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Anthony Rendon is clearly more comfortable on defense than he has been in a while. He is putting together above average numbers in every aspect of the game this year so far. If he keeps this up he may well end up in the range of 4 to 5 WAR for the year. This is still less than his breakout 2014, but comfortably in line with our hopes and expectations.
Strasburg is the 2nd fastest pitcher ever (of 488) to reach 1,000 strikeouts. Kerry Wood did it in 853 innings. Strasburg did it in 855.1 innings. The youngest player ever to reach 1,000 strikeouts was Amos Rusie in 1892 at the tender age of 21. Amos was pitching over 500 innings a season and as many as 67 games, so he hit the 1,000 mark in just his 4th season at around 1,500 innings. It was a different time. Stephen Strasburg is going places (but staying with the Nats for at least three more years!).
Washington Nationals' bench coach Chris Speier got the better of the Philly Phanatic last night, pranking the prankster and turning the tables on the "loveable" mascot...
Bryce Harper played Catchphrase with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show last night and inadvertently dropped perhaps the funniest line of the evening. He also cheated.
Any one of these three moments is memorable by itself. Add them together and it's one for the ages!
The funny incident happened after the Washington Nationals' victory against the Miami Marlins, where the closer struck out Giancarlo Stanton for the final out.
The sound of bat meeting ball is so sweet. I can't wait to hear it another 100 times in the coming years. Bam! Bam! Bam! Anyone want to hazard a guess as to how long it takes him to reach 200?
This is what it looks like when an error-prone guy is learning to play the outfield on the fly. I don't think Desi had to deal with the warning track much when he played for the Nationals. Desi has two errors in ten games and has yet to wake up at the plate (4 for 42), but he's still starting every day in either left field or center field for the Rangers. Here's hoping his bat heats up soon and that he continues to amuse us and amaze us with his defense for years to come.
We've already seen Bryce Harper taking ice from his ice pack to make the perfect drink and we've seen data point Bryce Harper doing his thing with the iced hair, now it's napping Bryce Harper in the Washington Nationals' clubhouse. He's the new silent film star.
Johnny Bench has previously talked positively about Washington Nationals' slugger Bryce Harper and his brash comments and opinions, but the Hall of Fame catcher was less positive when discussing Harper's talk of baseball being "tired" and needing more personality.
That is Max Scherzer on the mound facing Bryce Harper. How many people can you identify (or guess at)? This is a 360 degree camera, so be sure to look in all directions! The video quality isn't the highest ever, but it's really cool to be in there watching and listening from up close.