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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #226: August 04, 2023, 10:32:09 PM »
Look who is 6th in MLB in OPS after a slow start to the year. And still just 24.

https://www.mlb.com/stats/

Struck out looking though tonight his first two at bats.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #227: August 05, 2023, 10:48:46 AM »
https://m.youtube.com/shorts/zuZlftGuW5U

I guess it worked. He went 1-4 and no errors.



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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #229: August 05, 2023, 09:30:24 PM »
This is so good

https://twitter.com/tarynnbcs/status/1687934396014170112?s=46&t=dmm2hucUILUPoHBR7vi1Kg

More at that Twitter account. Bryce Harper is a Hall of Famer, but it makes sports great that even a random name call up who never makes an appearance can use a jersey to make an impact for fans, especially young ones.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #230: August 06, 2023, 09:40:52 PM »
Candy hitting .571. Sign him next year Rizzo!!


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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #232: August 08, 2023, 10:32:14 PM »
Giolito and Scherzer both pitching on the west coast tonight.  Giolito does not look very good.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #233: August 14, 2023, 08:14:01 PM »
Max strikes out the side in the first. Including Ohtani in first time he has faced him. Looks like he is throwing harder than in New York.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #234: August 15, 2023, 09:53:25 PM »
Daniel Murphy retires from his comeback bid.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #235: August 16, 2023, 07:06:51 AM »
Daniel Murphy retires from his comeback bid.

Sad...he was hitting .295 for the LAA PCL team

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The Angels informed reporters that infielder Daniel Murphy has again retired (relayed by Sam Blum of the Athletic). The three-time All-Star had been in Triple-A with Los Angeles after signing a minor league deal a couple months ago.

Murphy had been out of professional baseball for more than two years. He’d first announced his retirement in January 2021. The 38-year-old began a comeback attempt in March, signing with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League. After teeing off on independent ball pitching at a .331/.410/.451 clip, he got another affiliated look with the Halos.

The two-time Silver Slugger award winner played 38 games with the Angels’ top affiliate in Salt Lake. He hit .295 with a strong .379 on-base percentage, walking more often than he struck out. That’s no small feat for a player who’d only recently begun to face professional pitching, but Murphy only connected on one home run in 169 plate appearances in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.

While Murphy’s comeback attempt didn’t get him back to the majors, he had a decent showing at the top minor league level. Of course, he had an excellent MLB run before his first retirement. A 12-year big league veteran, Murphy hit .296/.341/.455 with 138 homers in a little under 1500 career games. A high-contact but low-power second baseman early in his career with the Mets, Murphy had a barrage during the 2015 postseason. He homered in seven straight games and won NLCS MVP honors as New York played its way to the Fall Classic.

Murphy would lead the National League in slugging and OPS two years later, raking at a .347/.390/.595 clip in the first season of a three-year free agent contract with the Nationals. He earned his second All-Star nod and a runner-up finish in NL MVP balloting that season. Murphy made it back to the All-Star Game and some MVP ballots the following year, when he hit .322/.384/.543 with an NL-best 43 doubles.

The Jacksonville product had a quality 2018 campaign split between Washington and the Cubs. He inked a two-year, $24MM deal with the Rockies but didn’t make much of a power impact, hitting .269/.316/.429 in Denver to close out his MLB career. Best wishes to Murphy in his return to post-playing days.

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/08/daniel-murphy-retires-2.html

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #236: August 16, 2023, 08:40:57 AM »
TBH, Rizzo should pick up the phone to him if the Nats decide they aren't bringing Smith back. That's a nice lefty bat, even if he's a half-time platoon 1B/DH.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #237: August 16, 2023, 10:11:28 AM »
TBH, Rizzo should pick up the phone to him if the Nats decide they aren't bringing Smith back. That's a nice lefty bat, even if he's a half-time platoon 1B/DH.

Luis Garcia needs to pick his brain

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #238: August 16, 2023, 10:43:42 AM »
Luis Garcia needs to pick his brain
would help if they were on the same team. Heck, offer him a coaching slot.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #239: August 16, 2023, 11:29:07 AM »
would help if they were on the same team. Heck, offer him a coaching slot.
He'd be an outstanding hitting coach.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #240: August 16, 2023, 01:37:07 PM »
TBH, Rizzo should pick up the phone to him if the Nats decide they aren't bringing Smith back. That's a nice lefty bat, even if he's a half-time platoon 1B/DH.

That's why I thought the Nats should sign him when he was hitting for the LI Ducks. Murphy was always a tough hitter: we all remember when he played for the Mets and Nats' pitchers just could not get him out. And then he signed with Washington and the team had one of its best hitting lineups (except for that catcher).

It sounds like Murph gave it up when the hopeless Angels refused to promote him around the trade deadline.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #241: August 16, 2023, 02:00:58 PM »
That's why I thought the Nats should sign him when he was hitting for the LI Ducks. Murphy was always a tough hitter: we all remember when he played for the Mets and Nats' pitchers just could not get him out. And then he signed with Washington and the team had one of its best hitting lineups (except for that catcher).

It sounds like Murph gave it up when the hopeless Angels refused to promote him around the trade deadline.
Even though he's a righty, the Cron acquisition filled the slot he hoped to take. cron was going to get all the ABs.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #242: August 16, 2023, 02:16:11 PM »
One of my fav Nats ever.  He would make a great hitting coach. He always seemed to come through in critical AB’s unlike Dom Smith.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #243: August 16, 2023, 10:07:13 PM »
I think Harper's back

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #244: August 18, 2023, 05:23:26 PM »
Rendon to the 60 day IL.   Jeez.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #245: August 18, 2023, 06:23:34 PM »
Awful contract

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #246: August 18, 2023, 06:37:24 PM »
Better than Stras. They got 2020 out of him.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #247: August 18, 2023, 10:37:00 PM »
Better than Stras. They got 2020 out of him.

Yep, he played in 52 of the 60 games. Not great.

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #248: August 20, 2023, 03:34:44 PM »
Max walks three and hits a batter in one inning.  First time ever in his career.  Will be interesting to see how he holds up in October. 

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Re: The Former Nationals Watch (2023)
« Reply #249: August 23, 2023, 11:01:57 AM »
Kyle Barraclough is now a starter with the Red Sox's AAA team. He's currently 8-0 with a 2.48 ERA in 9 starts. He faces Rochester tonight.