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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals on fans in Nationals Park; Patrick Corbin’s slow curve + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see if the first cuts of the spring come on today’s off day...

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So, about that 64 MPH curve that Patrick Corbin dropped into the mix in Thursday’s outing against the Miami Marlins? Could he ... possibly throw it slower? More slowly Whatevers.

“Yeah, I probably could,” Corbin told reporters after the outing. “I think you can always go slower. I don’t know. It seems like it’s a pitch that guys don’t really want to swing at. It’s almost a free strike a lot of the times. Especially if you can locate it. And I think you’ve seen success throughout the league. Zack Greinke I think does it the best. I know he always wanted throw one in the 50s, so maybe we’ll get down there. I know if I throw one slower than he did, he’s going to probably want to throw one even slower.”

The purpose of that pitch?

“You try to throw it enough just as something different out there, try to get ahead with it, but I don’t know, I feel like if I can locate it, it’s something that I can maybe steal a strike here and there,” Corbin said.

“That’s probably the one pitch that I still don’t feel like is where it needs to be at this point.

“But that’s what we have Spring for, to continue to build up on it to where it’s something that I can throw more than once a game, or twice.”

Go read your links...

NATS BEAT:

With increased velocity, Corbin feeling more like himself - (MASN)
"Corbin didn’t know the precise numbers, but he did know things felt better as he threw three scoreless innings against the Marlins..."

Mike Rizzo reflects on Max Scherzer’s contract, place in Nationals lore - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Our mantra here is when we are talking that kind of years and that kind of money, we like to say that you’re signing the person more so than the player..."

Nationals bond during cabbage relay - (MLB.com)
"The Nats also have adjusted their daily circle of trust morning team meeting to follow the guidelines."

Luis García looking to win spot on Nationals roster - (MLB.com)
"Luis García's Major League experience has changed since last Spring Training, but his goals have not."

Nationals owner Mark Lerner ‘hopeful’ fans will return to stands in 2021 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has preached patience while the city’s health officials evaluate the ever-changings effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the region."

A letter to Nationals fans from Mark D. Lerner - (Curly W Live)
“Greetings from The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches! I hope you all are doing well as the weather begins to feel more like spring up in the D.C. area.”

Soto sits again, Rainey throws again, cabbage races again - (MASN)
"Soto was scratched from the lineup and told to take it easy today and just work out at the complex."

How to evaluate Kieboom midway through camp - (MASN)
"Kieboom has played in six Grapefruit League games to date, and his stats are fairly pedestrian."

Marcell Ozuna vs. Kyle Schwarber vs. Dom Smith: Who’s the best LF in NL East? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"While Schwarber won’t rack up a high batting average, he should be counted on for about 30 home runs and 20 doubles."

Let’s carefully allow some fans inside Nationals Park - (WaPost)
“But it’s a measure of how far we have come that — three weeks before the Washington Nationals will open their season at Nationals Park — the pertinent question about that April 1 date with the New York Mets is, ‘They’re not really going to play with zero fans in the stands, right?’”

Patrick Corbin looks forward to normalcy in the 2021 season - (WJLA)
"The lefty has only been with the Nationals for two years, and what a difference both years were."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Adam Eaton: Smooth return to Chicago White Sox - (Chicago Tribune)
"Traded from the Sox to the Washington Nationals in December 2016, Eaton has made the smooth transition back to the team this spring after signing a one-year deal as a free agent."

NL East X-factors: Returns of Noah Syndergaard, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Soroka could change division race - (CBSSports.com)
"Even when the Washington Nationals won the World Series in 2019, they suffered from a serious championship hangover during the abbreviated 2020 season."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Archie Bradley recalls facing Bryce Harper as teenagers on the travel ball circuit - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Archie Bradley and Bryce Harper go way back. Their matchups more than a decade ago in Oklahoma and Florida came up Thursday..."

A detailed scouting report on Mets top pitching prospect Matt Allan - (SNY - YouTube)
"Baseball Night in New York takes a closer look at Mets Top Prospect Matt Allan, who has been paired with Jacob deGrom throughout the early days of Spring Training."

Miami Marlins’ Zach Pop plays first game since Tommy John | Miami Herald
Miami Marlins reliever Zach Pop, acquired in a trade after the Rule 5 draft, played in his first live game in nearly two years since undergoing Tommy John surgery.

What’s the best Braves bench with their current options? - (AJC.com)
"The Braves have three more weeks until opening day, giving them plenty of time to further evaluate the individuals competing for spots on their bench."