Dec 7, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals say they were aware of Jonathan Papelbon’s grievance against the club the day after they suspended him in late September and insist it doesn’t change their plans for the controversial closer. “That’s business. It’s not personal,” general manager Mike Rizzo said Monday at the Winter Meetings, adding: “It was something we’ve…
Dec 6, 2015, 11:31 PM EDT
NASHVILLE — The Nationals’ already unenviable dilemma with Jonathan Papelbon appears to have become even more complicated after a report Sunday night that the controversial closer has filed a grievance against the organization over his unpaid suspension at season’s end. Citing multiple major league sources, Boston radio station website WEEI.com reported the former Red Sox…
Dec 4, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Scroll through the Nationals’ 2015 pitching register and then answer this question: Which relievers on that list are locks to make the 2016 Opening Day roster? Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen might return, but both right-handers are going to be the subject of plenty of trade speculation over the next several weeks after seeing their…
Nov 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter meetings still over a week away, baseball has been put on the backburner for many in this town. But not for Tim Murray and I, who are going to be doing our podcast ‘Baseball in the District’ on a weekly basis now. We got back…
Nov 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There’s no question about the Nationals’ most-pressing need this winter: bullpen help. And there’s no question about the best-available reliever on the free-agent market: Darren O’Day. So it shouldn’t come as much surprise that the Nationals have significant interest in O’Day. (ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick went so far Sunday as to say the Nats have joined…
Nov 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
There may be no more complex question facing the Nationals this winter than this: What do they do with Jonathan Papelbon? Mike Rizzo acquired the veteran closer at the trade deadline not only because the general manager thought he could help his team down the stretch but because he was signed for another season. The…
Nov 8, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT
Whether there was purpose behind it or not, Dusty Baker shared a pretty interesting anecdote during his introductory news conference Thursday. Asked about Bryce Harper, the newly named Nationals manager offered up a story about his own days as a brash, young big-leaguer and an important lesson he learned. “I wasn’t as good a player…
Oct 29, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
Age on Opening Day 2016: 35 How acquired: Trade from Philadelphia for RHP Nick Pivetta, July 2015 MLB service time: 10 years, 64 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $13 million Contract status: Signed for $11 million in 2016 ($3 million to be deferred until 2017), free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 59 G, 63.1 IP, 53 H,…
Sep 30, 2015, 2:31 PM EDT
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN So, there was kind of a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ For our guest, we brought on CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw, who has been doing great work for us all season. He was with me at the game on Sunday, so we got his…
Sep 30, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-5 Team slash: .254/.307/.400 Team ERA: 3.74 Runs per game: 3.14 STOCK UP Matt den Dekker, OF: .444 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.418 OPS Even though he hasn’t had many opportunities to play, den…
Sep 29, 2015, 6:06 AM EDT
The Nationals took swift action Monday to address Jonathan Papelbon’s short-term future with the organization, suspending the volatile closer for the remainder of the season after his dugout attack on Bryce Harper the previous afternoon. The organization’s long-term plan for Papelbon, though, remains quite murky. Papelbon is under contract for another season; that was among…
Sep 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EDT
Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals lineup on Monday as punishment for his involvement in a fight with Jonathan Papelbon in the home dugout at Nats Park the day before. It is generally team policy that players who do not appear in games do not talk after them. But there Harper was, waiting at his…
Sep 28, 2015, 7:44 PM EDT
Mike Rizzo further justified the Nationals’ decision to suspend Jonathan Papelbon four games and bench Bryce Harper one game Monday evening, citing the disparity in punishments between the two players as “equitable” given their roles in Sunday’s dugout fight. “You could see, by the type of discipline we placed on both players, which we thought…
Sep 28, 2015, 4:49 PM EDT
Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, the likely NL MVP when the 2015 season is over, took the brunt of an ugly altercation between he and closer Jonathan Papelbon, one in which Harper was grabbed by the throat and forced into the backwall of the team’s dugout on live television. He was physically assaulted, essentially, for all the…
Sep 28, 2015, 4:25 PM EDT
Matt Williams admitted fault for not recognizing the severity of Sunday’s dugout fracas between Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper and for letting his now-suspended closer re-take the mound after the incident. “I take responsibility for that,” Williams said Monday afternoon. “I could have gotten more information in that regard. I could have gotten more specifics…
Sep 28, 2015, 1:19 AM EDT
Had Sunday afternoon’s dugout fracas at Nationals Park been a purely isolated incident, it might be easy to shrug it off as one of those unfortunate things that happens every once in awhile in sports. Teammates get into a heated argument, one goes after the other, everybody else rushes in to break it up. This…
Sep 28, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT
It has been hours since the Nationals’ game ended and the media left the clubhouse, and yet it is still hard for me to believe what happened. Who could have predicted the Nats season would take such a turn just one day after they were officially eliminated from the playoff race? There is still so…
Sep 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT
By the time the bottom of the eighth inning concluded, images of Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper’s dugout scuffle had just begun to circulate around Nats Park. Given the emotions exerted between the two (Harper was seen charging into the clubhouse in frustration) and the fact that Papelbon had already pitched the previous frame, it…
Sep 27, 2015, 6:50 PM EDT
Saturday night was supposed to be rock bottom for the Nationals. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention, thus putting to rest preseason expectations of a dominant team destined to win a World Series. But little did they know, just one day later matters would indeed get much, much worse. Closer Jonathan Papelbon grabbed superstar Bryce…
Sep 25, 2015, 1:37 PM EDT
Updated at 5:27 p.m. Major League Baseball has suspended Jonathan Papelbon three games and fined the Nationals closer an undisclosed amount for intentionally throwing at Manny Machado during Wednesday night’s loss to the Orioles. Papelbon has appealed the ruling and will remain eligible to pitch until his case is heard, the Nationals said. He declined…
Sep 24, 2015, 12:15 AM EDT
On yet another night when the Mets tried their best to make the NL East race interesting, the Nationals lost yet another critical game on a home run following a difficult pitching decision made by their manager. Then, once a 4-3 loss to the Orioles was in the books, they found themselves at odds with…
Sep 19, 2015, 12:35 AM EDT
As Jayson Werth crawled on all fours to touch the plate, his forehead bloodied, his uniform askew, his hair flowing in every possible direction, the Nationals came pouring out of their dugout to celebrate. Half of them approached Jose Lobaton, the man who lofted the sacrifice fly that made it all possible. The other half…
Sep 15, 2015, 12:59 AM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has been through this rodeo before. He’s been saving games — and blowing saves — for 11 years now. So don’t expect him to get too caught up with what happened Monday night in his old stomping grounds. Though it certainly helped that his Nationals teammates picked him up during a…
Sep 14, 2015, 6:31 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA — Jonathan Papelbon has never been one to mince words or withhold his true feelings about a subject, so it shouldn’t have come as much surprise when the Nationals closer returned to Citizens Bank Park on Monday and lobbed criticism at the Phillies organization that traded him earlier this summer. Papelbon, who signed a…
Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EDT
Matt Williams doesn’t much like talking about big-picture stuff. You’ve repeatedly heard the second-year manager asked about the state of his Nationals this summer, and you’ve repeatedly heard him refuse to take the bait. But then comes a game like Tuesday night — a game that defied logic given the manner in which the Nationals’…
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