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9 Banjo Hitter: Winter of Their Discontent by Aaron Gleeman
0 Transaction Analysis: Nats Pay for the Pitcher, Not the Velo by Bryan Grosnick, Christopher Crawford and J.P. Breen
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0 What You Need to Know: Ambition Can Lead Only To Failure by Nicolas Stellini
0 What You Need to Know: All He Does Is Win, Win, Win by Ashley Varela
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The thesis, antithesis and synthesis for what's fun about baseball in the Papa Slam era.
As spring sets in, and the soft breeze cools us during a pleasant evening turning into night, our biological clocks click in unison and we all know what time it is: It’s the time when Fun In Baseball becomes A Thing again.
Inexorably, like the salmon returning to spawn, the baseball writers of America and the young fans of the game stop whatever they’re doing to examine player actions and determine what’s so fun about watching a baseball game anyway. Is the Papa Slam fun? Is
fun? Is this fun? Dellin Betances
Read the full article... The Miley cannot hold, mere anarchy is loosed upon the Mariners. Meanwhile, Vince Velasquez allows runs, while Mat Latos postpones the inevitable for one more start.
The Tuesday Takeaway
Entering Tuesday’s game against Cleveland, had yet to allow a walk this season. Entering the fourth inning, this was still true. Then that changed in pretty dramatic fashion. Wade Miley
With the Mariners down 1-0 courtesy of a Mike Napoli double in the third, Miley opened up the fourth by striking out RBI . Of his 48 pitches at that point, 37 had been strikes, with both his four-seamer and his changeup looking fairly solid. But things started going downhill for Seattle’s lefty shortly after that. It started with a Yan Gomes single. Then away went the fastball command and in came the walks. Marlon Byrd Read the full article... Jake Arrieta turns out another showstopper, the Braves and Twins finally beat their bad karma, and Felix Hernandez keeps company with Randy Johnson.
The Weekend Takeaway
Most baseball fans can probably remember the last time their team’s ace had a bad day on the mound. For Giants fans, it could be the day when served up three home runs to the Dodgers, all while receiving zero runs of support in return. For Diamondbacks fans, perhaps it was the time Madison Bumgarner scattered seven earned runs over four innings in his 2016 season debut. For Cubs fans, however, pinpointing the exact date that Zack Greinke failed to execute a pristine performance is a bit trickier. Jake Arrieta
Read the full article... The players we were collectively most confident about.
Everything is gone. Just gone. There were no survivors. Here. There. Nobody knew who started it.
Read the full article... A roundup of last-spring roster shuffling, starring all your favorites: Nate Freiman, Dan Straily, Erik Kratz, and more!
Acquired 1B-R from the Braves for 1B/OF-R Nate Freiman [3/29] Tyler Moore Read the full article... The instant classics of the 2010s.
We are now on the eve of the seventh baseball season of this, the second decade of baseball’s third century. If baseball were a trashy fantasy novel, this would be the year in which the miller’s/weaver’s/craftsman’s son, after seven years of blissful ignorance about his true identity as the Emperor of the Dwarves/King of the Mystic Realm/Grand Poobah of the Pyrenees, would be awoken to his fateful quest by some wizened old man hobbling up the hill to his house.
Read the full article... Bronson Arroyo's comeback is sidelined by another injury, Andrew McCutchen gets a new spot in the lineup, and a rumor that the Rangers might dispel some rumors.
Bronson Arroyo sustains torn rotator cuff, but probably won’t retire because of it
First, it was shoulder soreness. Then, a career-ending torn labrum. Then, a significant tear in the rotator cuff. Then, bursa sac inflammation. Then, partial tears and inflammation of the rotator cuff. Just exactly what is going on with ’s shoulder—and his career? Bronson Arroyo
Read the full article... Does Davey Lopes bring a magic stopwatch with him to Washington?
The game’s great pitching coaches are, by now, famous names. Not every team has one, but there are at least half a dozen men who—it is said—can turn a dead-armed 29-year-old into an elite closer or mid-rotation starter with the snap of a finger.
Less so on the offensive end of the game, with one exception:
. After a 16-year major-league career, various coaching stints and a run as manager of the Davey Lopes , Lopes captured the national baseball imagination as the first base coach of the Milwaukee Brewers , directing the most efficient basestealing team ever. Philadelphia Phillies Read the full article... No, really: The Nationals can't afford to waste this.
Few big-league teams were as putrid as the in 2008 and 2009. The Nats lost a combined a 205 games, christening a new stadium and the rebirth of baseball in Washington with consecutive last place finishes. Washington Nationals drew an opening day start. Odalis Perez was allowed to bat 350 times. The club had to hire a Special Assistant of Player Concerns just to Anderson Hernandez keep their right fielder out of jail. Bleak times.
Read the full article... Unfortunately, his pitches are given to fly.
officially off the board, the offseason rumor mill is on its last legs. The spring training position battle and intriguing-opt-out time of year is only just beginning. Here are two situations in that vein that could be worth monitoring in the coming weeks… Ian Desmond
Pending Nats fifth-starter competition, Bronson Arroyo could be a late-March rotation option
There were plenty of teams in greater need of rotation depth than the Nationals when was deciding where to sign in late January. A host of those clubs Bronson Arroyo phoned to express interest in the veteran righty, who’s now a year-and-a-half removed from the surgery that made his old contract with the Diamondbacks a sunk cost. In the end, Arroyo chose comfort over depth-chart security, preferring the familiarity of working with manager Tommy John over a greater chance of locking up a rotation job—albeit with an opt-out to let him pursue the latter elsewhere. Dusty Baker Read the full article...
February 24, 2016 6:00 am
Michael Taylor could be the league's most important fourth outfielder, while Robbie Ray ain't guaranteed nothin' yet.
Nationals will spread the wealth when it comes to outfield playing time
When left in free agency, the Nationals appeared poised to install the homegrown Denard Span as their new primary center fielder, stomaching a boatload of strikeouts to enjoy his excellent defense and electric power/speed profile. Then, in early January, general manager Michael Taylor acquired Mike Rizzo from the Blue Jays, bumping Taylor back into the fourth-outfielder role he served in last year. Ben Revere
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February 18, 2016 6:00 am
How PECOTA sees the historical free agency class of 2018-2019 changing.
A little over two months ago, with the current Hot Stove still more or less at its hottest, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports cast his eyes beyond it, three years into the future. What has been dubbed the SuperClass of 2018 caught Passan’s attention, and clearly, that of several team executives across the league.
The resulting article named no fewer than 40 players of note who could reach free agency 32 months from now, and Passan posited that it could be a seismic event for baseball, from a competitive perspective, a financial perspective, a labor perspective, and a global-interest perspective.
As far as that goes, Passan is right. The sheer star power of a class headed by
, Bryce Harper , Manny Machado , Clayton Kershaw , Andrew McCutchen , Jason Heyward , and Jose Fernandez could outshine all previous free-agent classes, even the bountiful one that is just winding down. Passan talked about the likelihood that the prospective class could affect teams’ strategies over all of the winters between now and then, including this one, and about how it might change the priorities we see each side pursue in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement later this year. He’s (mostly, anyway) right about that, too. Matt Harvey Read the full article...