Washington’s Nationals gathered together to watch the replay of Game 7 of the 2019 World Series last night. We tuned in for a little while, but watching old baseball games just makes us miss the game even more right now, so we’ve been sticking to non-sports activities most of the time these days. We did, however, collect all the Nationals links we could find for you this morning, so go read your links...
Home confinement re-watch: 2019 World Series Game 7 - (MASN)
"There’s a strange anticipation to Game 7 of the World Series that doesn’t exist any other day of the year. It’s the ultimate game, and so there’s excitement for the prospect of that."
Happening now on the Nationals' Facebook page. This is pretty cool. pic.twitter.com/5gDD02ACSy— Scott Allen (@ScottSAllen) April 14, 2020
How many games does MLB have to play to make a season legitimate? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"This year will carry an asterisk no matter what transpires before the calendar closes."
Nationals Talk Supreme Court: Was Jayson Werth worth it? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The deal was immediately panned. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson encompassed the sentiment with a dismissive, yet humorous, synopsis."
Acquiring Gio Gonzalez is greatest trade in Nats history, according to WAR - (WaPost)
"[Gio] Gonzalez was a key part of the Nationals’ transition to yearly contender and landed on the disabled list only once in seven seasons."
Nationals’ Strengths No. 7: Davey Martinez’s presence - (NBC Sports Washington)
"According to Baseball Savant, Washington also only employed a defensive shift on 14.3 percent of all plate appearances last year—the fourth-lowest rate in baseball."
Nats prospect watch: Pineda ready to bounce back from learning year - (MASN)
"In 2019, this is what catcher Israel Pineda went through in the Nationals organization at 19. He failed more times than not on offense. And that is never an easy task to endure."
Juan Soto’s MLB The Show players league debut featured dancing, Baby Shark and homers - (WaPost)
"Juan Soto got the better of Josh Hader in a win over the Brewers again, and this time he didn’t need any help from Milwaukee’s right fielder."
Nats' Top 5 third basemen: Camerato's take - (MLB.com)
"1) Ryan Zimmerman, 2005-present (Nationals) - Key fact: Zimmerman leads the franchise’s third basemen with a 38.5 bWAR -- "It’s hard to think about the Nationals without thinking of Zimmerman."
Davey Martinez is trying to get a piece of the Astros' rightfield foul pole - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The yellow pole Kendrick’s home run ball struck when it passed over the wall in right field still remains in Minute Maid Park. Martinez is hoping the Astros agree to take it down for the Nationals to have."
Nationals postpone season ticket payments amid coronavirus outbreak - (WaPost)
"Washington Nationals season ticket plan holders had wanted to hear something — or anything — about the money they are spending on games that are not being played."
Zimmerman Does Good:
Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman starts fund for health-care workers with $100K gift - (WaPost)
"On Monday, the Nationals first baseman announced he started a fund that will continue to distribute meals and eventually bring needed supplies to the workers at Inova Health’s facilities across Northern Virginia."
Ryan Zimmerman launches COVID-19 relief fund with $100,000 donation - (Washington Times)
"Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and his wife Heather Zimmerman launched the Pros for Heroes COVID-19 Relief Fund on Tuesday and pledged $100,000 to assist health care workers battling the coronavirus pandemic."
Ryan Zimmerman talked to a doctor friend about how he might contribute to health workers. The result: A fund that might grow -- but has already touched medical professionals. "It was a reminder that people are behind them, which sometimes can get lost."https://t.co/eZOqecHp9F— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) April 14, 2020
Rob Manfred: MLB has ideas for post-coronavirus return - (Miami Herald)
”Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said there is no cut-and-dry plan for MLB’s return from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic despite the reported scenarios that have surfaced over the past couple weeks.”
‘Distance Now, Hugs Later’ T-shirt sales to benefit sports bar by Nationals Park - (WaPost)
"Walters owner Jeremy Gifford, who has several BreakingT designs in his regular rotation, was delighted when BreakingT President Jamie Mottram contacted him last week about a similar partnership to support his staff."
Baseball Book Review: 'Buzz Saw' Gives 2019 Nationals Their Proper Due - (Baseball America)
"The Nationals’ comeback was larger than the 1914 'Miracle' Braves. It was larger than the 1969 'Amazin' Mets. It was larger than the 1978 Yankees or 1995 Mariners or 2011 Cardinals, or any other team whose in-season rally is indelibly etched into baseball lore."
Local sports industry freelancers find themselves out of work due to coronavirus - (Capital Gazette)
"Not only does Medhurst host 'Nats Talk Live' on 106.7 following each home game, he was also slated to serve as the organization’s backup radio broadcaster."
BREAKING: Major League Baseball is participating in a massive coronavirus antibody study, with up to 10,000 tests taken nationwide over the next two days. Researchers hope the results offer a far better understanding of coronavirus' spread. News at ESPN: https://t.co/lZJX6aeDoK— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) April 14, 2020
NL EAST UPDATES:
Yoenis Cespedes, popular photo subject of Anthony Causi, pays tribute to Post photographer- (NY Post)
"Yoenis Cespedes only let one photographer onto his sprawling ranch in Florida or into his Polaris Slingshot for a drive to spring training."
He was a dear friend to so many, a passionate photographer, a beloved husband and father, and so much more. I will forever cherish all the memories we’ve had and will miss you by our side. My love and prayers to the family of Anthony Causi. RIP my friend. pic.twitter.com/CBH8w6oCJr— Yoenis Cespedes (@ynscspds) April 14, 2020
Phillies Talk podcast: Rule changes — good ideas and bad ideas - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Jim Salisbury and Corey Seidman go through rule change ideas and preview an upcoming clash of the champions on the latest Phillies Talk podcast."
Advanced Stats Show Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara Is Better Than You Think, And Maybe The Next Lucas Giolito - (Forbes)
"You certainly can rip on the Marlins for letting some supremely talented and inexpensive pitchers escape from their grip. Like Luis Castillo. And Chris Paddack. And Zac Gallen. Ouch, ouch and triple-ouch."
An April date links Robinson, Aaron in Atlanta - (MLB.com)
"So as the baseball world celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, it’s important to remember what occurred in Atlanta both on April 8, 1974, and April 8, 1949."