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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ 2020 season ends; Juan Soto wins NL batting title + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours before the start of the 2021 campaign ... next, uh, March or April or something. Jeez, that’s far away...

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So, is there anything the Washington Nationals can take from the late-season run, which saw them win 7 of 9 games down the stretch and apply to the 2021 campaign?

“I’m going to sit back and take in all the positives this year and the growth of some of these guys that I’ve seen this year, and build off of that for 2021,” Davey Martinez said after Sunday afternoon’s season finale.

Martinez was happy that his team fought till the end and never gave up even when it was clear a return to the postseason wasn’t in the cards.

“We’ve said it many times, these guys don’t quit,” Martinez added.

“They play hard every day, and you saw what they did the last nine games, so I’m proud of them hanging in there, and finishing up strong like they did.”

Stressing the positives is so Davey. Go read your links. Saying that is so us.

NATS BEAT:

Soto win NL batting title:

Juan Soto becomes first Nationals player to win batting title - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Juan Soto’s second-inning single up the middle Sunday wrapped up the National League batting title for him."

Soto on NL batting title: "It feels really good" - (MASN)
"1-for-1 with a walk Sunday means Soto ends the season hitting .351. Braves’ first baseman Freddie Freeman finished second, going 1-for-4 with a .341 batting average."

Juan Soto wins 2020 National League batting title - (MLB.com)
"Juan Soto’s season began with him standing in his living room, taking swings in sync with games on TV while quarantined on the COVID-19 injured list."

2020 Season Stories:

A strange, strange Nationals season has come to an end - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Nothing about 2020 baseball at Nationals Park was normal, including a reporter’s path to their seat. The preparation, play and departures were bizarre."

Nationals end their 2020 season with a win - (WaPost)
“The Nationals’ 2020 season was disappointing, but there is plenty of good to focus on now that it’s over.”

Other Nationals Stuff:

Soto, Scherzer and Doolittle honored with end-of-season awards - (MASN)
"The Nationals announced the winners of the fifth annual end-of-season awards voted on by members of the local media."

Doolittle wants to show 'best version' in FA - (MLB.com)
"Sean Doolittle will be entering uncharted waters when he becomes a free agent this offseason for the first time in his nine-year Major League career."

Stevenson's September surge is hard to ignore - (MASN)
"Andrew Stevenson is batting .351 with a .415 on-base percentage and 1.117 OPS that outranks any Nationals player not named Juan Soto."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Bryce Harper doesn't want Phillies' J.T. Realmuto on another NL East team - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Chief among those important decisions is re-signing catcher J.T. Realmuto, something former Nationals slugger Bryce Harper says should be a top priority."

The Washington Nationals Should Get J.T. Realmuto — (The Nats Report)
"With the offseason rapidly approaching, the biggest free-agents will become the talk of the baseball world, and on that list is sitting a significant upgrade at Catcher: J.T. Realmuto and the Washington Nationals shouldn't miss out."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Philadelphia Phillies eliminated from playoff contention after loss to Rays - (6abc Philadelphia)
"'It's frustrating because you see the team that you have around you and you know that we should be there, we should easily be there... it's a really really sucky situation to be in,' said Andrew McCutchen after Saturday night's loss."

Mets enter new era after missing playoffs again in 2020; here's why things could turn around under Steve Cohen - (CBSSports.com)
"Even with an expanded postseason field, the New York Mets will not play October baseball for the fourth consecutive year."

Ureña hit by line drive, fractures forearm - (MLB.com)
"An X-ray on Ureña revealed a non-displaced ulna fracture in his right forearm. Marte suffered a left ear contusion, with the bruise caused by his helmet being dislodged."

Braves lose finale to Red Sox, finish 35-25 - (AJC.com)
"The Braves might have MLB’s best offensive duo in Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna, both of whom made MVP and even triple crown pushes across the truncated season."