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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Spring Training notes; early bullpens, Davey or Dave + more...

News, lots of news, lots and lots of Washington Nationals news. New quotes from players. New things to read. Thank the lord for Spring Training...

MLB: Washington Nationals-Workouts Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

He wasn’t drafted until the 40th Round of the 1982 Draft. One year later, he was a 3rd Round pick. Four years later he made his MLB debut with the Chicago Cubs.

After he interviewed for managerial gigs for years, and spent ten seasons as a bench coach, he finally got an opportunity to manage in the majors too.

Dave Martinez (or Davey, I guess) was asked about the fact that throughout his career he had to deal with the fact that people didn’t believe he could do what he knew he could.

“It’s funny that you say that,” Martinez told the reporter who asked about his long road to his current gig.

“So when I had a meeting with our coaches, my big thing with them is that there’s no negativity. I don’t care what a guy can’t do, tell me what a guy can do and let’s make him the best at that. And if we can do that, all the things he can’t do seem to go away, and that’s how I perceive the way I’ve done it. Don’t tell me — I know I’m little, I was little my whole life, that doesn’t mean I can’t do this or do that, so I just go out there and forget about what people tell me I can’t do and just concentrate on things I can do.”


Adam Eaton says lower gear may be key
"Now, he is ready to return — but he’s not the same player. He believes we’ll see a smarter, better version of Adam Eaton."

Nationals' Gio Gonzalez looking to future
"Since the start of the 2012 season, only two players have produced a higher Wins Above Replacement total for the Nationals than Gonzalez's 21.2 -- Bryce Harper (27.7) and Stephen Strasburg (24.7)."

Sean Doolittle, the Nationals’ undisputed closer, hopes to lean more heavily on his slider
"There’s no angst this spring. Sean Doolittle is their closer, and, if there was any doubt, Manager Dave Martinez made it officially official Saturday afternoon, four days into spring training."

Secure in closer's role, Doolittle now trying to add to his arsenal
"After firmly establishing himself as a top-notch reliever who relies almost exclusively on his fastball, Doolittle is hoping to become a more complete pitcher this year."

Pitchers ahead of the curve, position players reporting early
"Martinez was impressed not only with Gonzalez’s attention to detail but with the crispness of his pitches at this early date."

After a lost season, Nationals’ Shawn Kelley is ‘just glad it’s 2018’
"A year ago, Kelley arrived at spring training to compete for the closer role coming off his best season as a major leaguer."

Nationals pleased with Shawn Kelley's progress
"New manager Dave Martinez has already theorized some ways to keep Kelley healthy, including limiting or eliminating the number of times he pitches on consecutive days."


Will Los Angeles Dodgers pursue Bryce Harper in free agency?
"Many in the industry look at the Dodgers, with their future needs, their geography and especially their streamlined financial picture..."

Spring Training 2018: 5 Things to know
"Washington finished last season with the third-best team ERA in the National League, and the Nationals should be strong on the mound again."


Braves' Dansby Swanson looks forward to full season next to Ozzie Albies
VIDEO: Dansby Swanson on 2018 expectations

Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto, Dan Straily get lessons in business of baseball via arbitration
"Catcher J.T. Realmuto, first baseman Justin Bour and pitcher Dan Straily all went to arbitration for the first time in recent weeks, meaning that for three-plus hours each, their opponent was their own team."

Zack Wheeler backtracks after curt response to Vargas signing
"Zack Wheeler used a mulligan Saturday in explaining his feelings on the Mets’ decision to add veteran lefty Jason Vargas."

Phillies' Gabe Kapler's desire for change is unorthodox, but effective | David Murphy - Philly
"In a sport that has been notoriously resistant to change, different is a word that doesn’t often come with a positive connotation."