, 1974 file photo, referee Zack Clayton, right, steps in after challenger Muhammad Ali looks on after knocking down defending heavyweight champion George Foreman in the eighth round of their championship bout in Kinshasa, Zaire. Ali regained the world heavyweight crown by knockout in the eighth round of the fight dubbed "Rumble in the Jungle." (AP Photo/File) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Now 45 years later, 'Rumble in the Jungle' still as great as it gets

So boys and girls, gather around, and let me tell you a story about one of the greatest sporting events of the 20th century that took place in the heart of Africa -- a battle between the greatest sports icon of the century and a fearsome opponent who would later become the greatest television pitch man of all time. That's a lot of great, I know. But the "Rumble in the Jungle" 45 years ago Wednesday -- Oct. 30, 1974 -- was as great as it gets. There has not been another like it since. Published October 29, 2019

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. throws against the Minnesota Vikings during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Haskins should study Book of RGIII for blueprint to future

Questions are swirling around the team's reluctance to put Haskins on the field. Typically, quarterbacks who are first-round picks are ready to at least try to compete on an NFL field, particularly those selected at No. 15. The Redskins appear afraid to put Haskins on the field. Published October 27, 2019

Washington Nationals' Adam Eaton scores on a double by Anthony Rendon during the first inning of Game 2 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) **FILE**

LOVERRO: Old-school 'putting-the-ball-in play' mantra part of Nationals' identity

Strikeouts have gone up every year for at least a decade, as players are being taught to try to drive the ball out of the park, even at the cost of striking out. They have been taught the risk is worth the reward, part of the analytics movement. Not in Washington, where the value of putting the ball in play is still paramount. The players believe it is part of this team's comeback identity. Published October 24, 2019

Washington Nationals' Juan Soto reacts after hitting a two-run scoring double during the fifth inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOVERRO: Soto thrives in the biggest moments on the biggest stage

Juan Soto continued to write his name in the 21st-century record book by driving in three runs Monday night and leading the Washington Nationals to a 5-4 Game 1 World Series win over the Astros before a silenced crowd of 43,339. Published October 23, 2019

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer warms up during batting practice for baseball's World Series Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Houston. The Houston Astros face the Washington Nationals in Game 1 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LOVERRO: Nationals see D.C.'s first World Series opener in 86 years

When the Nationals come back to host Games 3 and 4, and possibly Game 5, it will be something unprecedented that fans here will witness. No, the Capitals' Stanley Cup doesn't measure up. No, the Bullets 1978 NBA championship isn't comparable. Published October 21, 2019