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Wire Taps: Nationals introducing Dave Martinez today in D.C.; Baseball America releases Nats’ Top 10 list for 2018...

Will “Daniel Murphy whisperer” Kevin Long end up in D.C. as part of Dave Martinez’s staff? Martinez in D.C. today + more in your morning links...

MLB: NLDS-Chicago Cubs at Washington Nationals Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Houston’s Astros got their first World Series championship last night with their Game 7 win in Los Angeles, California’s Dodger Stadium. Sorry, Dodgers.

Seattle and Washington are the only teams that have never made it to the World Series, and the Mariners, Nationals, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, and Texas Rangers are the only teams that have not won one.

Meanwhile, Dave/Davey Martinez will be introduced to the nation’s capital today at 1:00 PM EDT in D.C., when his introductory press conference will be held in Nationals Park...

While you wait for that, catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news from around the interwebs...


Dave Martinez better be able to walk across Potomac
"The Washington Nationals aren’t asking much of their new skipper, no, not at all. Dave Martinez has never been a manager but he has a simple edict in his new job: Win the World Series."

Washington Nationals find multiple managers on 1993 San Francisco Giants
"So as the Nationals have moved between four managers in six seasons, they have not done so with any reliable pattern, not signaled what might come next..."

Rumor Central: Kevin Long out as New York Mets' hitting coach?
"After being passed over for the managerial opening, Kevin Long is not expected to return as hitting coach of the New York Mets, according to Marc Carig of Newsday."

With dominant second half, Strasburg reached new heights
"Strasburg entered the season with some lingering questions about the state of his elbow, having missed most of the previous September (and the postseason) with a strained flexor mass."


2018 Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects
"Washington has a bevy of outfield options at the big league level, but they have more on the way, including Victor Robles and Juan Soto, the top two prospects in the system."

Nationals' Robles, Gushue homer in Fall League
"Nationals players took center stage in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday as two of their top prospects, Victor Robles and Taylor Gushue, both delivered in a big inning for the Solar Sox."

Robles No. 1 in Baseball America's top 10 Nats prospects list
The one name that many fans may not be that familiar with is [Yasel] Antuna. The shortstop/third baseman played for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals.