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Phil Nevin Receiving Interest From Nationals, Marlins

Oct 8, 2015 3:37 PM

Phil Nevin has received interest from the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins for their managerial vacancies.

Nevin has been manager of the Reno Aces, AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, since the 2014 season.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Dusty Baker, Ron Gardenhire Interested In Nationals' Job

Oct 7, 2015 1:28 PM

Dusty Baker and Ron Gardenhire are interested in the Washington Nationals' managerial vacancy.

Gardenhire is said to be rejuvenated after a year away from the job.

Steve Adams/MLBTradeRumors

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Nationals Likely To Pick Manager With Previous Experience

Oct 6, 2015 2:24 PM

The Washington Nationals will likely target a manager with previous experience to replace Matt Williams.

Bud Black would be a logical choice, though Cal Ripken's name has come up as well.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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Nationals Fire Matt Williams

Oct 5, 2015 12:25 PM

Matt Williams has been fired as manager of the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals entered the season as a World Series favorite, but had an 83-79 record and finished seven games behind the New York Mets.

"We had some things that went sideways and we had a whole bunch of injuries, and not much you can do about that except adjust and move on," Williams said Sunday after a season-ending 1-0 loss to the Mets. "We're all disappointed in the outcome. ... It all ends very abruptly."

Williams guided the Nationals to the East division title with an NL-best 96-66 record in 2014.

Williams was signed through the 2016 season.


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Bryce Harper Sets Franchise Mark With 124th Walk

Sep 30, 2015 7:48 AM

Bryce Harper set a franchise record Tuesday with his 124th walk of the season, breaking a mark set in 1973 by Ken Singleton.

Harper also has set career highs in his fourth season with 41 home runs and 117 runs scored.

Singleton set the mark in his third MLB season with the Montreal Expos, a season in which he played in all 162 games.


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Papelbon Jerseys Removed From Nationals Team Store

Sep 29, 2015 6:45 AM

The Washington Nationals suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games following his dugout confrontation with Bryce Harper earlier this week.

However, that wasn't the organization's only move in the wake of the incident.

A number of fans snapped pictures at one of Washington's team stores. At some point on Monday, Papelbon's jerseys were removed from retail displays.

Whitney Medworth/SB Nation

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Nationals Suspend Papelbon Four Games For Harper Incident

Sep 28, 2015 5:09 PM

The Washington Nationals have suspended Jonathan Papelbon for four games without pay for his role in a dugout incident during which he choked teammate Bryce Harper.

The team suspension will kick in on Thursday after Papelbon first serves a three-game suspension that was levied by Major League Baseball.

Papelbon had been appealing the league's suspension, which stemmed from him throwing up and in at Manny Machado, but he has since dropped the appeal.

"The behavior exhibited by Papelbon yesterday is not acceptable," Mike Rizzo said in a statement. "That is not at all in line with the way our players are expected to conduct themselves and the Nationals organization will not tolerate it in any way."

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Bryce Harper, Jonathan Papelbon Get Into Physical Fight In Dugout

Sep 27, 2015 7:35 PM

Bryce Harper and Jonathan Papelbon had a physical altercation during Sunday's game.

After Harper flied out in the eighth inning Sunday, he and Papelbon exchanged words.

Papelbon then reached for Harper's throat with his left hand and shoved the outfielder back toward the bench with both arms. Teammates then pulled the pair apart.

Papelbon said after the game he and Harper had talked things out.

"It's squashed and it's good, we've moved on," Papelbon said.

"I grew up with brothers, he grew up with brothers, I view him as a brother," Papelbon said. "And sometimes in this game, there's a lot of testosterone and things spill over."

"He apologized, so whatever," Harper said. "I really don't care. ... It's like brothers fighting. That's what happens."


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Papelbon Gets Three-Game Suspension For Throwing At Machado

Sep 25, 2015 4:28 PM

Jonathan Papelbon has been suspended three games and fined by Major League Baseball for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado earlier this week.

After Machado had hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning of Wednesday's game between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals, Papelbon's first pitch to Machado in the ninth inning was up and in. Then his third pitch was a fastball that him the third baseman on his upper arm.

Papelbon will begin the suspension Friday night unless he files an appeal.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Suspension

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Fister Took Bullpen Assignment In Stride, Wants To Start Again

Sep 25, 2015 7:42 AM

Doug Fister began the season as a starter, but the Washington Nationals moved him to the bullpen when they decided to move Joe Ross into the rotation.

Fister also dealt with forearm tightness and was taken off the disabled list on June 18th.

"Right about the time I went into the bullpen, I was starting to figure things out, getting healthy. Obviously, being in the bullpen has allowed me to have the time to figure things out," Fister said. "The last few outings, I have been getting into that groove of who I am, what I do and how I do it, whether it's mechanical or the mental side of the game. I had a lot of time to think and reassess where I am."

The 25-year-old hasn't thought much about free agency, but he does want to start again.

"I haven't really looked at it. As of right now, I'm still in this uniform," Fister said. "I'm a pitcher on this team. … I' haven't really looked into [free agency]. Someday, I would like to be a starter again, whether it's here or somewhere else. How many days we have here? I will wear this uniform proudly and continue to do so."

Bill Ladson/MLB

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Nationals Could Target Gerardo Parra In Free Agency
The Nationals have a number of holes to fill this offseason and pending free agent Gerardo Parra could be one of their targets.

James Wagner/Washington Post

Harper's Monster Season May Force Nationals To Offer Lifetime Contract
Bryce Harper's monster season won't likely be enough to lift the underachieving Nationals into the playoffs, but it carries major implications nonetheless.

Thomas Boswell/Washington Post

Headed For Free Agency, Denard Span Switches To Boras Corporation
Denard Span is switching representation and will become a client of the Boras Corporation.

Barry Svrluga/Washington Post

Bryce Harper Issues Support For Matt Williams
Bryce Harper has issued support for Matt Williams amid rumblings that he could lose his job as manager of the Nationals.


Nationals, Rangers Discussed Stephen Strasburg
The talks never got close to an agreement, according to Major League sources.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Jonathan Papelbon Questions Phillies' Desire To Win
Jonathan Papelbon returned to Citizens Bank Park with the Nationals on Monday and took some shots at the Phillies, who traded him earlier this summer.

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

Drew Storen Will Likely Miss The Rest Of The Season
Nationals right-hander Drew Storen broke his right thumb slamming the lock box in his locker on Wednesday.


Bryce Harper Leaves Game After Collision
Nats star outfielder Bryce Harper passed all of the post-game concussion tests.


Bryce Harper Calls Out Fans For Leaving Early
"They left in the seventh, so you know, that's pretty brutal," Bryce Harper said.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Nats Feel They Made The Right Call With Strasburg
The Nationals decided to shut Stephen Strasburg down in 2012, and owner Max Lerner says they "did what's right."


Bryce Harper Sees 20 Pitches, Doesn't Swing A Single Time
Bryce Harper scored four runs for the Nationals on Thursday without recording an official at-bat.


Denard Span Returns To DL With Hip Inflammation
Denard Span had just returned to the Nationals after missing 40 games with back spasms.


Nats Plan To Activate Denard Span From DL
Denard Span has been out since July 7 because of back spasms.


Trea Turner Promoted By Nationals
The move is an interesting one with Washington hoping to remain in the playoff picture and having a possible hole at shortstop in 2016 with Ian Desmond set to become a free agent.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Ripken Says He Had 'Serious Discussions' About Managing Nationals
Cal Ripken, Jr. says he had "serious discussions" about becoming the next manager of the Nationals when the position was open in 2013.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Matt Williams' Job Doesn't Appear To Be In Trouble
The Nationals have vastly disappointed after entering the season with lofty expectations, but Matt Williams isn't currently on the hot seat.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mariano Rivera III Benefiting From Move To Bullpen
Mariano Rivera III was mostly a starter during his college career, but has taken to late-inning work.

Mike Rosenbaum/MLB

Nationals, Tony Campana Agree To Minor League Deal
Tony Campana signed a Minor League deal with the White Sox this past offseason but suffered a partially torn ACL in February.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Nationals Sending Doug Fister To Bullpen
Washington will use Doug Fister as their long reliever, while keeping roster Joe Ross in the starting rotation.

Bill Ladson/MLB

Drew Storen Seemingly Unhappy With Papelbon Trade
The Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon on Tuesday, something that didn't seem to sit well with incumbent closer Drew Storen.

Bill Ladson/MLB

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