We’re Starting to See the Impact of Mamie Johnson Little League’s Historic D.C. Championship

Two years ago its 12-and-under all-star squad made national headlines for becoming the first majority Black team to win the D.C. Little League championships.

Baseball didn’t really appeal to Julian McPherson. Growing up in Southeast D.C, he played T-ball for a year, but like many other kids in his neighborhood, he preferred basketball and football. When his parents registered McPherson and his younger brother, Jonah, for programs at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy near their home in Fort […]

Nationals’ Top Pitching Prospect Jackson Rutledge Is Ready to Prove He Belongs

Rutledge, 21, is one of 60 players in the Nats organization eligible to participate in MLB games during the pandemic-shortened season.

Jackson Rutledge doesn’t know exactly what his season will look like this year. But at the very least, he’ll get to play some organized baseball—something most minor league players don’t get to say. On Monday, Rutledge officially became one of the 60 players in the Nationals organization eligible to participate in MLB games during the […]

Minor League Baseball Players Navigate an Uncertain Path After Canceled Season

Major League Baseball is back, but many minor leaguers in the Nationals organization likely won't be playing organized baseball this year.

In a fewdays, Lucas Knowles will return to his home in Belfair, Washington, a tiny town an hour and a half from Seattle, with a population under 5,000. There, he’ll live with his parents, and have a job waiting for him. For the past couple of months, the 22-year-old minor league baseball player in the […]

Can You Really Play Baseball Without Spitting Sunflower Seeds?

An MLB player, Division I student athlete, and Little Leaguer weigh in on the longtime tradition.

The sunflower seeds in Clark Klitenic’s mouth made him feel like a grown-up. It didn’t matter that he was only a fourth grader on one of Bethesda Chevy Chase Baseball’s select youth teams in Montgomery County. In his mind, Klitenic was a baseball player—a real one, like his coaches and the professionals he saw on […]

For the Nats, ’19-31′ Is Now a Badge of Honor

With the season disrupted, it’s given Nats fans time to rejoice, remember, and celebrate the team's World Series title run.

Sports teams don’t usually wear their biggest failing as a badge of honor. But that’s precisely what happened when the Nats decided to reveal the design of the bejeweled championship rings. The date of the ring reveal wasn’t random; the Nats leaned into the bad. May 24 was the one year anniversary of rock bottom, last […]