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Two Bits for Werth?

According to Yahoo Sports, newly minted Right Fielder for Life Jayson Werth is gonna need a trim. Said GM Mike “Rizzo” Rizzo,¬†”The team policy is, facial hair is OK but it’s got to be groomed. It’s got to be nicely … professionally groomed.” And as viewers of the Phailers’ playoff run and of the Fox [...]

Then Again, Probably Not

From the Beckett Blog, a baseball card we probably will not see in 2011. But given the Nationals recent habit of claiming to make serious offers to every top-name free agent on the market, doesn’t it seem a bit suspicious that we’re not hearing any chatter from the front office about Rizzo making a play [...]

Nationals Heritage: Thanksgiving Weekend 2010

Dancing with the (NL) Stars

A travesty is what it was. A travesty. Oh, sure, in the end, the right dancer won. From the second week of the season, it was clear that Jennifer Grey Pujols and Votto were the best out there. No arguing with the outcome, even if it was clear that Votto only won because the baseball [...]

Nationals Heritage: Weekend of Nov 19

William Edward “Wid” Conroy, 1909 Nationals.

Another Award Ignores Zim, Natsiah

When BallWonk heard that Lord of Misrule was nominated for the 2010 National Book Award, he rushed to the bookstore, giddy at the prospect that a book about Jim Bowden’s reign as Nationals GM was getting the respect it no doubt deserves. When the shy woman with the Yoda pin at the Borders answer desk [...]

Sun Rises in East: The Jesus Injured Again

The bad news: The Jesus is off of his Venezuelan League team’s roster with an injury. The good news: The Jesus hurt his calf, not his shoulder again. And even a Nats player probably can’t turn a charlie horse into a two-year injury, so we may just live to see The Jesus come again. Supposedly, [...]

Hundreds for Posey but Not One Vote for Natsiah

If¬†Jeannette Rankin were still around to vote for Rookie of the Year, she totally would have cast her lone ballot for Strasburg. But Washington’s most famous antiunanimitarian was not available, so the Natsiah got fewer votes for Rookie of the Year than league-average hitter Jose “Who?” Tabata. Though to be fair to Tabata, he plays [...]

Hats Off

Editor’s note: On November 10, the Nationals unveiled sweeping changes to their uniforms for the 2011 season, including replacing their longstanding navy road cap with a new, red-brimmed hat. Over the weekend, BallWonk sat down for an interview with the 2005-2010 all-navy road cap to discuss his retirement, highlights from his career in Washington, and [...]

Origin of the Silver Slugger

Far across the galazy, a young third baseman on the planet Zim-Ra trembled before the world-consuming might of Galacticus and weighed an awful choice. He could have the cherished Gold Glove if only he would serve Galacticus as his personal herald of evil and destruction. Surely a small price to pay for universe-spanning power and [...]

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