We’re busy digging out of two feet-ish of snow, so you’ll have to imagine some pithy quote or appropriate anecdote here as a lead-in to the day’s links. Surely there was something that made sense here as a quote to introduce today’s collection of Nationals-related stories so use that no-doubt vivid imagination of yours to make it happen here and then go read your links...
Tom Glavine has Juan Soto at the 'top of the list' of best players in MLB - (NBC Sports Washington)
"'Not only as one of the best young players in the game but just one of the best players in the game period.'" - Tom Glavine on Juan Soto
Welcome to DC: Top debut seasons for Nats - (MLB.com)
"3. Daniel Murphy, 2016 - Murphy made his mark on the Nats in just one season. In 2016, he set a franchise record when he hit .347..."
Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman uses his own bat to measure snowfall at his home - (NBC Sports Washington)
"For this specific 'Snow Stick Challenge,' though, Collins received a little help from the longest-tenured Washington National, Ryan Zimmerman."
Thanks to Mr. National Ryan Zimmerman for helping @patcollins4 with a snow measurement today! Zimm using a "stick" of his own during his special guest appearance. Shout out to @HeatherZiMS and the Zimmerman girls as well! @PatsSnowStick @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/8U38khKJiQ— NBC4 Sports (@NBC4Sports) February 1, 2021
Will players go for MLB's delayed, 154-game proposal? - (MASN)
"Unless pitchers and catchers don’t actually report on Feb. 17 as scheduled, which appears to be the preference of Major League Baseball."
Veteran MLB reporter Mel Antonen dies after COVID-19 bout - (Big League Stew)
"Antonen announced in June that he had contracted COVID-19 on top of being diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis that attacked his liver."
MLB announced the hirings of Michael Hill, Raul Ibañez, Joe Martinez, Rajai Davis and Bo Porter to its Baseball Operations Department. pic.twitter.com/oOZGCoQ1HE— MLB Communications (@MLB_PR) February 1, 2021
MLB Trade Rumors and News: Owners want to delay, shorten season - (MLB Daily Dish)
"Brad Hand was all but signed to the team before he switched it up and signed with the Nationals, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network."
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Phillies are showing they’re willing to spend money to address needs, after all - (The Morning Call)
"During his Dec. 10 introductory Zoom call, Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said, 'I don’t think I come in here and think we have an unlimited budget. … It’s more of doing things in a smart fashion.'"
Mets trade for Marlins' Jordan Yamamoto - (NY Post)
"On Monday, the team announced it acquired Jordan Yamamoto from the Miami Marlins for infielder Federico Polanco."
Marlins deal Yamamoto to Mets for prospect - (MLB.com)
"Yamamoto had been designated for assignment on Friday to make room on the 40-man roster for reliever Anthony Bass."
Chipper Jones returns to Atlanta Braves as part-time hitting consultant - (ESPN.com)
"Hall of Famer Chipper Jones is returning to the Atlanta Braves in a part-time capacity as a hitting consultant."