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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ World Series rings unveiled; 19-31 stories + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before you go out and buy yourself a ring for like $15K or so-ish...

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Washington’s Nationals have seen their championship rings, though they will wait until they are all in one place to receive them.

The World Series rings were unveiled last night and Max Scherzer, Ryan Zimmerman, Howie Kendrick, and more talked with MASN’s Dan Kolko about the 2019 campaign, the new rings, and waiting for baseball to start up again. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

What if the Nats had not recovered from their 19-31 start - (Washington Times)
"The Nationals are about to emerge from a horrid 19-31 start to the season, get on the right track, pump plenty of “Baby Shark” through the stadium speakers and eventually make history."

The state of MLB last May 24, when the Nationals hit rock bottom - (NBC Sports Washington)
"May 24 is a date that will forever hold significance in Washington, D.C."

Here's why today should be a Nationals holiday - (MLB.com)
"But there’s one more date you should know, because without it, May 24 -- which this year will feature the organization’s virtual ring design unveiling -- may not be as ubiquitous a reference as it is now."

Six dates that were actually more important than May 24, 2019 - (MASN)
"However, let’s be clear about one thing: Nothing happened on May 24, 2019, that suggested the Nationals were any more likely to win the World Series than the day before."

Max Scherzer: Nationals players opening rings together will be ‘final piece to our championship’ - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The fate of the 2020 season has yet to be determined, so there’s no firm date for when the Nationals will receive their rings."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals unveil 2019 World Series championship rings - (CBSSports.com)
"The players have decided they don't want to get the rings until they are all together in person and that's pretty cool, but we now have a good grasp of the design."

Nationals' World Series ring features Baby Shark and weird math - (Big League Stew)
"As far as championship rings go, this is a new one..."

NL East Bullpen Comparison - (SI.com)
"Doolittle is expected to regain the closer’s positions, with Hudson and Harris sliding in as the main setup men. Harris has a 2.36 ERA in the last five seasons, with over 300 innings. Did they do enough to fix a bullpen that did not do very well last season?"

NL EAST UPDATES:

Phillies keeping Florida facility closed for now, ‘most likely’ would hold second spring training in Philly - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"While other teams favor returning to their spring-training sites, the Phillies could make use of Citizens Bank Park and other area fields to get ready for a potential 2020 season."

Andrew Cuomo: New York sports teams can hold in-state training camps - (NY Post)
"Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s push to get professional sports going again in New York took another step forward Sunday."

What if Marlins’ Luis Castillo had only batted right-handed? - (Fish Stripes)
"The three-time NL All-Star was clearly a South Florida success story, but was he really the best version of himself?"

Tim Kurkjian's Baseball Fix - Tales of just how much John Smoltz hated to lose - (ESPN)
"John Smoltz ran the football pool every Sunday for the Braves. 'He would hand them out and say, 'You have no chance,' teammate Tom Glavine said."