LaRoche, Span named Gold Glove finalists

For the third straight year, the Nationals have two players named finalists for Rawlings Gold Gloves. This time, it's Adam LaRoche and Denard Span. LaRoche was selected as one of three finalists among National League first basemen, along with the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez and the Rockies' Justin Morneau. The 34-year-old LaRoche won his first Gold Glove in 2012. This season, he posted a .994 fielding ... read more

Reflecting on Roark's stellar 2014

In 2012, Tanner Roark lost 17 games at Triple-A Syracuse. In 2013, Roark pitched well at Syracuse, made his way to the big leagues for the first time in his career and posted a stellar 1.51 ERA in 14 games, split between the bullpen and rotation. In 2014, Roark became arguably the best fifth starter in the majors. Roark's rise from frustrated minor leaguer to ... read more

Storen bounces back in a big way (Rendon on Sporting News NL All-Star team)

Until last night, the Royals had been a perfect 8-0 in this year's postseason. They'd thrived largely because of their speed and dominant back end of their bullpen. So how do you beat them? Keep them off the bases, and don't let Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland play any type of factor in the ballgame. The Giants kept on rolling last night, thanks ... read more

Williams voted Sporting News NL Manager of the Year

The league-endorsed end-of-season awards, voted on by the members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, won't be announced until November. Matt Williams could find himself taking home the National League Manager of the Year award at that time. For now, Williams will add another award to his mantle courtesy of the Sporting News, which announced that Williams was voted its NL Manager of the ... read more

Rendon's 2014 season a sign of things to come

It's easy to forget how young Anthony Rendon is, both in terms of age and how little big league experience he possesses. You watch Rendon play the game and you assume that he's an established veteran. He's immensely talented, never gets frazzled or visibly upset and seemingly keeps the same heart rate at all times, regardless of how intense a situation he's in. He appears ... read more

Fister's first season in D.C. a major success

This weekend just felt weird. After baseball being so much of a focus of my daily life for the past eight-plus months, to go an entire weekend without watching any baseball whatsoever was a bit bizarre. Luckily, we only have to go one more day before the World Series kicks off between the Giants and Royals in what should be an entertaining battle between two ... read more

Examining the free agent second base options

Asdrubal Cabrera has said that he would like to return to the Nationals and that he would even be willing to play second base if he does re-sign in D.C., despite the fact that he would prefer to play shortstop. The Nats, given the right circumstances and contract terms, would surely like Cabrera back, as well. He played well during his two months with the ... read more

Rotation likely to return intact

The Nationals have a busy offseason ahead of them on a number of fronts. They'll need to decide what they want to do with their starting second base job, assuming that Ryan Zimmerman moves across the diamond and becomes the everyday first baseman and Anthony Rendon remains at third. They'll need to add to their bullpen (which will almost certainly be without Rafael Soriano next ... read more