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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals & Philadelphia Phillies decide not to play series finale; Next stop Boston + more Nats news...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before Max Scherzer pitches in Fenway Park tonight...

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What did the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals hope to accomplish by making the decision to not playing their series finale last night in the aftermath of shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by police on Sunday and the protests which followed in Kenosha, WI?

“We want change,” Philly skipper Joe Girardi explained. “We want this to be the best place in the world to live. And unless we do something about it, it’s not going to be and I don’t think that’s how this country was founded, I really don’t.”

“We go through this day in day out,” Nats’ manager Davey Martinez said in the joint Zoom conference call with Girardi.

“I hear from the players how they struggle, knowing that we’re trying to do our best to go out there and play this game, but there’s things going on in this world that they can’t put aside. It’s time to speak up. I think that’s the message we’re trying to send out.

“We’ve got to speak up. Like Joe said, we’ve got to change, and we’ve got to change now. It ain’t going to get any better if these guys don’t speak up and we don’t speak up.”

“Things have to change,” Martinez said at another point. “You guys know how I feel about it. There’s ugliness in this world, and it needs to be fixed, and it needs to start now.”



Nationals, Phillies jointly decide not to play series finale - (WaPost)
"The Nationals said the game will be made up as part of a doubleheader Sept. 22, beginning at 3:05 p.m., with each game scheduled for seven innings."

Nationals-Phillies game postponed amid growing sports protest movement - (WaPost)
"When Joe Girardi called Dave Martinez around 2:15 p.m., the two managers were quickly in agreement: The Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies were not going to play baseball Thursday night."

Nationals and Phillies will not play Thursday night in protest - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Martinez and Phillies manager Joe Girardi then hosted a joint press conference before ceding the microphones to Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins and Nationals utility man Josh Harrison."

Other Nats Stories:

Nats expect Kieboom to return once swing progresses - (MASN)
"It was not, manager Davey Martinez insisted, a reflection of a change in the organization’s long-term belief in Kieboom."

The Nationals rely on the ‘eye test’ to scout players. That’s not an option this year - (WaPost)
"They need a reliever or two, could use a depth starter and would benefit from a veteran bat, if the front office still feels, as it did a short while ago, that a stumbling club is worth adding to."

Nationals have to adapt trade deadline approach with scouts in stadiums - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For the draft. For advance work. For tidbits not on a spreadsheet. Rizzo developed the Nationals’ analytics department after settling the scouting group."

Will Nats buy at Deadline? Yes, if price is right - (
"An important wrinkle to this year’s Trade Deadline is that teams can only trade players who are part of their 60-man player pool (assigned either to the big league team or the alternate training site)."


Will Phils make more trades before Deadline? - (
"The Phillies entered Spring Training in February with postseason expectations, so they knew they could not stand pat and see if the bullpen simply started to pitch better. They needed to act."

Mets owners Fred, Jeff Wilpon rip Brodie Van Wagenen for hot-mic comments - (NY Post)
"The Wilpons didn’t let Brodie Van Wagenen’s apology be the last word regarding Thursday’s hot-mic video flap."

Mets, Marlins make powerful statement, exit field - (
"In a powerful show of protest, the Mets and Marlins walked off the field on Thursday after observing a 42-second moment of silence on the eve of Jackie Robinson Day."

Jared Shuster Could Just Be Scratching Surface - (Baseball America)
"Shuster was the team’s first-rounder from Wake Forest. His college production wasn’t exciting, with an ERA exceeding 6.00, but the Braves saw him make significant strides since the Cape Cod League last summer."