Anyone who is up to date on Washington baseball knows that Ryan Zimmerman has a few nicknames: Mr. National, Zim, and the most impressive Mr. Walk-Off. The Mr. Walk-Off nickname comes from, of course, Zimmerman’s knack for hitting walk-offs. This impressive talent has allowed Zimmerman to join the company of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Stan Musial as one of the most prolific walk-off home run hitters for a single team of all time. He is also not far from tying Jim Thorne’s league record of walk-off home runs at 13. To some, this nickname sounds pompous, but it isn’t when you have the talent to back the nickname.
Jayson Werth is being inducted into the Ring of Honor on September 8th, when the Nationals will be holding Jayson Werth Night. Werth is a Nationals darling, and rightly so. From the very get-go, his signing was somewhat controversial as the Nationals offered him a 7-year, $126 million contract, making him one of the most highly paid baseball players in history. His first couple of years were crowded with low batting averages and injuries, but that quickly changed as he found his groove and made his mark with a walk-off home run in Game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.
Everyone is injured and dying. I can barely keep track of who we have on the bench. I don’t recognize most of the people currently in the bullpen. After about Doolittle, Kintzler, and Solis, I just look at the reliever trucking out to the mound with a face of confusion and go, “Huh?” The injuries are starting to get a little worrying.
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Well, here we go — the 2018 MLB season is upon us! The Washington Nationals are once again heavy favorites to win the NL East, as the rest of the division, while improved, is not ready for prime time. The Nationals are stacked—they boast one of the best lineups and rotations in the Majors. They have a very deep bench, and an underrated bullpen. Will the Nationals win a third consecutive division title? Will it matter in October? It begins…
The 2018 baseball season is around the corner, and this week, we got a preview of the on-field look for the Washington Nationals. This season has Nats fans attention specifically as the All-Star game will roll through town in July. Overall, not much changed from what 2017 brought us for the regular season, just one jersey addition and a fresh slate of holiday uniforms. Let’s take a look at what the Nats will wear this season.
In part two of “September Nationals History Lessons,” we revisit all twelve games that marked the end of a season in the Nationals history. Some were entirely forgettable, a few were exciting, and one has been nearly forgotten considering the circumstances from the night before. In total, the Nats are 3-9 in their final game of the year. (They’re 3-6 in seasons ending in the regular season.) Some interesting names took center stage in these games from across the last decade. As I said last week, this is nothing more than a fun exercise and change of pace from the postseason hot takes you are getting from every media source in the nation. Enjoy!
That’s clearly how Ryan Zimmerman felt about launch angle discussion back in mid-May. He made jokes, he made snarky comments, and after a while he just didn’t want to talk about it anymore. He kept saying over and over it wasn’t about the change in his launch angle, it was that he was finally healthy again. It was his health that had Zimmerman having a career year and a career resurgence with whispers that Comeback Player of the Year was his floor, and maybe MVP was his ceiling.
The Nationals already made one big deal as the trade deadline approaches, instantly upgrading the state of the bullpen. Mike Rizzo might not be done wheeling and dealing just yet, though. Rizzo is rumored to be on the lookout for another deal for even more bullpen arms. He could also be looking for a rental, veteran centerfielder for the remainder of the season to replace the injured Adam Eaton and the streaky and currently injured Michael A. Taylor. With Joe Ross succumbing to the Tommy John bug, rumors are he might look to the trade market for a new #5 starter. Hopefully those are just rumors, as that would be a waste of Rizzo’s time and the Nationals’ minor league assets.