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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Should the Nationals pursue Prince Fielder?

While Prince Fielder has clearly established himself as one of the best power hitters in baseball, his physical makeup — and genetics — should give the Nationals pause when they consider pursuing him this offseason.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:01 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Should the Nationals pursue C.J. Wilson?

The Nationals have good young pitching in the majors and the minors, but as the old saying goes, you can never have enough pitching. With Rangers ace C.J. Wilson slated to go on the free agent market this offseason, should the Nationals make a play?

By Ryan Korby  |  03:38 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Too-early record projection for 2012 Nationals

For teams already out of the playoff race, unfounded optimism about a team’s chances of making next year’s playoffs starts right about now and grows until the last week in spring training. So how about those red-hot Nats?

By Ryan Korby  |  01:44 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Not ready for Livan Hernandez to leave the Nats

Livan Hernandez has proven with his play this season that he deserves a chance to play somewhere next year. As a fan, I hope it’s in Washington.

By Ryan Korby  |  02:36 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Nationals’ infield decisions mirror history

The Nationals should avoid the temptation to be too hasty when deciding which two players will be their middle infield of the future. As history has proven, it often pays to wait and see what you have before dealing a quality prospect at an overcrowded position.

By Ryan Korby  |  12:01 PM ET, 08/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 08/12/2011

Nationals amateur draft parallels previous opportunity

The Nationals were given a huge opportunity in the June amateur draft when they offered Adam Dunn arbitration and he chose not to re-sign. When the White Sox signed Dunn, the Nationals received Chicago’s first round pick and a supplemental...

By Ryan Korby  |  01:31 PM ET, 08/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 07/25/2011

Jayson Werth’s uphill climb

Jayson Werth is in an unenviable position. Even if he goes on a tear over the next two-plus months of the season to return to his career averages, fans won’t realize his full body of work until it’s over and then still won’t be able to forget his four months of futility.

By Ryan Korby  |  12:21 PM ET, 07/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 07/12/2011

Don’t hold your breath waiting for D.C. All-Star game

Watching the All-Star Game festivities this week has me pining for Washington’s turn to host baseball’s all-stars. I’ve got a bad feeling that fans like me will have to wait a long time until we get the chance to watch baseball’s best in the nation’s capital.

By Ryan Korby  |  03:15 PM ET, 07/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 06/21/2011

Despite advertising message, the Nationals are hard to define

A fun part of being a fan is having borderline-delusional expectations for your team. That’s why there are still Cubs fans. If the Nats continue to hang close to the wild card pack, what’s wrong with thinking they might get hot at the end and contend for a playoff spot?

By Ryan Korby  |  10:38 AM ET, 06/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 06/20/2011

Nats have limited options for inevitable roster move

Washington must brace itself for the loss of the best pitcher on its current staff when Jordan Zimmermann reaches his innings limit and is shut down for the season.

By Ryan Korby  |  10:26 AM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011

Nix, Coffey are commodities in trade market

If General Manager Mike Rizzo follows his modus operandi near the trade deadline, don’t be surprised if Laynce Nix and Todd Coffey are dealt for prospects as the Nats continue to build for the future.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:13 AM ET, 06/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:28 AM ET, 06/09/2011

No good options to solve Nats’ hitting problems

Futility at the plate seems to be the rule, not the exception for the Nats.

By Ryan Korby  |  10:28 AM ET, 06/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:41 AM ET, 05/16/2011

The greatest catch I ever saw

What a weekend to be Roger Bernadina. His inning-ending Superman catch on Friday night is the best catch I’ve ever seen.

By Ryan Korby  |  07:41 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 05/11/2011

Are new baseball strategies yielding different results?

The Milwaukee Brewers are employing an extreme defensive shift against left-handed and right-handed pull hitters. But is it working?

By Ryan Korby  |  11:28 AM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Silver lining to Ryan Zimmerman’s injury

One month into the 2011 season, the biggest news surrounding the Nats is off the field where their two best players are on the shelf for an extended period of time. But there may be a basketball-related silver lining to all of this.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:54 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/26/2011

Marquis rebounding nicely for Nats in 2011

After a dismal, injury-plagued first season in Washington, Jason Marquis is starting to perform like the pitcher the Nats expected to be a consistent, productive innings-eater one year ago.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2011

Desmond could break out of Nats-wide hitting slump first

The Nationals are above .500 and they’ve done it with basically no help from their batters.How much of it is bad luck and how much can we attribute to just poor performance?

By Ryan Korby  |  12:23 PM ET, 04/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 04/15/2011

Patience is a Nats virtue

There is one area of the baseball statistics world where there’s already a lot of data and it bodes well for the Nationals season at the plate: the number of pitches each hitter sees per plate appearance.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:17 AM ET, 04/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:50 AM ET, 04/12/2011

Fans want Riggleman on the hot seat

Having the experience of swinging a bat or throwing a curveball at the professional level still to this day gets you a pass over logic and probability. But when it comes to managing the team, give me the egghead who never even played minor league ball.

By Ryan Korby  |  08:50 AM ET, 04/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Transplant fans keep the Nationals’ pulse

Living out of the D.C. market has made me a more knowledgeable and connected fan of the Nationals and baseball.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:22 AM ET, 04/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/04/2011

Positive opening weekend for Nats despite record

There were some general trends from opening weekend that showed the Nationals might be a better team this year than last.

By Ryan Korby  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/28/2011

Little to be excited about after Morgan trade

The Nationals started spring training with two of the worst center fielders in 2010 fighting for the starting position. Now they just have one.

By Ryan Korby  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 03/16/2011

The Nationals player shirt selection process

Last year, I made the simple decision of going with a Strasburg shirt. I know I’ll feel kind of sad pulling it on this summer, so it’s important that I pick a player that gives Nats fans hope.

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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2011

First impressions from spring training

Spring Training games can be fascinating to watch or a good replacement for Lunesta, depending on what you focus on. Being one of the probably 10 fans nationwide who recorded the Nationals-Mets game on my DVR, here’s my impression on...

By Ryan Korby  |  11:10 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 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 09:08 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 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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