The Max Scherzer and Trea Turner Era in D.C. Comes to a Sudden Close

“I didn’t see a path to be a World Series caliber team this year so I thought it was time for us to take a step sideways and to allow us to take a step forward and get back where we are supposed to be—which is a championship caliber organization.”

Max Scherzer and Trea Turner spent seven seasons in D.C. for the Washington Nationals. They both played pivotal roles in the Nationals 2019 World Series win. And on July 29, they both got traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a move that signaled a new era for the Nationals and an abrupt ending for…

Gerardo Parra’s Return to the Nationals Has Helped Ignite Their Turnaround

“We all appreciate what he does. He’s a guy that brings laughter and joy to our clubhouse every day.”

The last time Gerardo Parra was with the Washington Nationals, the team went on a run to win the 2019 World Series title. In 2020, Parra played 57 games in the Nippon Baseball League in Japan, but as 2021 began, Parra was without a team. The 34-year-old elected to sign a minor league deal with the…

Catchers Yan Gomes and Alex Avila Have Been Critical to the Nationals’ Improved Defense

Gomes and Avila’s defense behind the plate and inning-by-inning guidance of pitchers limit opponents’ scoring opportunities.

After finishing at the bottom of the National League East division last year, the Nationals knew something had to change, and improving defense became a priority. In 2020, they were dead last in defensive runs saved—a statistic that, according to MLB, “quantifies a player’s entire defensive performance by attempting to measure how many runs a…

The Nationals’ Absurd 17-Month Journey Since Their World Series Title

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the surreal, winding, and very bumpy road they took.

It finally happened. On Tuesday, April 6, the Washington Nationals played in front of their fans at Nationals Park for the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 World Series. That’s a span of 17 months and 10 days. Or, to break it down even further, 527 days. For many reasons, some related to…

Juan Soto Hits Walk-Off RBI Single in Nationals’ Long Awaited Opening Day

An announced crowd of 4,801 fans at Nationals Park got to witness Soto’s first walk-off hit.

The time for being surprised by what Juan Soto can do on the baseball field is over. When the Washington Nationals’ long-awaited, COVID-19 outbreak-delayed opening day game is tied at the bottom of the ninth inning, don’t be surprised that it’s Soto, the 22-year-old MVP frontrunner, who hits the walk-off RBI single to send the…