Excited as fans in the nation’s capital are about the Nationals adding Josh Bell’s bat to the lineup in D.C., the 28-year-old first baseman is equally enthusiastic about getting to live in Washington full time. Bell talked about his new home when he spoke to reporters shortly after the trade from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Christmas Eve.
“I think that it’s just a new opportunity, I’m definitely excited to get a new taste of D.C.” Bell said. “I’ve always loved going there, I have always loved the place as a whole, in regards to just how forward-thinking they are as a community and whatnot. So, I’m definitely stoked to be there, I don’t find it daunting at all, and just hopefully I can reach out to a couple of guys and find out where people are staying.
“I’ve heard the traffic can be something that is not looked forward to from time-to-time, but I think that especially as a baseball player we get to the field at the right time, so I shouldn’t have to deal with that too much.”
Good luck with avoiding D.C. traffic, Josh. Not sure that’s possible. Go read your links. You, the reader, not Josh. But he can too:
All the ballplayers whose careers ended in D.C. - (MASN)
"Below are all of the guys who played for the Nationals, then after getting released or traded or demoted never played in the majors again."
Stevenson relaxed at plate and in outfield for Nats in 2020 - (MASN)
"Recently, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo provided great insight on Andrew Stevenson as the potential fourth outfielder heading into 2021..."
The Nationals' all-time leaderboards - (MASN)
"Now that they’ve got 16 seasons under their belts, the Nationals have compiled enough history to make this exercise both informative and fun."
Checking In On Last Season's Worst Rotations - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"As was the case with the division-rival Braves, the Nationals’ rotation couldn’t get through 2020 without key injuries."
Trea Turner out-slugged Fernando Tatis Jr. in 2020. Huh.— Mike Petriello (@mike_petriello) January 3, 2021
Bill Wagner: Here’s what will happen in the world of sports in 2021 - (Baltimore Sun)
"Josh Bell regains the offensive form that made him a 2019 All-Star and gives the Washington Nationals the middle-of-the-order presence they need."
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Latest On Phillies, J.T. Realmuto - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"The Phillies reportedly have not made an offer to star catcher J.T. Realmuto in free agency. Read more at MLB Trade Rumors."
Mets unknown part of complex Tomoyuki Sugano sweepstakes - (NY Post)
"The Mets have been interested in Sugano, but neither the team nor Sugano’s representatives will verify who is in the late negotiations."
Nats players were told last week to plan for an on time start, just don’t put any non refundable deposits down on housing.— Britt Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) January 3, 2021
Evan with details: https://t.co/xLsdwS3ZBJ
Marlins ink Detwiler, sign 7 to Minors deals - (MLB.com)
"The Marlins signed veteran left-hander Ross Detwiler to a one-year Major League deal, the team announced on Sunday."
2021 Talking Chop Preseason Atlanta Braves Prospects List: Honorable Mentions - (Talking Chop)
"Talking Chop is kicking off 2021 with our Top 30 list, and we’ve got a fun list this year. The first article in our installment, as always, is going to be our honorable mentions list."