Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals' spark Gerardo Parra signs with Japan's Yomiuri Giants; Goodbye, Parra Shark...
The Parra Shark is going to be big in Japan. So much for "getting the band back together" or at least completely back together.Parra, 32, joined the Washington Nationals late last May, after the veteran outfielder was released by the San Francisco Giants.
Parra provided a spark for the 2019 World Series winners, putting up a .250/.300/.447 line with 11 doubles and eight home runs in 89 games and 204 plate appearances for the Nats, but it was in the clubhouse and dugout that the 11-year veteran really made an impact.
Washington Times: Gerardo Parra, source of Nationals' 'Baby Shark' fever, signs with Japanese team
Gerardo Parra is taking "Baby Shark" on an international tour.The Yomiuri Giants, a Nippon Professional Baseball team based in Tokyo, announced that they signed Parra, ending the Venezuelan outfielder's brief but unforgettable stay with the Washington Nationals.
Parra joined the Nationals in early May of 2019 after being waived by the San Francisco Giants. He was widely credited by his teammates and manager Dave Martinez for injecting a more fun and carefree attitude to the clubhouse culture while the Nationals were coping with a dismal 19-31 start.
A few weeks after arriving in Washington, Parra wanted to change his walk-up music.
Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals' Davey Martinez and Ryan Zimmerman talk Nats' Hitting Coach Kevin Long
Washington Nationals' Hitting Coach Kevin Long, who's expected to be back for a third year on the bench in the nation's capital in 2020, has now been a part of three clubs that went a long way in October.Before Game 7 of the World Series last month, Nats' skipper Davey Martinez was asked what kind of asset the veteran coach has been since he was hired as part of his staff, and how the one-time New York Yankees and New York Mets' hitting coach has been able to work with an assortment of players, young and old, to get the most out of the Nationals' hitters.
Washington Times: Bernie Sanders backs Sean Doolittle over MLB minor leagues contraction
When the Nationals visited the White House earlier this month, Donald Trump made no mention of Sean Doolittle after the closer announced he'd be skipping the celebration over the president's rhetoric. But on Tuesday, Doolittle earned a shoutout from another political figure.Presidential candidate and democratic senator Bernie Sanders quote-tweeted Doolittle, agreeing with the 33-year-old that Major League Baseball shouldn't shutter more than 25% of its minor-league affiliates.
According to multiple reports, MLB is considering contracting 42 of its 160 minor-league teams -- including two of the Nationals' affiliates, the Class-A Hagerstown Suns and the Short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays -- by 2021, the first season after the league's Profession Baseball Agreement (PBA) expires.
Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals Rumors: Mike Rizzo on roster building; tough decisions for Nats this winter...
Given an opportunity to say anything they wanted to by Adam Eaton during the Nationals' World Series celebration in Washington, D.C. earlier this month, when Eaton decided that he'd "go live" and open up the "hotline" for his fellow players to share their thoughts, Trea Turner took a moment to campaign for the return of one of his teammates."So this is the hotline, correct?" Turner asked Eaton at the podium as the post-parade rally wrapped up.
"You can say whatever you want, it's great," Eaton said.
"Can we bring back Anthony Rendon?
Washington Times: Derek Jeter, Orioles great Brian Roberts among first-timers on Hall of Fame ballot
There's one lock for the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Class of 2020, and he got one step closer to his inevitable day in Cooperstown on Monday.New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is on the Hall of Fame ballot for the first time, and it's widely assumed that he will headline the next class.
Jeter is one of 18 first-timers on the ballot. He's joined by Brian Roberts, who spent 13 of his 14 major league seasons playing second base for the Baltimore Orioles.
Roberts batted .276 for his career, stole 285 bases and recorded 542 RBI.
Federal Baseball: Could the Washington Nationals trade for Mookie Betts? It might not be as far-fetched as it seems
Even though the Washington Nationals will enter the 2020 season as defending World Series champions, they have a lot of work to do on their roster this offseason.For the second-straight winter, they face the proposition of one of their key bats hitting free agency in Anthony Rendon. Though the Nationals would love to bring him back, it's never that simple with free agents, let alone ones with Scott Boras as their agent.
If Rendon departs, the Nats would need to find another fearsome bat from somewhere or risk having a lineup that won't have enough firepower to get back into the playoffs in 2020.
Federal Baseball: Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' shortstop Trea Turner has surgery on right index finger; Nats' affiliate gets new logo + more...
Trea Turner got his finger fixed. The FredNats got a new logo. It was a big news days! As far as the winter goes at least. When will Mike Rizzo and Co. in the Nationals' front office strike first?Last year at this point, Washington had already signed reliever Trevor Rosenthal (remember him) and the Nats were days away from signing Kurt Suzuki and trading for Yan Gomes.
What will Rizzo do this time around? There are a number of areas that need to be addressed in the coming weeks, but one thing we know, the Nationals will have a 10-fingered shortstop with 10 functional fingers in 2020.
Federal Baseball: Wire Taps: Washington Nationals' Sean Doolittle on sign stealing; Nats' 2020 uniforms? MASN update + more...
The whole offseason progression we're used to is significantly sped up when the team you are following/covering makes it all the way to (and wins) the World Series. For example, it's only been a couple weeks since the Washington Nationals won it all, and it's already at that point where the articles start to dry up and the reality of a winter without baseball starts to set in. Going forward (as we did today), we'll collect everything we can in your morning link post. There are some Scott Boras quotes, some Nationals uniform news, Sean Doolittle on sign stealing, and even a MASN update today.
Federal Baseball: Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon finishes 3rd in NL MVP voting; tells MLB Network host to focus on positives...
Whatever you do, don't start a question about Anthony Rendon's big 2019 campaign with a note about the Washington Nationals' 19-31 start, when they ended up taking the gall dang World Series!MLB Network host (and former major leaguer) Harold Reynolds learned that lesson the hard way last night as they handed out the awards for the American and National League's Most Valuable Players.
Reynolds mentioned the Nationals' record over the first 50 games while talking to the 29-year-old free agent third baseman, who ended up a finalist for the NL MVP after setting a number of career marks in his seventh big league campaign.
Federal Baseball: Looking back on our preseason predictions for the Washington Nationals
It still doesn't quite feel like it's only been 16 days since the Washington Nationals won the World Series.The confetti has settled, the trophy has been lifted, Calma and Baby Shark have been played numerous times, so it's finally time to reflect on the great season that has just concluded.
This includes looking back on some of the predictions that we made before a pitch was thrown.
On Opening Day, as has become customary among baseball writers these days, we released our preseason predictions. You can find the original post here from March 28th if you want to make sure that we didn't change any of them below.
Official Site of the Nationals: Harper moves to leadoff spot against Pirates
When the Pirates and Nationals began their three-game series in Washington on Monday, one of them was in a fight for first place. The other had just a few wins more than the last-place team in their division.It's unlikely many could have predicted it would be the Bucs with the winning record. They're within striking distance of the first-place Cubs, while the Nats are three games under .500, with only two fewer losses than the rebuilding Marlins.
ATLANTA -- Mike Soroka will make his much-anticipated Major League debut when he starts tonight's game against the Mets at Citi Field.
Washington Times: Strasburg, Rendon reject Nationals' qualifying offers
Free agents Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon rejected their $17.8 million qualifying offers from the Washington Nationals.Thursday was the deadline for players to accept qualifying offers. Others rejecting qualifying offers included Astros ace starter Gerrit Cole, Braves third baseman Josh Donaldson and Cardinals outfielder Marcell Ozuna.
This means that the Nationals will be awarded a compensatory draft pick should Strasburg or Rendon sign with another team in free agency.
The seven players who will reject qualifying offers, sources tell ESPN, and have draft-pick and perhaps international-bonus compensation tied to their free agency: Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler, Madison Bumgarner, Josh Donaldson and Marcell Ozuna.
Washington Times: Cody Bellinger named NL MVP, Anthony Rendon finishes third in close race
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger won the National League MVP award Thursday, beating out Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who finished third in voting.Bellinger earned 19 of 30 first-place votes and 362 total votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich placed second at 317 votes, and Rendon earned 242, including one first-place and one second-place vote.
The Nationals' star posted the best season of his career. Rendon led the NL in RBI with 126, tied for the lead in doubles with 44 and led in batting average until the last week of the season, finishing third at .
Federal Baseball: Wire Taps: Washington Nationals talk to Scott Boras at GM Meetings; Max Scherzer finishes third in Cy Young race + more...
Scott Boras held court at the GM Meetings yesterday, and the Washington Nationals met with the super-agent behind the scenes to talk Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, so... what's next for the Nats as they try to build their roster for the defense of their World Series crown? While we wait to find out, Go read your links:Scherzer Finishes 3rd in Cy Young voting:
Max Scherzer third in Cy Young - (Washington Times)
"Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets won his second straight National League Cy Young Award Wednesday night, with two Washington Nationals aces not far behind.
Koda Glover (Elbow) 60-day IL
Andrew Stevenson (Back) 10-day IL (05/07)
Austen Williams (Undisclosed) 60-day IL (04/20)