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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman on KBO + BA’s 2020 Draft preview for the Nats + more...

Ryan Zimmerman wrote another AP diary, talking KBO this time. Baseball America published a 2020 draft guide for the Nats + more Nationals news...

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Right now, the Washington Nationals were supposed to be finished with a three-game stay in Arizona and on their way to Chicago for a series with the Cubs in Wrigley Field. But, we know things didn’t turn out like anyone planned this Spring, and though there’s talk of the 2020 season starting up in early July now, there are a lot of things that need to go right for that to happen. So, yeah, that’s depressing. Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

Davey Martinez doesn’t think the 2020 season will have an asterisk - (NBC Sports Washington)
"While baseball’s prospective return appears to gain momentum, a question to be considered all season is already being pondered: Will this year need an asterisk?"

The greatest home runs in Harrisburg Senators modern history: Nos. 40 to 36 - (Mayflies & Big Flies)
"Welcome to the first 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)."

Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: South Korean baseball - AP/FOX Sports
"The biggest takeaway for me is it shows you much all of us want something to watch. I haven’t sat down and watched it, but I saw highlights online. It is weird to see a game with nobody in the stands. No fans."

As KBO season begins, Thames optimistic for MLB's chances - (MASN)
"Eric Thames, like so many other baseball players, media members and fans, turned on his television late Monday night to watch a real, live ballgame between two professional teams."

Jose Vidro got Sean Doolittle to Nationals - (MLB.com)
"The process of building a champion in the District began, in some ways, when the Expos moved from Montreal after the 2004 season and became the Nationals."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals 2020 MLB Draft Preview: Washington Must Replenish A Thin System - (Baseball America)
"DRAFT TRENDS: The Nationals have drafted a pitcher with their top pick three years in a row. They’ve also selected a pitcher with their top pick in six of the last eight years."

‘Which KBO team should I root for?’ We have you covered, and then some – (The Athletic)
"You already lost one superstar, but there miiiiight be one last bit of magic to be wrung from destiny’s washrag before everything starts to get wiped out."

The Nationals World Series run was one of the best in history, no matter what ESPN says - (wusa9.com)
"Last fall's World Series win was 15 years in the making for the Washington Nationals, but 95 years in the making for D.C."

FanGraphs Prep: Wins, Runs, and Pythagoras - (FanGraphs)
"For example, in 2019, the Washington Nationals scored 873 runs and allowed 724. Inputting those values into our equation (8732 / (8732 + 7242)) gives us an expected win% of .592 or an expected win-loss record of 96-66."

NL EAST UPDATES:

2 Phillies old and new still dominate the minds of NL East rivals - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"And if you needed proof that Nationals fans aren't the brightest bunch, they hate one of their franchise's best players ever. Just for taking a much better contract elsewhere. Makes sense."

New York fans missing out on Gerrit Cole, Jacob deGrom brilliance - (NY Post)
"They were already supposed to have six games in the books against the Nationals, seven against the Brewers, NINE against the Braves, even two against the Astros*, so we might already have built bridges and tunnels to Panic City by now."

Christian Yelich: Pregame work with Barry Bonds sparked career breakout - (Fish Stripes)
"[Barry] Bonds showed him how to 'clean up your bat path.' They began by having Yelich pound batting practice pitches directly in front of home plate, then gradually increase his launch angle to a line-drive level."

Liberty Media CEO sees early-July start to Braves season as likely option - (AJC.com)
"The chief executive of Braves owner Liberty Media suggested Thursday that the season could begin in early July without fans in attendance at Truist Park and other stadiums."