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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ speedster; 2020 plans; Ryan Zimmerman on universal DH + more...

Catch up on the last 24-48 hours in Nationals news while you wait for the next thing a player says to upset you...

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We took a break from links yesterday to feature some wild What If? scenarios as part of the SB Nation’s latest theme week. But we’re back, baby! Back with links. Catch up on 48 hours in Nationals news. All the links that were fit to link, all in one place for your convenience. Go read your links...


Rob Manfred details plan for testing, quarantining players - (MASN)
“MLB hadn’t publicly said much of anything about that dilemma during the first days of negotiations with the union, but commissioner Rob Manfred revealed some important details about the league’s plan Thursday night during an interview with CNN.”

Rob Manfred’s outline of health protocols again shows numerous hurdles in front of MLB - (NBC Sports Washington)
“Commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on CNN and spent most of his seven minutes outlining the league’s plan to handle player safety if the season resumes.”

Blake Snell won’t play MLB if there’s a further pay cut, illustrating the hurdles to restarting season - (NBC Sports Washington)
“Here, again, is one of the central rubs as Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association try to put several square pegs in round holes. Both sides are desperate to play. They will have to decide at what cost.”

Eric Thames embraced Korean culture, food and how game was played - (MASN)
"During his tenure with the Dinos, they played at Masan Baseball Stadium. Thames said the atmosphere of KBO games is a big departure from what fans see in Major League Baseball."

The greatest home runs in Harrisburg Senators modern history: Nos. 30 to 26 - (Mayflies & Big Flies)
"Welcome to the second in a series of posts ranking the greatest home runs in Harrisburg Senators modern history (otherwise known as when baseball returned to City Island in 1987)."

Don't blink: These NL East speedsters can fly -(
"Nationals: Trea Turner - Turner doesn't just have the best speed on the Nationals -- he's one of the fastest in Major League Baseball."

Porter excited for season proposal, offers schedule tweak - (MASN)
"MASN broadcaster Bo Porter, a former big league manager, coach and player, likes the idea of baseball returning as long as everyone is placed into a safe environment."

Davey Martinez helps create ‘Stay in the Fight’ masks for COVID-19 relief - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The coronavirus pandemic has had an unprecedented effect around the world, but Nationals manager Davey Martinez has one message: 'Stay in the fight.'"

Nationals’ Patrick Corbin worried about his family’s safety but eager for MLB to resume play - (NBC Sports Washington)
"In an interview with Cary Chow of NBC4 Washington that aired Thursday evening, Nationals starter Patrick Corbin echoed the thoughts of his teammate Doolittle."


Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: Bring the DH to the NL - (FOX Sports)
"Growing up, I always just thought of the DH as the difference between the two leagues. But I also did have a sense of: 'This is silly. Why don’t we all just play by the same rules?'"

A Universal Designated Hitter Is Likely. What Will It Look Like For National League Teams? - (Forbes)
"The Nationals also added Eric Thames to platoon with Ryan Zimmerman at first base but it’s plausible to think one could be a DH, especially when the opposing pitcher is a right-hander."

West Palm Beach resident and minor league pitcher weighs in on MLB proposal - (WPEC)
"The Nationals 2019 first round pick can now only wait until a compromise is reached between the MLB and the Players Association in regards to a 2020 season."

How a canceled season would impact Braves, other NL clubs, on the field - (
"They would lose a year of the Max Scherzer-Stephen Strasburg-Patrick Corbin trio, with Scherzer a free agent the next offseason."

Ex-MLB star Matt Williams finds home as manager in Korea - (Las Vegas Review-Journal)
"He’s now a first-year manager in the Korea Baseball Organization, one of the few leagues in action worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic."


These Phillies have most to gain (or lose) from shortened 2020 season - (The Morning Call)
Didi Gregorius sat between Joe Girardi and Zack Wheeler and explained why a top-10 shortstop would finally reach free agency and be willing to sign a one-year contract.

Rick Porcello's redemption quest with Mets looks different now - (NY Post)
"Rick Porcello was eager to put the 2019 season behind him. He’d finished it with the second-worst ERA and WHIP of his career, which forced him to sign a one-year deal with the Mets in an effort to resuscitate his career."

AP Source: Miami Marlins To Furlough Some Employees June 1 – (CBS Miami)
"A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will temporarily furlough 90 to 100 baseball operations employees beginning June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic."

All-in for big changes to MLB’s schedule, for now and the future - (
"The Guardians of The Game, a group that includes current and ex-players, usually have a lot to say about big change. Baseball is famously resistant to it, in large part because it is obsessed with the integrity of its records."