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  1. Rizzo on grievance: “That’s business. It’s not personal.”

    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…

  2. Report: Papelbon files grievance against Nationals

    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…

  3. Can the Nationals remake their entire bullpen?

    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…

  4. Baseball in the District – How will Nats rebuild their bullpen?

    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…

  5. Would O’Day be worth the price tag for Nats?

    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…

  6. Papelbon’s issue isn’t with teammates. It’s with fans.

    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…

  7. Baker offers thoughts on dealing with conflict

    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…

  8. Roster review: Jonathan Papelbon

    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,…

  9. ‘Baseball in the District’ – CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw

    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…

  10. Stock Watch: Papelbon’s rough week a lowlight of the season

    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…

  11. Papelbon’s long-term future after incident is murky

    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…

  12. Harper believes he and Papelbon can move on from fight

    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…

  13. Rizzo gives his side of Papelbon/Harper punishments

    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…

  14. Why Harper was punished

    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…

  15. Williams takes responsibility for leaving Papelbon in game

    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…

  16. Ugly incident speaks to organization-wide problems

    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…

  17. The Baseball Show: What should Nats do with Papelbon?

    Sep 28, 2015, 12:01 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. Williams explains why he let Papelbon pitch after scuffle with Harper

    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…

  19. Papelbon, Harper explain their fight

    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…

  20. Papelbon suspended 3 games by MLB, appeals ruling

    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…

  21. Nats at odds after Machado homer, plunking

    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…

  22. Nats relish a rare chance to celebrate

    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…

  23. Papelbon’s blown save opens door for Fister to get his 1st

    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…

  24. Papelbon critical of former team upon return to Philly

    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…

  25. How do the Nationals come back from this one?

    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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