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  • Only two days after his 66th birthday, Astros pitching coach Brent Strom was back in Houston last week. He spent two days in meetings with the Astros’ front office preparing for 2015 and way beyond. Although most major league coaches are essentially off after the season, Strom is working quite a bit this “offseason” from […] read more...
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  •   AFL News Darnell Sweeney and Scott Schebler are both hitting over .300 in the AFL – look for both of them in AAA next year. Matt Magill started out well but is now evidently auditioning for Ogden! (I jest) Corey Seager was on fire at the beginning, then dropped to below .200 before getting 2 hits last ... read more...
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  • Three days after the Nationals’ season ended, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced in an e-mail to counterparts and friends that he is leaving the organization after five years. The move is surprising, as the Nationals’ front office wasn’t expected to undergo any changes after an early playoff exit. Minniti joined the Nationals in 2009 [... read more...
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  • Aaron Barrett’s career nearly ended before it began. In rookie ball, five years ago in Vermont, Barrett lost the rudimentary skill essential to his job: He could not throw a baseball in the direction he wanted to. He had, as he said with little prompting this spring, “the yips.” He threw nine wild pitches in 22 innings. When […]... read more...
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  • In their ongoing legal dispute, Major League Baseball and the Nationals have asked a New York Supreme Court to uphold an MLB panel’s ruling that awarded the Nationals higher rights fees. MLB and the Nationals filed their counter petitions, along with dozens of documents of evidence and affidavits, late Monday, their deadline to make their […]... read more...
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  • The votes are in, and the comments have been tallied. What did the SnakePit think of Bronson Arroyo this year? Strengths: "Pitched remarkably well, without the benefit of an elbow... Terrific competitor. Enjoy listening to him talk ... read more...
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  • Josh Willingham knows the end of his major league baseball career may be near, 11 years filled with knee injuries, back pain and so, so many losses. Willingham, a large man from Alabama with a thick Southern drawl, persisted because he could draw walks, whack pitches over the left field fence and play through pain. […]... read more...
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  • In his first season at the helm of a major league team, Matt Williams was named National League Manager of the Year by Sporting News on Tuesday for guiding the Nationals to a 96-win season and a NL East title. This award was voted on by a panel of 22 fellow managers; the official Manager of […]... read more...
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  • With one out in the ninth Tuesday night, Ian Desmond tried to check his swing on Santiago Casilla’s two-strike breaking ball in the dirt. Home plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt called Desmond out without an appeal. It appeared Desmond had held back, and in the batter’s box he fumed. “As I was turning around to talk […]... read more...
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  • In the end, Ryan Zimmerman’s right hamstring and the circumstances of the series never gave him a chance to make a major impact on the NLDS. Zimmerman worked for two months to return on the early side, so he could join the Nationals for the playoffs. His hamstring never reached a point where the Nationals […]... read more...
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  • For the final two weeks of September, Steve Balboni watched the Nationals more closely than any evaluator in baseball. The Giants assigned Balboni, the former Royals slugger who is now one of their top advance scouts, to cover the Nationals, to gather detailed information in case the Nationals and Giants and met in the first […]... read more...
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  • The Nationals lost to the Giants in the NLDS, ending their season on Wednesday night in a crushing 3-2 defeat that could be blamed on a variety of reasons. The Nationals made costly errors, their hitting failed again and there were curious bullpen choices. Washington had a fighting chance in Game 4 — and in a […]... read more...
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  • David Peralta must have decided that having an outstanding rookie Major League season was not enough baseball for 2014.   The Arizona Diamondbacks’ outfielder is once again playing for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League. He is playing first base for Bravos, the same position he played for them a year ago. The […] ... read more...
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  • The Padres have a tradition of cycling through hitting coaches. Ben Oglivie, Duane Espy, Dave Magadan, Merv Rettenmund, Wally Joyner, Jim Levebvre, Randy Ready and now Phil Plantier. These are all the hitting coaches that have come an... read more...
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  • After years of searching for a spring training alternative to Viera, the Nationals took their most promising step yet in securing a partnership with a municipality in Florida. Palm Beach County approved $108 million in public funding for a two-team, $135 million complex for the Nationals, who have joined forces with the Houston Astros. But there is a hitch, […]... read more...
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  • Three days after the Nationals’ season ended, assistant general manager Bryan Minniti announced in an e-mail to counterparts and friends that he is leaving the organization after five years. The move is surprising, as the Nationals’ front office wasn’t expected to undergo any changes after an early playoff exit. Minniti joined the Nationals in 2009 [... read more...
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