With Disappointing Season Over, the Nationals Face an Offseason of Change

Getting through the bizarre MLB season and playing in empty stadiums has made players like Sean Doolittle appreciate what the team accomplished last year even more.

In his final Zoom video conference call with reporters on Sunday, Sean Doolittle spoke about his four seasons with the Washington Nationals mostly in the past tense. He paused before answering questions, offering thoughtful and reflective responses as he sat in his rental house in front of an iPad placed on top of a pizza […]

The Nats Play On as MLB Fails to Contain Coronavirus Cases

Baseball is back, but coronavirus never went away.

Tuesday evening started off as an ideal night to attend a baseball game at Nationals Park. By the time Patrick Corbin threw his first pitch at 7:09 p.m. against the New York Mets, the temperature was a warm but comfortable-for-D.C. 82 degrees with a slight Northeast wind. Shade covered the majority of the 41,000 blue […]

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 […]