Box Seats: Nationals


Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 02/01/2011

NL East position rankings: shortstop

It’s time to rank the NL East shortstops. I want to note that although the perception of the shortstop has changed with the careers of Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and other players who could swing a bat, the position is...

By Ryan Korby  |  09:27 AM ET, 02/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 01/31/2011

Why Justin Duchsherer is not a Nat

The Nationals lost a bargain bin battle last night against the Orioles in a fight for right-handed pitcher Justin Duchsherer. It's a free agency fight that I predicted the the Nats wouldn't win, but in a world where your blog...

By Ryan Korby  |  08:52 AM ET, 01/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 01/25/2011

NL East position rankings: second base

Our look at how the Nationals measure up against the rest of the NL East at each position brings us to second base. Once again, I’m only looking at what can be expected of each player in 2011, not the...

By Ryan Korby  |  10:24 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Piling up Pirates in Nats Town

We all have our vices. Former Nationals General Manager Jim Bowden had a penchant for picking up former Reds, and rightfully so, since many were players he originally drafted or traded for when he held the same position with the...

By Ryan Korby  |  08:00 AM ET, 01/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:42 AM ET, 01/17/2011

So you think you can be a Racing President?

There are not many part-time jobs I’d be willing to commute more than 200 miles to, except this one: Racing President, Nationals Park. It combines two of my passions, running and the Racing Presidents. On the face of it, the...

By Ryan Korby  |  10:42 AM ET, 01/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/11/2011

NL East position rankings: first base

It’s time to take a first look at how the Nationals stack up against the rest of the NL East at each position. Let’s start with the position that the Nats filled most recently, first base. In these rankings, I’m...

By Ryan Korby  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2011

Nationals' after-Christmas shopping

Two free agents about to make their decisions on whether to come to the Nationals could be the difference between a team that improves on its 69-93 record in 2010 or takes a step back. At a quick glance, I...

By Ryan Korby  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:28 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Nationals making moves for 2012

The Nationals’ offseason moves are starting to make it look like the team will be competitive, but not in 2011. A common guess at the end of the 2010 season was that the front office would be content to suffer...

By Ryan Korby  |  08:28 AM ET, 12/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 12/09/2010

Baseball's winter meetings, 140 characters at a time

The proliferation of Twitter among sports beat writers across the United States is the direct reason I have spent 1000 percent more time this year following baseball’s winter meetings than last year. It’s amazing how each 140-character message after 140-character...

By Ryan Korby  |  08:30 AM ET, 12/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/07/2010

'Tis the season of change

By signing Jayson Werth, the Washington Nationals have proven that this offseason will be anything but boring for their fans. If the Nats had signed a first base replacement for Adam Dunn first or a starting pitcher to bolster the...

By Ryan Korby  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 12/06/2010

For what it's Werth

Now, I love Charlie Pierce. I really do. He’s one of my favorite writers, and I’ve never been able to read Bill Simmons in the same fashion since Charlie took on and destroyed The Big Book of Basketball. But as...

By Ryan Cooper  |  05:32 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2010

Nationals' new duds a dud

Those are some nice new batting practice jerseys the Nationals unveiled last night. Wait, what? Those are their new game jerseys? Send them back, send them back! As ugly as the 2010 version of the Nats jerseys were, these new...

By Ryan Korby  |  11:59 AM ET, 11/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 11/09/2010

The Nationals' free agency pitch

Free agency season has begun for Major League Baseball and Washington won’t be spending its time on the back-burner. The Nationals are part of many of the hot stove stories this offseason. The Nats have been mentioned as players in...

By Ryan Korby  |  08:18 AM ET, 11/09/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 11/02/2010

The Dunn decision

By Ryan Korby A few weeks ago, I argued that the Nationals should sign Adam Dunn to a long-term contract, but last week’s announcement that Dunn is a Type A free agent makes the decision much harder. The Nationals seem...

By Box Seats blogger  |  08:43 AM ET, 11/02/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:38 AM ET, 10/19/2010

President's Race bullies Teddy

By Ryan Korby It’s been another year and another winless season for Washington’s lovable loser, “Racing” Teddy Roosevelt. I for one am not in the “Let Teddy Win” camp. Not yet at least. Teddy is the quintessential jobber. If you...

By Box Seats blogger  |  08:38 AM ET, 10/19/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 10/14/2010

Legend of the fall

By Ryan Korby Bryce Harper will get his next test as a professional baseball player when he joins his teammates on Sunday in the Arizona Fall League. He’s ready for it and the Nationals are right for sending him. Some...

By Box Seats blogger  |  10:05 AM ET, 10/14/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 10/08/2010

Playoff teams? Not a fan

By Ryan Korby I’ve always found jumping onto the bandwagon of a playoff team when my favorite team isn’t in it a useless endeavor. The arguments for a Nationals fan backing another team for a month are all a little...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:53 AM ET, 10/08/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 09/30/2010

Robo-Dunn

By Ryan Korby Reflecting back on Adam Dunn’s first -- and maybe last --two years as a National, the thing that Washington will most miss about the big fella, whenever he leaves, is his consistency at the plate. I took...

By Box Seats blogger  |  05:00 PM ET, 09/30/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 09/28/2010

October baseball with the Nationals

By Ryan Korby This weekend provides a unique opportunity for a Nationals expatriate in Hoboken, N.J. The Nats play the Mets in a virtually meaningless three-game series at Citi Field to close the season. Since I only visit the D.C....

By Box Seats blogger  |  01:30 PM ET, 09/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Kast away - Nats president throws it back

By Evan Bliss Stan Kasten resigned as President of the Washington Nationals. I’d be elated or depressed if I had any clue what that meant. It’s tough to tell who deserves more credit or blame for where the Nationals sit...

By Box Seats blogger  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 09/24/2010

Kasten's grade: Incomplete

By Ryan Korby Stan Kasten’s greatest skill is what is keeping me from deciding whether his resignation as Washington Nationals President is ultimately good or bad for the team. Kasten is a master at playing things close to the vest....

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:08 AM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 09/21/2010

Nationals progress, predicting success

By Ryan Korby The good news is that the Washington Nationals have already topped their 2009 win total. The bad news is that some are claiming that as a sign of progress. Following two straight 59-win seasons, being on the...

By Box Seats blogger  |  09:58 AM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 09/15/2010

A Dunn deal

By Ryan Korby If the Nationals choose not to re-sign Adam Dunn, the team should raise a white flag in front of the gate in centerfield. Failing to sign Dunn would be a clear signal that the Nationals are choosing...

By Box Seats blogger  |  01:56 PM ET, 09/15/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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