Washington Nationals

Doolittle and Madson traded from A's to Nationals
If you know me and read this blog then you are likely an A’s fan already know the latest Oakland Athletics’ news from the weekend. On Sunday night the Oakland Athletics traded two relievers to the Washington Nationals: fan-favorite Sean Doolittle along with Ryan Madson. Yes, the news is sad. Everyone loved both Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan. They are warm, welcoming, friendly people who have given back to not only the Oakland Athletics’ fan community and the entire Bay Area but also to people around the world, hosting Syrian refugees to their first Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. Doo […]

Doolittle and Madson acquired by Nats to boost bullpen, my ...

division series, American League Championship Series, National League Championship Series, National League Division Series
2016 Division Series Coverage Don’t forget to keep an eye out for my daily coverage of both the American League Championship Series between the Cleveland Indians and the Toronto Blue Jay and the National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs!! Here’s the deal on each Division Series after the conclusion of each day’s Division Series games**:  ALDS:  Toronto Blue Jays @ Texas Rangers (*the @ sign signifies the team with home field with advantage): Game 1: Toronto 10, Texas 1 – Texas ace LHP Cole Hamels got hammered by the Blue Jays’ lineup – […]

2016 Division Series: daily recaps & updates – Final Update! ...

NLDS Game 5
Baseball in October. There really isn’t anything like it. Serious intensity, historic achievements, sometimes complete absurdity – and just when you think you have seen it all, there’s more. The Chicago Cubs ninth inning comeback to defeat the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night was one of those games, or so we all thought. We all thought, “Wow, now that was insane and intense and potential history in the making.” While that NLDS Game 5 may still be potential history in the making, the show put on by the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals’ Park may […]

Thought the Cubs win was crazy? Then you didn’t see ...

As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series ...

steals home
Why am I writing about something other than the Oakland A’s or the AL West? Well, simply because stealing home is rare, it’s cool and it’s just kind of bad ass! You just don’t see it everyday. With the Washington Nationals up 6-1 on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner decided to take it upon himself to make the score 7-1. With shortstop Danny Espinosa in a rundown between first and second in the bottom of the sixth inning after a pickoff attempt to first trying to get Espinosa,  Turner took off. Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalezwas in the midst of throwing […]

Nats Trea Turner steals home against Dodgers (video)

With one week of spring training in the books, here are the top three things we learned It’s’ the beginning of a new season. Spring Training began as pitchers and catchers reported late last week and position players started to arrive early on this week.  Of course there are going to be at least a few interesting situations that will go down in this first week or two of Spring Training. It happens every year beginning with almost every player declaring “I’m in the best shape of my life” to there being so many new faces on some of the […]

3 fun lessons we learned during the first week of ...

opt-out clauses, cespedes, committed to cespedes
Why hasn‘t anyone committed to Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes is one of the biggest names free still left on the free agent market. He probably didn’t expect to find himself without a job in January but no one has committed to Cespedes yet.That doesn’t mean there isn’t a market for outfielders; other big names are still looking for the right offer. Alex Gordon and Justin Upton are both looking for homes in 2016 and beyond. There are more than a few teams that are on the lookout for an outfielder as well, specifically for Cespedes. The Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, San […]

No one’s committed to Cespedes, For the Angels it should ...

mlb hot stove
What happened last week in MLB Hot Stove land? Here’s a quick review: Well a lot more happened this week than I’m going to actually talk about but here’s a quick recap of the last few days in MLB Hot Stove land. A couple rumors and some signings: Texas Rangers Texas Rangers sign former number one overall draft pick, Matt Bush, by the San Diego Padres in 2004 to a minor league deal. He is attempting a comeback after spending three years in prison for a DUI hit and run that almost killed someone. The Rangers agreed to a one-year […]

Quick MLB Hot Stove review: 12/14 – 12/20

free agents
Will teams looking to trade for outfielders hurt the remaining OF free agents? The Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is suddenly on the trading block.  Teams looking at Gonzalez include the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, all of whom could desperately use an outfielder (or two). Gonzalez started out slow in 2015, coming off of an injury plagued 2014, but had such a strong second half that he was able to rebuild his trade value. April and May were terrible for Gonzalez who hit just .219 with four homers. He picked it up starting in June […]

Teams beginning to look into trades instead of signing free ...

It’s hot stove season, which means it’s time for free agency rumors to swirl. Here at Today’s Knuckleball, we polled our writers and had them rank this season’s free agent class. The process was simple; each writer provided his or her top-25 free agents. A first-place vote netted 25 points, a second-place vote 24, and so on. That left us with our top-25 free agents, as decided by our writers.  Coming in 23rd, with 55 points in the voting: starting pitcher Marco Estrada. [UPDATE – Reports indicate that Estrada and the Blue Jays have agreed in principle to two-year deal, the […]

TKB Free Agent Profile #23: Marco Estrada

It appears that all but one vacant manager positions were filled within the last week, most within the last couple of days. The San Diego Padres fired former manager Bud Black in June and the Miami Marlins fired manager Mike Redmond in May and made the bizarre choice to put general manager Dan Jennings in his place. That did not work out as the Marlins went 71-91 (55-69 with Jennings as manager) in 2015. Now Jennings is out of a managerial job as well as his general manager job.  News of the end of Jennings’ tenure with the Marlins was reported […]

The managers and executives shuffle

Mattingly, Nationals, manager
Mattingly would fit well with Nationals As you all already must know, the Los Angeles Dodgers and manager Don Mattingly have parted ways. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report the split and the mutual decision was later made official Thursday afternoon on the Dodgers’ official Twitter account. The Dodgers and Don Mattingly have mutually agreed that Mattingly will not return to manage the club in 2016. pic.twitter.com/60xujjrob6 — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) October 22, 2015 Both reports stated that the decision was mutual; however, speculation about Mattingly’s job security has run rampant for months, if not the entire five years […]

Nationals managerial search should turn towards Mattingly