Dusty Baker

Dave Martinez a perfect fit for the Nationals

Washington manager Dave Martinez enters his new job knowing he’ll be deemed a success only if he wins at least one playoff series in 2018.<p>A big part of ending one historic drought in Chicago, Martinez now moves on to Drought 2.0 in D.C.<p>After waiting years for a chance to slide over into the …

Joe Maddon

Looking Back at the 2017 Postseason

The 2017 postseason was capped by one of the best World Series in recent memory. (via Keith Allison 1 2 3, TonyTheTiger and Michelle Jay).The 2017 …

Major League Baseball

HOFer Joe Morgan's letter urges voters to keep steroid users out of Hall

Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan is urging voters to keep “known steroid users” out of Cooperstown.<p>A day after the Hall revealed its 33-man …

Ervin Santana

LA Angels add four prospects to 40-man roster

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 18: Dusty Baker<p><b>In order to meet the deadline for Rule 5 draft protection, the LA Angels have added four prospects to the 40-man</b> …

Chicago Cubs at Miami Marlins will start Major League Baseball season

CLOSE<p>The story of Reds second base prospect Shed Long and the story of the baseball minor leagues, the long, winding path to big-league fame, fortune …

Cincinnati Reds

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This Friday is the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball.<p>While his legacy as a trailblazing athlete …

Jackie Robinson

Reflecting on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot

The annual ritual of discussing the merits of recently retired baseball players is one of my favorite periods on the baseball calendar. And it’s a …

Cincinnati Reds

Confessions of a Fake Manager: What I Learned

Image credit: USA Today Sports<p><i>In an effort to become the perfect SaberManager™, I’m taking over the 2005 Cubs and leading them through a simulated</i> …

Baseball

2017 MLB Offseason Preview: Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals (97-65), 1st in the NL East<p><b>Free Agents</b>: OF Jayson Werth, RP Brandon Kintzler, IF/OF Howie Kendrick, 1B/LF Adam Lind, IF Stephen …

Baseball

Sunday Notes: Mike Rizzo and the Nats’ Analytical Wavelength

When I talked to Mike Rizzo in Orlando earlier this week, he told me the Washington Nationals have an eight-person analytics department that includes …

Sports Analytics

Nationals Name Dave Martinez Manager

<b>NOV. 18:</b> Martinez will make $2.8MM over the next three years. His 2021 option is valued at $1.2MM, giving his contract a maximum of $4MM over four …

Baseball

Saltzman: What I am Thankful For as a San Francisco Giants Fan

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 4: Three of the San Francisco Giants World Series trophies sit on display during a retirement ceremony for pitcher Jeremy …

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Baseball’s New Organization Men

The tone of this <i>Daily News</i> article reflects the current order of things in Major League Baseball (and, I assume, the bushes as well), where the game …

Conservative View

Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner would have fired Joe Girardi even if he won World Series - CBSSports.com

Hal Steinbrenner apparently had his heart set on finding a new manager no matter what<p>Three weeks ago, the Yankees somewhat surprisingly parted ways …

Major League Baseball

Giants helped facilitate Meulens' interview with Yankees

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants moved Hensley Meulens to bench coach last month in part so that their former hitting coach could prepare for a future as a …

Baseball

Cy Young gold -- and bronze -- show Nats are more than just Bryce Harper

So, about that window.<p>You know, that Washington Nationals window everyone has been talking about. The supposedly small window that will slam shut at …

Bryce Harper

Our picks for MLB MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year

USA TODAY Sports' panel of nine baseball writers and editors submitted selections for the game's major awards at the end of the season and now, with the major awards released this week by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, it's time to peek at the results.<p>And if our totals are any …

Sports

Win 1 for the skippers: Molitor, Lovullo honored

Twins, D-backs managers earn award for first time in careers<p>The Twins' Paul Molitor was named the American League Manager of the Year and the …

Torey Lovullo

Baseball Wants Kinder, Gentler Managers

Orlando, Fla.<p>Dusty Baker managed the Washington Nationals to the National League’s second-best record in 2017. John Farrell guided the Boston Red Sox to their second straight title in perhaps baseball’s most competitive division. Joe Girardi helmed a “rebuilding” New York Yankees squad that defied …

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Washington Nationals: Grading Sean Doolittle’s 2017

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Pitcher Sean Doolittle<p>For the Washington Nationals this summer, no question Sean Doolittle indeed “Doooed” it as their …

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How the Nationals and Cardinals ‘accidentally’ traded pitching coaches

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The St. Louis Cardinals had almost finished interviewing candidates to be their new pitching coach when a surprising new option became available. As the Nationals parted ways with Dusty Baker, they allowed Mike Maddux’s contract to expire, too.<p>“When that happened, we had to …

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Dave Martinez to make around $1 million per season to manage Nationals

Dave Martinez's contract to manage the Washington Nationals is a three-year deal for $2.8 million, according to the <i>Washington Post</i>.<p>The Post reports there is a fourth year option for $1.2 million.<p>Dusty Baker, who the Nats fired after the team fell in the National League Division Series to the …

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Chicago Cubs: Pondering what could have been with Mark Prior and Kerry Wood

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 18: Kerry Wood<p>The careers of former Chicago Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Mark Prior are remembered with a degree of fondness, but …

Sports

What Dusty Baker’s firing means for the Miami Marlins

Washington decided not to bring manager Dusty Baker back after their fourth straight exit from the NLDS. While new manager Davy Martinez is certainly …

Miami Marlins

Analytics And Cost Containment Are Essential When Hiring New Crop Of MLB Managers

The Houston Astros are champions of baseball and have fulfilled the prophecy of Ben Reiter at Sports Illustrated when he proclaimed three years ago on the cover the franchise would be hoisting the Commissioner’s trophy in 2017. The emergence of first round draft selections Alex Bregman (second …

Baseball

The GM meetings begin this week. What’s on the agenda for the Nationals’ Mike Rizzo?

The general manager meetings begin in Orlando this week, and the normally laid-back gathering promises more work than normal for Nationals GM Mike Rizzo. He, along with Royals GM Dayton Moore, came up in the annual rotation to plan these meetings, which last until Thursday and include three front …

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At general managers’ meetings, the Nationals are only looking to tinker

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — As questions about Giancarlo Stanton, Shohei Otani, and other weighty baseball topics floated around him in the courtyard of the Waldorf Astoria, Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo stood with a smaller crowd of reporters than many of his general manager …

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Nationals to pay new Manager Dave Martinez a base salary of about $1 million per year

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Mike Rizzo’s work in Florida this week won’t conclude when he and his peers around the majors disperse from the general managers’ meetings at the Waldorf Astoria on Wednesday afternoon. Instead of jumping on a flight home, the Nationals general manager will drive south to …

Sports

Washington Nationals: 2017 Season Review and Offseason Preview

What went right, what went wrong, and what are the top priorities for the Washington Nationals this offseason?<p>In many ways, the Washington Nationals …

Sports

Max Scherzer on Nationals’ new coaching staff: ‘Sometimes change is good’

Max Scherzer, who next week could become the 10th player in history to win three Cy Young Awards, was voted the National League’s Outstanding Pitcher by his peers as part of MLB’s Players Choice Awards announced Wednesday. Players voted Scherzer’s Nationals teammate, Ryan Zimmerman, the NL’s …

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