Davey Martinez joked early this Spring about forcing someone on the team to adopt Baby Shark as their walk-up music so that the tradition will stay alive in Nationals Park.
But one veteran, Aníbal Sánchez, told SiriusXM MLB Network Radio hosts Steve Phillips and Eduardo Perez on Monday that Gerardo Parra, who started the Baby Shark thing in D.C., was unique, and trying to recreate it probably won’t work.
“I don’t know if someone is going to take the Baby Shark. I think the Baby Shark came with the right character,” Sánchez said.
“Parra, he brings so much energy to the team, and he brings a kid’s fun — and he’s unbelievable.”
“I don’t think anybody else could do that besides Parra.”
Parra is, of course, playing in Japan now.
Will the Nationals let it go when baseball starts being played in the nation’s capital again, or, like the whole Mike Morse/Take on Me thing, will they find some way to keep it going?
Please don’t waste too much time on that question. Go read your links...
Ryan Zimmerman says playing without fans would be ‘brutal’ - (NBC Sports Washington)
"On a conference call Monday, Ryan Zimmerman explained what he viewed as the drawback to playing without fans, while acknowledging all options need to be considered."
Ryan Zimmerman sees 'Pros for Heroes' charity campaign take off - (Washington Times)
"Watching old home movies is way more fun when family and friends are there to ad-lib, trade jibes and liven up the narration. Just ask Ryan Zimmerman and the Washington Nationals."
Ryan joined the @TODAYshow this morning with @craigmelvin to talk about the launch of #ProsForHeroes and the amazing work being done across COVID-19 first responder relief https://t.co/hkZDRhNw38— Pros For Heroes (@prosforheroes) April 17, 2020
Zimmerman willing to play in empty parks, but has other concerns - (MASN)
"Already a number of veteran players around the league have expressed concerns with that scenario, suggesting they wouldn’t be willing to leave their wives and children behind for such a long period of time."
Zimmermans’ small idea balloons into Pros for Heroes initiative - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Ryan and Heather Zimmerman settled into their quarantine routine, which mimicked so much of the process for other Americans."
Ryan Zimmerman says Nats’ Zoom call was like being in the clubhouse, only with more bourbon - (WaPost)
"As of Monday afternoon, more than 1,400 donors had contributed over $310,000 to help cover the cost of hot meals, personal protective equipment and child-care services for local health-care professionals, many of whom have been working overtime during the novel coronavirus pandemic."
Ryan Zimmerman Pros for Heroes Relief Fund - (MLB.com)
"Ryan and Heather Zimmerman have felt the support from the Nationals community throughout Ryan’s 15-year playing career, so when the coronavirus pandemic happened, they were compelled to give back."
Zimmerman's take on the Zoom video call to celebrate Game 7 - (MASN)
"Zimmerman looks back now on the Zoom call for Game 7 and remembers a special moment, almost like getting back together with old buddies for a school reunion."
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Robles and Soto's outfield defense played part in Nats' title run - (MASN)
"Outs Above Average (OAA) is a range-based metric that shows how many outs a player has saved."
Good Morning, Shawnee! Today we have a special message from none other than Sean Doolittle ‘04! #alwaysarenegade #canthidethatrenegadepride #renegadedistancelearning #rawhide #lrhsd @whatwouldDOOdo pic.twitter.com/JiKPCe3u74— Shawnee High School (@ShawneeHSNJ) April 20, 2020
Nationals won’t raise banner, present rings until fans are back in the ballpark - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals were prepared to raise their World Series banner and distribute championship rings at their April 2 home opener two weeks ago, but they’re going to continue to wait to hold those ceremonies until their fans can be a part of them again."
Schedule design could have big effect on eventual season - (MASN)
"We don’t talk about the schedule much in baseball, because it really doesn’t matter all that much under normal circumstances."
Justin Lord focuses on mental side of game with Nats hurlers - (MASN)
"The Nationals have a new pitching coach at high Single-A Fredericksburg for 2020, and he is a familiar face in the Carolina League."
Before historic NLDS grand slam, Howie Kendrick had a talk with God - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Kendrick joined Harold Reynolds on the MLB Network for an episode of 'Play Ball' on Saturday morning and chronicled arguably the biggest moment of his career."
As MLB shutdown continues, team employees are wondering how long they’ll be paid - (WaPost)
"The 2020 season has been on hold since the rest of spring training was canceled March 12, and there is no firm indication as to when or if the regular season can begin."
An epic family wiffle ball game went down earlier this spring at Howie Kendrick's house!— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) April 20, 2020
Check out this weekend's full episode of #PlayBall with the @Nationals' NLCS MVP here: https://t.co/9kRFNjetNp pic.twitter.com/b9jCuUTmy1
Fantasy Baseball Washington Nationals preview: Max Scherzer leads way - (Yahoo!Sports)
"While Strasburg was paid and retained, Anthony Rendon left for Orange County. Any lineup would feel a sting from that."
Sources - Majority of MLB teams to pay baseball ops staff through May - (ESPN)
"Some of the game's biggest-market and highest-revenue teams, including the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets and reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals, have not yet given employees assurances of payment through May, according to sources."
World Series champion from N.J. delivers special message to alma mater during morning announcements - (nj.com)
"Arguably one of the top student-athletes to graduate from Shawnee High School, Sean Doolittle has enjoyed a tremendous professional baseball career."
NL EAST UPDATES:
What if the Phillies hadn’t traded Ferguson Jenkins in 1966? - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Based on how well he pitched after getting called up late in the 1965 season, Fergie Jenkins just assumed he had made a positive first impression on the Phillies."
To this point, the #Nationals have committed to paying front-office employees only through April 30. A memo the team sent to baseball employees today states, “Over the coming days, we will continue to work on plans for May and communicate those decisions to the staff.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 20, 2020
Coronavirus complicating Syndergaard, Conforto’s Mets futures - (NY Post)
"The Mets could always offer him a one-year extension to minimize their risk on his elbow, but Syndergaard might want to bet on himself returning strong next year, showing he’s worthy of a free-agent deal in Zack Wheeler’s stratosphere."
MLB History: Can you name every manager that the Marlins have ever had? - (Fish Stripes)
"Our focus this week: the colorful history of Marlins managers. Once public health officials permit it, Don Mattingly will begin his second contract and fifth season on the job."
Braves veterans Freddie Freeman, Cole Hamels discuss longtime rivalry, baseball’s future - (FOX Sports)
"Freddie Freeman and Cole Hamels weigh in on MLB's future."