In addition to his duties for Federal Baseball, Dave Nichols is the Editor-in-Chief of DistrictSportsPage.com.
Early in his career he spent four years in radio, working for the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and University of Maryland radio networks.
According to the Washington Times, the Nats traded C Kurt Suzuki back to the Oakland A's for an undisclosed "pitching prospect." In 78 games this season, Suzuki hit .223/.284/.311 with just...
In an interview on ESPN Radio, noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews backed the Washington Nationals decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg in this, his first fulll season returning from ligament replacement surgery. Andrews, who has not examined Strasburg, said, "I would certainly take up for the decision. And I don’t know first-hand — there’s probably a lot of intangibles that helped them make that decision. But I don’t think you can criticize that one bit, to be honest with you." Click through to The Washington Post's D.C. Sports Bog for the full story.
Lucas Giolito, the Washington Nationals first round pick (No. 16 overall) in the 2012 draft, will indeed need ligament replacement surgery (Tommy John), as reported by Amanda Comak of The Washington Times. Giolito was examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Los Angeles on Wednesday and Yocum, the same surgeon who performed the procedure on Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann, confirmed the original diagnosis that the 18-year-old right-hander’s torn ulnar collateral ligament required surgery. Giolito made one appearance for the Gulf Coast Nationals, pitching two innings, but complained of the same pain he experienced as a high school senior, cutting that season off after just a game and a half. Giolito, 6'6", 230, regularly hit 100 as a prep, but now his path as a pro will follow that of Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg and Sammy Solis as high Nats draft picks to undergo the procedure.
Since the article in the DC Sports Bog outed us, Cheryl and I are indeed moving to her hometown in northern Idaho at the end of the baseball season. For the bigger picture, and to save me from...
The Washington Nationals today placed Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez on the 15-day disabled list and recalled catcher Jesus Flores from Triple-A Syracuse. The move was retro to July 7. Rodriguez sustained a right oblique strain during batting practice Thursday and was scratched from the game against the Chiacgo Cubs. Outfielder Rick Ankiel recently missed three weeks due to a similar injury. From the team: Flores, 26, joins the Nationals after batting .234 (49-for-209) with 15 doubles, five homers and 30 RBI in 56 International League contests with Syracuse. Eight of Flores’ 20 extra-base hits this season have come in a 20-game stretch beginning June 8. Flores returns for a second stint with Washington this season. He went 1-for-2 for the Nationals during a nine-day stint with the club in April. Flores is a career .260 (150-for-576) hitter with 30 doubles, 16 home runs and 99 RBI in 200 games with Washington spanning portions of four campaigns (2007-09, ’11). The 39 year-old Rodriguez is currently batting .214 (25-for-117) with seven doubles, two home runs and 19 RBI in 39 games with the Nationals. Washington will especially miss Rodriguez’s game-calling expertise and throwing arm, as he has thrown out 10 of 22 would-be basestealers (45%) this season.
Press Release: The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-Day Disabled List and optioned right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Zimmerman missed the last 58 games (27-31 team record during that span) after being placed on the DL on April 12, retroactive to April 10, with a left abdominal injury. The 26-year-old batted .381 (8-for-21) with three runs scored, three doubles, one triple, three RBI and two walks in six games during his rehab assignment with Syracuse, Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League and Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League. In eight games this season with Washington, Zimmerman is batting .357 with five runs scored, one triple, one home run, four RBI and seven walks. Stammen, 26, went 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in two relief appearances with the Nationals.
Spring Training round-ups from the folks on the beat: -- Kilgore (and the great Jonathan Newton) displays Roger "The Shark" Bernadina's gunz, talks to Ivan Rodriguez about being a mentor to Jesus...
There are still a bunch of spots open in the third Federal Baseball fantasy league. Please leave your email address in here and I'll send you an invite to join. Thanks.
I set up two leagues today, one roto-style and one head-to-head. I invited everyone that indicated they were interested in playing, and tried to gauge which league they would be more interested...
Adrian Nieto, a minor league catcher in the Washington Nationals organization, was suspended today after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, according to multiple sources citing a Major League Baseball release. Nieto tested positive for Oxandrolone and metabolite. Nieto, 21, hit .195/.291/.253 last season for Single-A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League. The Cuban native was a fifth round pick in the 2008 Amateur Draft. This is the fourth year in a row the Nationals have had a minor leaguer suspended for PEDs. For a full list, click this link.
The Washington Nationals traded OF Justin Maxwell, who was designated for assignment late last week, to the New York Yankees in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Adam Olbrychowski. Olbrychowski, a 24 year old converted starter, has three total appearances in Double-A over the last two seasons, facing a grand total of 23 batters. In four minor league seasons, Olybrychowski is 16-17, 4.17, 1.490, with two saves in 100 appearances and 35 starts. He has pitched primarily out of the bullpen the last two seasons. The righty has put up decent strikeout numbers everywhere he's pitched in the Yankees system, collecting 7.2 Ks per nine in his career thus far, but has also been plagued by walks, giving up 4.5 per nine. His career stats can be found at this link.
At the request of several, the following is a rather rudimentary description of fantasy baseball, some history of the game, a couple of variations of play styles that we could try, and some tips on...
Hey all you fantasy nerds, and wanna-be fantasy nerds! Leave your name here if you want to play in Federal Baseball's 2011 Fantasy League. I'll set up a free Yahoo league once they release their...
Originally announced on his personal website and verified twitter account, former San Diego Padres 2B Matt Antonelli signed a Triple-A contract without invitation to major league spring training, verified by a Nationals official this afternoon. Antonelli will be 26 in April. He was a once promising second base prospect in the San Diego organization, taken with the 17th overall pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft by the Padres, and spent 21 games in 2008 at the big league level, hitting .192/.292/.281 in just 65 plate appearances. His best minor league season was in 2007, split between A and AA ball, when he hit .307/.404/.491 with 21 homers and 78 RBIs. Antonelli missed the entire 2010 season with a broken hamate bone in his left wrist and played in just 59 games in 2009 due to a leg injury.
The Washington Nationals today announced the signing of veteran OF/1B/PH Matt Stairs to a minor league contract. Stairs, 42, is Major League Baseball's all-time leader in pinch-hit home runs. The 18-year veteran is a career .264/.357/.481 hitter with 265 home runs with a league-record tying 12 different clubs. He was signed as an amatuer free agent in 1989 by Montreal and made his MLB debut in 1992 with the Expos. Stairs played in 78 games with the San Diego Padres last season, making three appearances at first base, 13 in left field and one in right field. He was primarily used as a left-handed pinch-hitter, and compiled a .232/.306/.475 slash line with six homers and 16 RBIs in 111 plate appearances. Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said several times this off-season he wanted to upgrade the Nats bench with players that knew and accepted their roles, and this acquisition fills that need perfectly.
According to USA Today and multiple other sources, former Washington Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn has signed a four-year deal worth $56 million with the Chicago White Sox. Dunn, 31, hit .260/.356.536 with 38 home runs and 103 RBIs for the Nationals last season. Federal Baseball will have much more coverage of the Dunn deal throughout the evening.
According to the linked story by MLB.com's Bill Ladson, Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo is sending OF Bryce Harper to the Arizona Fall League, effective immediately. Harper performed admirably during his stint at the Florida Instructional League, hitting over .300 and leading the Nats squad in homers and RBIs. The soon-to-be 18 year old (birthday Oct. 16) will now get a chance to show his array of skills on a much bigger stage, as the AFL is the premier developmental league for minor league players. Harper will join other Nats prospects, including Derek Norris, on the Scottsdale Scorpions and play twice a week, according to the report. Rizzo also said today, according to Ladson's twitter account, that Harper "is going to A ball [next season]. Make no mistake about it. He is not going to be a rushed guy. We are going to let his performance and development dictate where this guy goes." ed. (1:16 pm) -- Ladson updated his story with more Rizzo quotes here.
With his college age son sitting beside him on the top ledge of the Washington Nationals dugout, curly W's adorning the wall, Nats President Stan Kasten confirmed to the media that he would be resigning, effective at the end of this season. He said at the beginning of his statements that he would talk today about his experiences with the team, and how and why his resignation came about, but preferred not to discuss his future plans, or go into any details about where he sees the team today or the progress in the organization, outside of very broad ideas. He promised that he would talk about those things in more detail when the season was over, but for now, he wanted to confirm the news of his resignation and then "get back to baseball." "When I came here...in 2006, I made a commitment to stay for five years, through the end of the 2010 season. About a year ago or so, I went to the family and told them I would not be staying beyond that five year commitment. So what I'm here to tell you today is that I'll be leaving the Nats at the end of the season." "Let me assure you: This is just about me. This has nothing to do with anybody else, or anything else, this is just about me. What's good for me, for my family, and my own personal expectations, goals, aspirations. Purely that, and nothing else." "Leaving here is going to be hard. But the decision to leave was not hard. It was just the right thing to do now." For the rest of the story and more quotes from Kasten, please click the title link.
According to MLB.com's Bill Ladson, Nyjer Morgan's suspensions were reduced to a total of eight games. He will begin serving his suspension on Friday. No details yet on the individual reductions, but we'll post more as soon as we know. ed. (1:59 pm) -- According to reports, the entire seven-game suspension for the incident in Philadelphia was dropped.
nyjer morgan getting well-deserved 8-game suspension after 3 incidents this week. that's in addition to the 7 games hes appealing. #nats— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) September 3, 2010
According to a tweet by SI.com's Jon Heyman, Nyjer Morgan will receive an eight-game suspension for "three separate incidents" this week; presumably his collision with Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson, his role in the Wednesday night brawl, and taunting the Marlins crowd on his way off the field. He also mentions other suspensions: Chris Volstad (six games), Alex Sanabia (five games), Gaby Sanchez (three games) and Doug Slaten (three games). MASN.com's Ben Goessling tweeted later that Manager Jim Riggleman was "suspended for Friday and Saturday's games" as well, and third base caoch Pat Listach's three-game suspension will start Sunday to avoid overlapping wihh Riggleman. Goessling also reports that Riggleman was fined for "inappropriate comments" by Frank Robinson, MLB director of Umpires. I've watched the replays of the brawl about a dozen times, and all I can see of Alex Sanabia is him getting tossed like a rag doll by Adam Dunn out of the pile. For that he gets just three games less than Morgan? It will be interesting to read the final report from this one.
According to the linked article by MLB.com's Bill Ladson, Washington Nationals third base coach Pat Listach will be suspended three games for his role in Wednesday's nights brawl, according to his sources. Ladson also reports that Nyjer Morgan's disciplinary hearing, originally scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 7, was rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 10. MLB looks very unfavorably on coaches that get involved in throwdowns, but if Listach gets three games, Morgan is going to get the book thrown at him. A guess is that Morgan's hearing is now going to involve more that just MLB Discipline Czar Bob Watson, thus the need to reschedule. Stay tuned for more details about the suspensions as we get them.
According to a team spokeman, Rob Dibble will no longer broadcast Washington Nationals games. The spokeman said the decision was "permanent." DIbble has made news twice in the last month. First, he made inappropriate comments about two women sitting in the President's Club talking during the game. Dibble suggested they were talking about shopping, rather than the game, and that their husbands shouldn't bring them to the game next time. Dibble issued an apology via his blog on MASN several days later, then on a broadcast the following day. More recently, on his XM show, Dibble called into question Stephen Strasburg's fortitude after the pitcher was removed from the game with an elbow injury, only later to reveal the future of the franchise needed to have ligament replacement surgery. The source said there was no permanent replacement as of yet, and studio co-host Ray Knight would continue as the color analyst at least through the end of the current road trip with play-by-play man Bob Carpenter.
Washington Nationals' skipper Jim Riggleman was very candid in his remarks in this morning's press conference about Nyjer Morgan intentionally running in to St. Louis Cardinals' catcher Bryan Anderson during the eighth inning rally in the Nats 14-5 win over the Cards last night. Calling the play "totally inexcusable" and saying that Morgan did "an unprofessional thing", Riggleman described how he thought Morgan had been stewing all day about being moved out of the leadoff spot and all the way down to the eighth position in the order. Riggleman even went out of his way to explain that he apologized to Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa and Anderson, then said "If an opposing player did that to my catcher and he came to the plate he'd get hit." For the transcript of the manager's comments, please visit the above link. It really speaks to Riggleman's opinion of the subject that he'd be so forthcoming about the incident with the media.
You can read my full opinion here, but I am utterly disappointed in Adam Dunn's visit to the Milwaukee radio booth during Saturday night's loss to the Brewers. Disrespectful in the least,...
Since peaking on April 22 at .449, over his last 52 games Pudge Rodriguez is hitting .235/.260/.306. Is his defense and "veteran leadership" worth having another black hole in the batting order?
Washington Nationals RHP Jordan Zimmermann made his third rehab start for Single-A Potomac Wednesday night. He went four innings and allowed one run, unearned, on six hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out four. Plenty of game details, quotes from Zimmermann and photos from the game at the linked article from Nats News Network.
"The Baseball Project" a band featuring Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5, R.E.M., Young Fresh Fellows), Steve Wynn (The Dream Syndicate, Gutterball, Danny & Dusty, Miracle 3), Linda Pitmon (Miracle 3, Golden Smog) and Peter Buck (R.E.M., The Minus 5), wrote and recorded a song about our very own Stephen Strasburg, sung from his point of view. It's an interesting take, coming on the heels of "The Decision" starring Lebron James yesterday, about the player just wanting "to stick around for a while." The free download is in the sidebox on the right hand side of the article.
A comment I made in last night's game thread seems to have upset some folks, and since I could not stick around last night to reply to the backlash it looks all that much worse. I want to make it...
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