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Nationals Invite Biden To Throw Out First Pitch On Opening Day

Nov 9, 2020 7:13 AM

The Washington Nationals have invited President-elect Joe Biden to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day next season.

Washington is scheduled to host the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 1.

"We're excited to continue the long-standing tradition of sitting Presidents throwing out the first pitch at the home of the national pastime in our nation's capital," the club posted on Twitter over the weekend.

Biden last threw the first pitch as vice president in 2009 when the Baltimore Orioles hosted the New York Yankees on Opening Day at Camden Yards.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Nationals Decline Options On Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick

Oct 29, 2020 8:18 AM

The Washington Nationals have declined options for 2021 on a number of notable players.

They declined club options on Adam Eaton and Anibal Sanchez. They also passed on their side of mutual options on Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames.

Eaton's option was worth $10.5 million, and the Nationals will pay him a $1.5 million buyout. Sanchez's option was worth $12 million and he will receive a $2 million buyout.

Kendrick will receive a $2.25 million buyout after his $6.5 million mutual option was declined, while Thames will receive $1 million following the declining of his $4 million mutual option.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Nationals Re-Sign Josh Harrison To One-Year Deal

Oct 23, 2020 8:24 AM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1 million deal with Josh Harrison.

Harrison spent the 2020 season with the club after signing in July. He hit .278 with two doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs, six walks and 11 runs scored in his age-33 season.

He can make an additional $250,000 in performance bonuses as part of the deal: $50,000 for 200 plate appearances and additional increments of $50,000 up to 400.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Signing

Nationals Give GM Mike Rizzo Three-Year Extension

Sep 6, 2020 1:10 AM

The Washington Nationals have given a three-year contract extension to president and general manager Mike Rizzo, the team announced Saturday.

Rizzo's contract was set to expire at the end of this season.

"We are thrilled that Mike will continue to lead our club," Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner said in a statement. "He guided us through the early years of building this franchise into what it is today -- a perennial contender that brought a World Series championship home to Washington, D.C., last season.

"I look forward to continuing our strong working relationship for years to come."


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Stephen Strasburg Needs Season-Ending Surgery

Aug 24, 2020 8:53 AM

The Washington Nationals will be without Stephen Strasburg for the remainder of the season.

Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis and will undergo season-ending surgery.

The right-hander has been limited to two starts because of the nerve issue. He has a 10.80 ERA in just five innings pitched.

Mark Zuckerman/MASN Sports

Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury

Luis Garcia Becomes First Player Born In 2000s To Homer

Aug 18, 2020 8:56 AM

Washington Nationals prospect Luis Garcia made history when he homered against the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Garcia, who was born on May 16, 2000, is the first player in Major League history born in the 2000s to go deep.

"I feel good," García said, who is ranked was Washington's No. 2 prospect. "I feel great to be here. I want to be here for a long time, and now I'm so excited, so happy to be here and be a good teammate."

Jessica Camerato/MLB

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Stephen Strasburg Ejected For Arguing From Stands

Aug 14, 2020 8:37 AM

Stephen Strasburg was ejected during Thursday's Washington Nationals-New York Mets game for arguing from the stands at Citi Field.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 so that he could socially distance. He wasn't pitching as he's scheduled to start on Friday.

He was unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth's 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Someone was heard yelling: "You're [expletive] brutal" shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

Associated Press

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Max Scherzer Leaves Start With Tweaked Right Hamstring

Aug 6, 2020 1:13 PM

Max Scherzer left his tart on Wednesday after one inning due to a tweaked right hamstring.

"The best decision was just to get out of the game," said Scherzer.

Scherzer revealed afterward that he felt something wrong with the hamstring before his previous start six days earlier against Toronto.


Tags: Washington Nationals, Injury

Trea Turner: Nationals' 1-4 Start 'Magnified'

Jul 29, 2020 8:50 AM

The Washington Nationals have opened the season 1-4, which Trea Turner says is troubling during Major League Baseball's 60-game season.

The Nationals have lost three in a row and are missing Juan Soto, who tested positive for COVID-19 on the morning of Opening Day.

"In a longer season, you get time to feel these things out," Turner said. "Now it's definitely magnified."

Washington started last season 19-31 before flipping the switch and eventually winning the World Series.


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Nationals Sign Josh Harrison To One-Year Deal

Jul 28, 2020 8:13 AM

The Washington Nationals have signed Josh Harrison to a one-year contract for the 2020 season.

Harrison was released by the Philadelphia Phillies last week. He requested his release.

The 33-year-old has started games at second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots during his nine years in the majors.

"The only positions that I haven't played are catcher and first -- I've even got a third of an inning on the mound," he said.

Associated Press

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Yankees/Nationals Has Highest Ever Rating For Opening Night


Juan Soto Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Jesse Dougherty/The Athletic

Anthony Fauci To Throw Out First Pitch For Nationals


Nationals Remain Unsure Where They'll Play Home Games

The Washington Post

Juan Soto Isolating Away From Nationals

Jesse Dougherty/Washington Post

Several Clubs Announce Positive COVID-19 Tests


Ryan Zimmerman Unsure If He'll Play In 2020 Season

Associated Press

Nationals To Host Yankees On Opening Day


Nationals Reverse Course, Restore Minor League Pay


Max Scherzer: 'No Reason To Engage' MLB About Pay Reductions

Gabriel Fernandez/CBS Sports

Nationals To Unveil World Series Rings On Sunday


Mike Rizzo Optimistic MLB Will Play 2020 Season

Associated Press

Nationals Won't Raise World Series Banner Until Fans Can Attend Games

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Nationals Staffer Tested Positive For COVID-19

Associated Press

Nationals' Spring Facility Converted Into Testing Site

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Nationals Release Hunter Strickland


Max Scherzer Welcoming Adversity This Spring

Jessica Camerato/MLB

Nationals, Ryan Zimmerman Agree To One-Year Deal


Nationals Prospect Fausto Segura Dead At 23

Associated Press

Nationals Add Eric Thames On One-Year, $4M Deal

Jeff Passan/ESPN