The end of the Juan Soto era in D.C.? Hope and tension as teammates reflect on their quiet star
St. Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Juan Soto #22 of the Washington Nationals talks to teammates before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on July 30, 2022 in Washington, DC. As such, it's looking increasingly unlikely he'll ever play alongside Juan Soto again. He was thinking of the kids, and he still was a kid.”That was back when the Nationals were on top of the baseball world. “My hope for him is that he is able to recognize what he's really worth,” Doolittle says. The hope beyond that hope, though, is that he can find it — happiness, a fair deal — in D.C.wftv.com
Mad Bum gets opener for D-backs; Kluber is Yanks' No. 2
He was 2-1 with a 6.35 ERA in three spring starts, including allowing six earned runs against Cincinnati on Friday. Alec Bohm had two hits, including his fourth double. AdFreddie Freeman had two hits, including a double and his first homer — a two-run shot in the sixth. Victor Robles had three hits, including his sixth double, with an RBI, and Kyle Schwarber doubled and walked three times. Adalberto Mondesi singled and homered and Jorge Soler had two hits, including a double.
Nats GM Rizzo won't reveal length of Martinez's new contract
WASHINGTON – Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension. “We don’t talk about terms as far as years, length and salaries and that type of thing. How many years do you have?”Moments later, as the back-and-forth continued, Rizzo said: “It’s kind of an individual thing with certain people. The Nationals then beat the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals to reach the World Series, where they beat the Houston Astros in Game 7. Washington joined the 1914 Boston Braves as the only teams in major league history to win a World Series after being 12 games below .500 during a season.
Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats
FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. A year after winning the World Series thanks to a historic turnaround, the Nationals woke up Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, with a 23-33 record and no mathematical chance of returning to the playoffs. There was no opportunity for a sellout crowd to roar during the raising of a championship banner or to witness a World Series ring ceremony. Most notably, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg’s season lasted all of five innings before he was done because of a nerve issue in his throwing hand. The Nationals conclude their 60-game regular season with four games at home against the New York Mets, starting Thursday.
Strasburg hurt as Nationals beat Orioles 15-3 for 'split'
Strasburg threw only 16 pitches before leaving with hand issue in the first inning of Washington's 15-3 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Friday night. Martinez said Strasburg was feeling numbness in his thumb and that the sensation originated in the wrist. The Nationals withstood the injury to Strasburg after rebounding from a defeat that took five days to decide and weathering a lengthy rain delay. His first outing came against the Orioles in a game that was suspended Sunday at Nationals Park and completed Friday at Camden Yards with Baltimore winning 6-2. Orioles: Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 3.95) makes his sixth career appearance against the Nationals, still looking for his first win against them.
Yanks don't let Nats toot own horn, beat 2019 champions 3-2
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON Gleyber Torres helped the New York Yankees prevent the Washington Nationals from tooting their own horn. Torres had started 2020 by going 0 for 7 before delivering hits in three consecutive at-bats Sunday. But with one out in the seventh, Torres took Corbin deep on a first-pitch fastball to make it 2-1. Honestly, I really dont know what theyre planning on doing with that thing, Martinez said about the trumpet. On Monday, Washington RHP Anbal Snchez faces RHP Trent Thornton.
Yanks, Nats kneel in Black Lives Matter salute; Fauci's toss
The New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals kneel while holding a black ribbon to honor Black Lives Matter before playing an opening day baseball game at Nationals Park, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. before the start of the first inning of an opening day baseball game at Nationals Park, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. Players from both clubs wore T-shirts saying Black Lives Matter during batting practice, and the letters BLM were stenciled into the back of the mound at the center of the diamond. In a poignant reference to the racial reckoning happening in the U.S., players and other members of both teams held a long black ribbon while standing spaced out along the two foul lines. That followed a series of videos: about Black Lives Matter, showing major league players such as New Yorks Aaron Judge and Washingtons Howie Kendrick; about the Nationals postseason run; about the COVID-19 outbreak.
MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays
The steady stream of players testing positive and opting out is leading to a growing unease that the full season might not be played. Theres a ton of players out there quoted saying this, but it almost feels like youre waiting on bad news, right? Youre waiting for travel restrictions to be shut down across the nation. Youre waiting for a second wave, where things become unplayable and sports take a backseat. MLB said it addressed delays caused by the holiday weekend, doesnt expect them to continue and commended teams for canceling workouts.
Nationals cancel workout because of COVID-19 testing delay
WASHINGTON The defending World Series champion Nationals canceled their workout Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that general manager Mike Rizzo worried could endanger the baseball season. All players and staff were tested Friday, and Rizzo said the team still hasn't received those results. We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families. Two Nationals players who took part in in-take testing last week tested positive. Martinez said some of the 60 players tested were still awaiting results.
King Flix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fence
The decision came a day after Snitker announced that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two other Atlanta players tested positive for the virus. Reliever Brett Martin tested positive on intake and allowed the Rangers to disclose that Friday. Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said outfielder Socrates Brito and pitcher Blake Cederlind tested positive for the coronavirus and allowed their names to be released. Seven players have tested positive, including the players who forced the shutdown of the teams spring training complex a few weeks ago. The Chicago White Sox said two players tested positive and are asymptomatic.
Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend
WASHINGTON The Nationals changed course and told their minor leaguers on Monday they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 at least through June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the teams major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments. Thank you!Its not unusual for big league teams to release minor leaguers at this time of year, although not normally this many. More than 400 young players have been cut with the minor league season in doubt amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week through Sunday by a policy drafted by MLB. Minor leaguers are an essential part of our organization and they are bearing the heaviest burden of this situation as their season is likely to be cancelled.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
MLB wants to restart the season in July, but it has to persuade players it's safe first
But the big issue is that owners are reportedly seeking a 50-50 revenue-sharing plan, which ties player compensation to league profits. The MLB isn't expecting the players union to accept any recommendation immediately. Multiple people familiar with the discussion said the league gave a presentation to the Major League Baseball Players Association, or MLBPA, on Tuesday. The parties did briefly discuss economics of resuming operations, but the MLB did not submit a formal proposal that's been in the works. The last time MLB owners attempted to install a revenue-sharing system or a salary cap it led to the 1994 strike, which lasted more than seven months.cnbc.com
Nats catcher Kurt Suzuki claims the Astros were still cheating in the 2019 World Series, report says
Kurt Suzuki #28 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Washington Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki said this week there's "no question" the Astros cheated in the 2019 World Series, despite claims that the team stopped its sign-stealing scheme after the 2018 season, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The Astros held a news conference on Thursday to address the illegal sign-stealing scheme, but Houston Astros owner Jim Crane claimed that his team's cheating "didn't impact the game," the Post reported. Suzuki told Washington Post's Thomas Boswell. "I kept thinking 'We have to go to the field and work early on our signs in the World Series just to stop their cheating.'cnbc.com
Trump welcomes World Series champs Washington Nationals
(CNN) - President Donald Trump welcomed the newest Major League Baseball World Series champs, the Washington Nationals, to a celebration at the White House Monday afternoon. "For the first time in nearly 100 years, our nation's capital is celebrating a World Series victory," Trump said during a celebration from the South Portico of the White House. "The last time Washington, DC, was home to the World Series champs the president was a man named Calvin Coolidge." A few Nationals players were absent from the celebration, according to a list of anticipated attendees provided by the White House. The President attended Game 5 of the World Series alongside several Republican members of Congress in Washington.
Trump hosts World Series champions Washington Nationals to White House
Washington President Trump hosted the Washington Nationals and a crowd of several thousand on Monday afternoon at the White House to celebrate the team's World Series championship, the first ever for the capital-based franchise. "We love you all," Mr. Trump welcomed the Nationals by saying, "Throughout this season, the Nationals captured the hearts of baseball fans across the region and across the country. President Trump holds up a Washington Nationals jersey given to him by Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. ReutersCatcher Eric Suzuki donned a MAGA hat, to the president's great delight, and Mr. Trump gave him a big hug. When Mr. Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, he was met with boos and chants of "lock him up."cbsnews.com
Watch: President Trump welcomes World Series champion Washington Nationals to the White House
Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] President Donald Trump is scheduled to welcome 2019 World Series champions the Washington Nationals to the White House Monday. The Nationals defeated the Houston Astros 4-3 in a best-of-seven series last week to earn their first World Series championship. Trump was met with a mix of boos, taunts and cheers when he attended Game 5 of the series in Washington D.C.Not every player will attend the White House ceremony. Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle has said he is opting out.cnbc.com
WaPo: Nationals pitcher declines White House visit
(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)(CNN) - Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle has declined to visit the White House Monday for a ceremony honoring his team's historic World Series win, citing President Donald Trump's rhetoric as the reason he won't attend the celebration. "People say you should go because it's about respecting the office of the president," Doolittle told the Post. Doolittle, who spoke out at the time condemning the Charlottesville rally, told the Post that Trump's rhetoric has enabled and empowered racism and white supremacy. CNN has reached out to the Washington Nationals for comment. The Nationals beat the Houston Astros in Game 7 on Wednesday, earning the franchise's first World Series title.
"I just can't do it": Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle declines White House invitation
The Washington Nationals will head to the White House Monday to meet with President Trump following the team's historic World Series victory. The 2019 World Series Champion Washington @Nationals will be visiting the White House on Monday! pic.twitter.com/4Ri6pwDv7z The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 1, 2019The Nationals earned their first-ever World Series title after beating the Houston Astros Wednesday night. The White House continued its long-standing tradition, extending a formal invite for the team to meet with the president on Monday. "People say you should go because it's about respecting the office of the president," Doolittle said.cbsnews.com