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December 6, 2010
SCOTT BORAS sold the Washington Nationals the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday. Told general manager Mike Rizzo it's a great deal because in a few years the bridge will be carrying auto traffic instead of horses and buggies. Scott Boras sold the Nationals 1,000 acres of oceanfront property in the Sahara desert. Convinced owner Ted Lerner it's a great deal because Ted's buddy, Al Gore, says in a few hundred years the Mediterranean Sea will be lapping at the edge of the property. Just think of the condo potential.
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September 16, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BOOSTED BY the play of some blossoming youngsters, the Washington Nationals walked out of Citi Field with a series sweep and a new spot in the standings. No wonder they're feeling pretty good about the future. Ian Desmond had a career-high five hits and Tommy Milone earned his first major league win, leading Washington over the slumping New York Mets, 10-1, yesterday for a rare four-game sweep. "I think you're seeing signs that we're starting to learn how to win," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
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May 10, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
WASHINGTON Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was penalized by Major League Baseball following his remarks about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. MLB said Tuesday that Rizzo was disciplined, without providing specifics. In general, penalties for non-uniformed personnel involve a fine. Rizzo was upset that Hamels hit Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch on Sunday night and then said he deliberately tried to plunk him. Hamels was suspended for five games by MLB on Monday and fined.
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October 17, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
DAVEY JOHNSON said Tuesday he wants to return next season to manage the Washington Nationals. The 69-year-old Johnson, who has returned to his home in Winter Park, Fla., reflected on the disappointment of the Nationals' crushing, Game 5 loss to St. Louis in the NL Division Series, and on his future with the team in an interview with the Washington Post. "If we'd have won a World Series, I might have pulled a La Russa," Johnson said, referring to Tony La Russa, the Cardinals' manager who retired after winning the title in 2011.
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June 19, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Part of the fallout from Washington's first rough stretch this season was what may be the end of Brad Lidge's career. The man who may have done more to win the World Series for the Phillies in 2008 than any other was shown the door by the Nationals on Sunday after blowing two games in two days. Lidge allowed three runs in Washington's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday and was the losing pitcher on Saturday, giving up two runs in the 14th inning of a 5-3 defeat. "Brad wasn't performing very well," said general manager Mike Rizzo, with breath-taking understatement.
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June 27, 2011 | Associated Press
CHICAGO - Davey Johnson was named manager of the Washington Nationals on Sunday, three days after Jim Riggleman stunned the team by resigning. Johnson will manage the rest of the season and his first game will be Monday against the Los Angeles Angels. He has been a senior adviser with the team since 2009, though he hasn't managed in the big leagues since 2000 with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johnson also agreed to a three-year consulting contract through 2013 that will allow him to remain with the team and help select a successor for next season.
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February 22, 2010 | By Andy Martino INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Stephen Strasburg's right arm were the sole hope for the Washington Nationals, the franchise would have little chance to emerge from its deep malaise. As with government in the nation's capital, Washington baseball needs fundamental reform before true change can arrive. Mike Rizzo understands this, so the Nationals' new general manager views Strasburg as the centerpiece of his organization, but not the only answer. Before the 21-year-old with an already-legendary fastball and $15.1 million contract threw his first bullpen session of the spring yesterday, Rizzo emphasized organizational improvement.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Things couldn't be going any better for the Washington Nationals, and still they are embroiled in one of the game's most fascinating controversies. The Nationals pull into Citizens Bank Park this weekend with the best record in baseball. At 77-47, the franchise is 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1994. That was the ill-fated season when the most infamous strike in professional sports history halted everything in mid-August, shattering any hope the Montreal Expos had of building a downtown ballpark.
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September 5, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A DAY AFTER announcing that Stephen Strasburg will start only twice more this season, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson met with the star righthander to explain the decision. Johnson was joined by general manager Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Steve McCatty. Strasburg, who is 15-6 with a 2.94 ERA and leads the National League with 195 strikeouts, had Tommy John surgery to replace an elbow ligament 2 years ago. "I'm not sure any of us understand," Johnson said. "But it's the right thing to do. " For months, Johnson has been peppered with questions about the Nationals' plan and he always said the team would limit his innings.
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August 21, 2010 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cameras flashed like fireflies throughout Citizens Bank Park on Saturday when the lanky righthander with the scruffy goatee looked for the sign from his catcher as he prepared to throw his first-ever pitch against the Phillies. Typically, when the Washington Nationals come to town, there is little sense of anticipation. No need to bring cameras. This was different. Stephen Strasburg, the most talked-about rookie pitcher since perhaps Dwight Gooden, tested his sizzling fastball, paralyzing curve, and 90 m.p.h.
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February 22, 2013 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
VIERA, Fla. - If Jimmy Rollins' comments at the end of the 2012 regular season were intended to be a hook that lured the Washington Nationals into a war of words, the National League East champions were not biting Wednesday. Told about Rollins' claim that the Nats would have finished second if the Phillies had been healthy, general manager Mike Rizzo declined comment after Washington's workout at the team's spring-training facility. Earlier in the day, Jayson Werth was asked if he found the remarks by his former teammate disrespectful.
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October 17, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
DAVEY JOHNSON said Tuesday he wants to return next season to manage the Washington Nationals. The 69-year-old Johnson, who has returned to his home in Winter Park, Fla., reflected on the disappointment of the Nationals' crushing, Game 5 loss to St. Louis in the NL Division Series, and on his future with the team in an interview with the Washington Post. "If we'd have won a World Series, I might have pulled a La Russa," Johnson said, referring to Tony La Russa, the Cardinals' manager who retired after winning the title in 2011.
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September 5, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
A DAY AFTER announcing that Stephen Strasburg will start only twice more this season, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson met with the star righthander to explain the decision. Johnson was joined by general manager Mike Rizzo and pitching coach Steve McCatty. Strasburg, who is 15-6 with a 2.94 ERA and leads the National League with 195 strikeouts, had Tommy John surgery to replace an elbow ligament 2 years ago. "I'm not sure any of us understand," Johnson said. "But it's the right thing to do. " For months, Johnson has been peppered with questions about the Nationals' plan and he always said the team would limit his innings.
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August 27, 2012
The innings clock is ticking on Stephen Strasburg, and if Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo sticks to his plan, a perfectly healthy pitcher capable of dominating a game every time he steps on the mound is going to be nothing more than a postseason spectator. Rizzo's plan, in place since before the start of the season, is to limit Strasburg to somewhere between 160 and 180 innings, which means the 24-year-old righthander has about four or five starts remaining. None of them will come against the Phillies, not that it matters to them at this point.
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August 25, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Things couldn't be going any better for the Washington Nationals, and still they are embroiled in one of the game's most fascinating controversies. The Nationals pull into Citizens Bank Park this weekend with the best record in baseball. At 77-47, the franchise is 30 games over .500 for the first time since 1994. That was the ill-fated season when the most infamous strike in professional sports history halted everything in mid-August, shattering any hope the Montreal Expos had of building a downtown ballpark.
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June 19, 2012 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
Part of the fallout from Washington's first rough stretch this season was what may be the end of Brad Lidge's career. The man who may have done more to win the World Series for the Phillies in 2008 than any other was shown the door by the Nationals on Sunday after blowing two games in two days. Lidge allowed three runs in Washington's 7-2 loss to the New York Yankees on Friday and was the losing pitcher on Saturday, giving up two runs in the 14th inning of a 5-3 defeat. "Brad wasn't performing very well," said general manager Mike Rizzo, with breath-taking understatement.
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May 23, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Washington Nationals' front office worked hard this offseason to lather up a real hatred for the Phillies with a D.C. campaign that reached its zenith earlier this month when the teams met in the "Take Back the Park" series. You could feel the buzz in Nationals Park during that three-game series and a real animosity between the teams emerged in the aftermath when Cole Hamels shockingly admitted he hit 19-year-old rookie Bryce Harper on purpose in the Sunday night nationally televised series finale.
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May 22, 2012 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Columnist
WASHINGTON – Truth be told, we all are a little bit bored. The Phillies are marking time until Chase Utley and Ryan Howard come back, at which point they will begin marking time until October. It is too early to be worried in a world with two wild cards and too late to do anything about the age of the team's core players, so we wait. Such are the realities in a town where only the World Series is good enough anymore, and where the crowds arrive a little later and leave a little earlier and grumble a little louder than in the recent past.
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May 10, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
WASHINGTON Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was penalized by Major League Baseball following his remarks about Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels. MLB said Tuesday that Rizzo was disciplined, without providing specifics. In general, penalties for non-uniformed personnel involve a fine. Rizzo was upset that Hamels hit Nationals rookie Bryce Harper with a pitch on Sunday night and then said he deliberately tried to plunk him. Hamels was suspended for five games by MLB on Monday and fined.
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May 9, 2012 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
EITHER VINCE McMahon has seized control of the National League East, or we are so far through the looking glass that life has begun to imitate sports marketing. Good luck picking the saner of the two options. All day Monday, the phone lines at the local radio stations lit up like the 1970s as callers from across the Delaware Valley waited their turn to live vicariously through Cole Hamels. The previous night, the Phillies lefty cemented his status as a "true" Philadelphia athlete by tattooing Nationals rookie Bryce Harper's lower back with a 93-mph fastball, thus providing a much-needed diversion on an otherwise blase Monday morning.
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