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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ virtual World Series ring ceremony on Sunday + Happy Birthday, Victor Robles...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait for this Sunday’s World Series ring ceremony...

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“Clearly the [World Series] documentary thought Houston was going to win, so seeing it from that angle, it made it that much better just seeing how heartbroken they were...” - Stephen Strasburg this winter on the Nationals’ World Series win over the Astros.

Strasburg didn’t care for the official World Series documentary, which he, rightly, thought was Astros-centric in anticipation of a Houston win, but Washington’s Nationals won four games on the road in Minute Maid Park to claim the 2019 World Series crown.

This Saturday and Sunday you can watch the Nationals’ own documentary on their win in the Fall Classic, and after Part 2 on Sunday, the club will hold a virtual ring ceremony that will allow everyone to watch the celebration on TV or online. Want more details?

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Nationals to hold ‘virtual’ ring ceremony one year after turnaround began - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals announced Tuesday night they will hold a virtual ring ceremony Sunday, May 24 -- a year to the day they began to turn their 2019 season around -- at 7 p.m. across a variety of social media and television channels."

Why Mike Rizzo stood firm even with Nationals at 19-31 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"When he met with reporters hours after talking to Scherzer and crossing paths with Martinez, Rizzo took a stand in two regards."

Nats to hold virtual WS ring ceremony Sunday - (MLB.com)
"Not only will the virtual ring ceremony give Nationals fans a chance to celebrate the 2019 World Series champions, but it will also provide them with an opportunity to come together in support of those in need."

Defense and team speed cornerstones to Nationals' success - (MASN)
"Defense and speed are cornerstones of good teams, and they were important parts why the Nationals were so good in 2019."

MLB return: Max Scherzer concerned about players’ frequent contact with coaches, trainers - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Scherzer’s concern is one of the many risks that both sides must weigh as they work toward building a viable plan for hosting the 2020 season."

'Always a place to play': Santangelo did it all - (MLB.com)
"Before he joined the Nationals' television broadcast in 2011, Santangelo donned an Expos uniform from 1995-98."

Nationals will celebrate World Series title Sunday with a virtual ring ceremony - (WaPost)
"The ceremony, which will give fans and players their first look at the rings, comes on the anniversary of last season’s turning point."

Would Nationals train and play in D.C. or West Palm Beach? - (MASN)
"Based on Major League Baseball’s official proposal to the MLB Players Association, it looks like the answer is: In Washington, as long as it’s safe to do so, and as long as local authorities say it’s OK."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

To The Victor Belongs The Great Defense – (The SIS Blog)
"Robles led all center fielders with 23 Defensive Runs Saved last season, edging out Lorenzo Cain of the Brewers, though Cain won the Fielding Bible Award for defensive excellence at the position."

Could Baseball Return To Nats Park This Summer? - (DCist)
“At least one Independence Day tradition might take place this summer: The Washington Nationals playing baseball at their South Capitol Street home.”

Online at Yale, DIY, pedicures, ukuleles: D.C. sports folk on their new normal – (The Athletic)
“The idea? Reach out to a random cross-section of Washington, D.C. sports figures. Find out how they’re coping and whether they’ve picked up a hobby.”

NL EAST UPDATES:

Mets' Seth Lugo fully embracing his new role as a father - (NY Post)
"The Mets' reliever has spent the last two months embracing life as a new father, after his wife Amanda gave birth to the couple’s first child, James, on March 19."

Phillies' Top 5 bench players: Zolecki's take - (MLB.com)
"If you listened to Charlie Manuel over the years, then you know he believes pinch-hitting is the most difficult job in baseball."

Marlins All-Access at Home: Catcher and chef Francisco Cervelli - (FOX Sports)
"FOX Sports Florida's Kelly Saco catches up with Miami Marlins catcher and kitchen maestro Francisco Cervelli."

Mock drafts connect Braves with college talent in next month’s draft - (AJC.com)
"The Braves won’t be very busy, holding only two picks in the top 100 — 25 and 97."