October 2, 2014

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Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

DC-IBWA announces 2014 Player Achievement Awards

The Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association is an organization comprised of Internet writers, on-line media outlets, and bloggers.

In accordance with its stated goal of promoting the members of the association and increasing awareness and respect as active members of the media that cover the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball club, the DC-IBWA is pleased to announce its member-voted winners of the 2014 Player Achievement Awards.

Each individual award is named after a member of the district’s storied baseball heritage, to promote awareness of the significance of the history of Washington, DC baseball. Biographies of the honored historical players can be found at this link.

Voters were asked to name first, second and third place for each category. First place votes received five points, second place votes received three points and third place votes received one point.

In addition, the voters were also asked to respond to six survey questions about the Nationals and the on-line media community.

We received 21 ballots from association members from the following online media outlets: District Sports Page, Federal Baseball, WeLoveDC.com, The Nats Blog, D.C. Baseball History, DC is for Baseball, Let Teddy Win!, Matt’s Bats, Nationals Arm Race, Nationals GM, Nationals Prospects, Nationals Review, Nats Nation, Nats Noodles, Natstadamus, Red Porch Report.

You can find more information about the DC-IBWA, or our membership, by visiting our website at http://dc-ibwaa.blogspot.com/ or contacting us at DCIBWA@gmail.com.

2014 WASHINGTON NATIONALS PLAYER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

Goose Goslin Most Valuable Player
(Player most valuable to the success of the Washington Nationals):

1st: Anthony Rendon (62 points, 9 first place votes)
2nd: Denard Span (38 points, 4 first place votes)
3rd: Jayson Werth (25 points, 2 first place votes)

Others receiving votes: Adam LaRoche (17, 1 first place vote), Doug Fister (8, 1 first place vote), Ian Desmond (7, 1 first place vote), Tanner Roark (4), Jordan Zimmermann (1).

Walter Johnson Starting Pitcher of the Year
(Excellent performance as a starting pitcher):

1st: Jordan Zimmermann (64 points, 10 first place votes)
2nd: Doug Fister (46 points, 6 first place votes)
3rd: Tanner Roark (26 points, 2 first place votes)

Others receiving votes: Stephen Strasburg (26).

Frederick “Firpo” Marberry Relief Pitcher of the Year
(Excellent performance as a relief pitcher):

1st: Drew Storen (76 points, 11 first place votes)
2nd: Tyler Clippard (68 points, 7 first place votes)
3rd: Rafael Soriano (10 points)

Others receiving votes: Craig Stammen (4), Aaron Barrett (2), Matt Thornton (1).

Sam Rice Hitter of the Year
(Excellence in all-around hitting, situational hitting and baserunning):

1st: Anthony Rendon (67 points, 12 first place votes)
2nd:  Denard Span (39 points, 3 first place votes)
3rd: Jayson Werth (36 points, 3 first place votes)

Others receiving votes: Adam LaRoche (10), Ian Desmond (5).

Frank Howard Slugger of the Year
(Excellence in power hitting):1st: Adam LaRoche (71 points, 15 first place votes)
2nd: Ian Desmond (33 points, 2 first place votes)
3rd: Anthony Rendon (29 points, 1 first place vote)Others receiving votes: Jayson Werth (11), Wilson Ramos (3), Bryce Harper (2), Ryan Zimmerman (1).

Joe Judge Defensive Player of the Year 
(Excellence in fielding):

1st: Denard Span (68 points, 12 first place votes)
2nd: Anthony Rendon (46 points, 4 first place votes)
3rd: Ian Desmond (14 points, 2 first place vote)

Others receiving votes: Adam LaRoche (13),  Bryce Harper (7), Wilson Ramos (4), Danny Espinosa (3), Jayson Werth (3), Asdrubal Cabrera (2), Jose Lobaton (1).

Mickey Vernon Comeback Player of the Year
(Player who overcame biggest obstacle in the preceding season to contribute on the field):

1st: Drew Storen (51 points, 8 first place votes)
2nd: Adam LaRoche (30 points, 4 first place votes)
3rd: Wilson Ramos (16 points, 2 first place votes)

Others receiving votes: Denard Span (13, 1 first place vote), Bryce Harper (8), Danny Espinosa (5), Ryan Zimmerman (3), Kevin Frandsen (3), Aaron Barrett (1), Rafael Soriano (1).

Josh Gibson Humanitarian Player of the Year
(Player who meritoriously gave of himself to the community):

1st: Ian Desmond (51 points, 7 first place votes)
2nd: Ryan Zimmerman (41 points, 5 first place votes)
3rd: Adam LaRoche (27 points, 3 first place votes)

Others receiving votes: Bryce Harper (10, 1 first place vote), Denard Span (8), Tyler Clippard (3), Wilson Ramos (1).

Minor League Player of the Year
(Minor league player most destined for big league success):

1st: Lucas Giolito (47 points, 8 first place vote)
2nd: Michael Taylor (47 points, 4 first place votes)
3rd: Steven Souza (42 points, 5 first place vote)

Others receiving votes: A.J. Cole (13), Taylor Hill (1), Reynaldo Lopez (1).

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SURVEY QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

1. Which players on the 40-man roster at the end of the season are least likely to return in 2010?

Rafael Soriano (19), Adam LaRoche (12), Asdrubal Cabrera (10), Nate Schierholtz (10), Ross Ohlendorf (6), Scott Hairston (6), Ross Detwiler (6), Ryan Mattheus (5), Kevin Frandsen (5), Danny Espinosa (4), Erik Davis (4), Jerry Blevins (3), Tyler Moore (2), Pedro Florimon (2), Xavier Cedeno (2), Nate McLouth (2), Jhonatan Solano (2), Jose Lobaton (1), Denard Span (1), Matt Thornton (1), Ian Desmond (1).

2. Will the Nats sign Ian Desmond and Jordan Zimmermann to long-term contract extensions before they reach free agency?

Desmond Yes (12), Desmond No (7), Zimmermann Yes (5), Zimmermann No (14).

3. What player was the biggest surprise for the Nats this season?

Tanner Roark (15), Anthony Rendon (3), Drew Storen (1), Denard Span (1).

4. What player was the biggest disappointment for the Nats this season?

Rafael Soriano (7), Bryce Harper/health (6), Ryan Zimmerman/health (3), Ross Detwiler (2), Nate McLouth (1).

5. Who is your favorite professional Nationals writer?

Adam Kilgore (8), Mark Zuckerman (6), James Wagner (3), Barry Svrluga (3), Tom Boswell (1).

6. Who is your favorite non-professional Nationals writer?

Patrick Reddington-Federal Baseball (6), Red Porch Report (3), Dave Nichols-District Sports Page (3), Luke Erickson-Nationals Prospects (3), James O’Hara-Citizens of NatsTown (2), Joe Drugan-The Nats Blog (2), Nationals Archive (1), Nationals GM (1), Nationals 101 (1), Stuart Wallace-District Sports Page (1), Harper Gordek-Nationals Baseball (1).

Washington Nationals Game 162 Review: Zimmermann no-hits Marlins; First in Nats history

ZIMMERMANN THROWS FIRST NO-HITTER FOR NATIONALS

As if the Washington Nationals march to the pennant and playoffs wasn’t dramatic enough, Jordan Zimmermann authored a little bit of history on the season’s final day.

The Nats stoic right-hander dominated the Miami Marlins in the final game of the season, no-hitting the young Marlins in a 1-0 win on Sunday.

Zimmermann walked one and struck out 10 to record the first no-hitter for the franchise since the relocation in 2005. There have been two previous no-hitters in Washington baseball history, and the Montreal Expos had four no-hitters in their history. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 161 Review: Strasburg runs scoreless innings streak to 20 in win over Marlins

Stephen Strasburg threw six scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals topped the Miami Marlins 5-1 in the next-to-last game of the 22014 regular season.

The Nats jumped on Marlins starter Nate Eovaldi for multiple base runners in the early innings and pushed a run across in the second. Bryce Harper led off with a single just past lumbering first baseman Justin Bour. He went to second on Wilson Ramos’ infield single. Asdrubal Cabrara forced Ramos as second, but beat the relay to set up first and third with one out.

Strasburg sacrificed to move Cabrera up, and Harper waited until Eovaldi made the throw to first to break for home. He beat the relay and tag by catcher Jeff Mathis, sneaking his mitt-covered left hand just ahead of the tag to put the Nats up 1-0.

It stayed that way until the fifth. With one out, Denard Span singled up the middle and went to second as Anthony Rendon drew a base on balls. Jayson Werth’s line drive single to center brought home Span.

Span set the Nationals’ record for most multi-hit games in a season with 58 and tied Christian Guzman’s team record for hits in a season with 183. Obviously, Span has one more game to stand alone.

But the rally ended there. Adam LaRoche grounded out to short, and after an Ian Desmond walk, Bryce Harper struck out swinging to end the frame.

Strasburg was done after six terrific innings on just 83 pitches, 55 for strikes. He gave up a nere two base hits and walked one with seven strikeouts. He generated eight ground ball outs opposed to two fly outs. With six scoreless innings Saturday, Strasburg finished the regular season with 20 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

After Jerry Blevins pitched a perfect seventh inning and Tyler Clippard a 20-pitch scoreless eighth, the Nationals blew the game open in bottom of the eighth.

Ryan Zimmerman — who entered in the sixth at first base — and Ian Desmond singled, then Bryce Harper drew a walk to load the bases with no outs. Wilson Ramos forced Zimmerman at home with a grounder to short, but Asdrubal Cabrera drilled a double to right center that cleared the bases to put the Nats up 5-0.

In the ninth, Drew Storen loaded the bases with a pair of one-out singles and an error by Zimmerman, and another error by Rendon allowed a run to come home. But Ian Desmond snared Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s line drive up the middle to end it without further angst.

Washington Nationals Game 160 Review: Marlins win slugfest in spring training atmosphere

SOUZA HOMERS IN LOPSIDED LOSS AFTER EARLY CLINCHER

With homefield advanatage sewn up by virtue of their in in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, the nightcap took on a spring training feel, with Taylor Hill called up to make his Major League debut behind mostly minor league teammates.

Hill struggled, as did Miami Marlins starter rookie Andrew Heaney, and the slugfest went clear into the ninth inning as the Marlins topped the Nats 15-7.

The Marlins went right to work in the top of the first, as Christian Yelich walked, went to third on a single by Donovan Solano and scored on Casey McGehee’s RBI single. Three batters into his first start, Hill had already surrendered a run. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 159 Review: Nats secure homefield throughout NL Playoffs

DOUG FISTER’S GEM CLINCHES N.L.’s BEST RECORD IN 2014

Doug Fister has been sold short his entire MLB career, despite standing 6’8″. It’s well beyond time baseball fans acknowledge him for what he is: one of the best pitchers in the game.

Fister threw a 3-hit, complete-game shutout, beating the Miami Marlins 4-0, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader on Friday, clinching the National League’s best record for the Washington Nationals, securing home field advantage for the N.L. Championship Series, should the Nats advance.

The American League holds that distinction for the World Series by virtue of winning the All-Star Game. [Read more...]

OPINION: Harsh dose of reality for Washington Redskins after Giants beatdown

Washington Redskins fans cling to every last glimmer of hope with every fiber of their being. You can’t blame them. For 20 years, this team has been the Lucy to its fans’ Charlie Brown, holding that football out for them enticingly, only to pull it away at the last, sending poor Chuck to an embarrassing and painful fall.

The latest shimmer of hope, Kirk Cousins, went dark Thursday night, as the New York Football Giants picked him off four times and forced him to fumble yet again. Cousins has now turned the ball over an astonishing 18 times in 10 games, including 13 interceptions and five fumbles.

That’s absolutely no way to win in this league. [Read more...]

Washington Redskins Game 4 Review: Turnovers kill in blowout loss to Giants

The Washington Redskins were dominated in every phase of play on national television Thursday night, convincingly falling to the division-rival New York Giants 45-14.

Kirk Cousins, who looked so good last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, looked that bad against New York, completing 19 of 33 for 257 yards, a staggering four interceptions — including three in a span of five attempts — and a fumble. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 157 Review: Nats drop early game to Mets

In the early game of a day-night doubleheader caused by Wednesday’s rainout, the Washington Nationals fell to the New York Mets for just the fourth time in 18 games this season, 7-4, before an announced crowd of 28,629 at Nationals Park.

In reality, with the almost insignificant, unscheduled day game being played in gloomy conditions, there were probably less than 10 percent of that announced crowd actually on hand. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 155 Review: Strasburg shuts down Marlins

Behind seven stellar innings from ace Stephen Strasburg, the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Sunday.

It wasn’t without some tense moments though, as deposed closer Rafael Soriano gave up a run in the ninth inning before finally securing the last out of the game. Soriano was pressed into the closer’s role on Sunday as Drew Storen was unavailable due to pitching so frequently this week.

Before then, it was a two-run rally for the Nats in the fifth — and Strasburg. [Read more...]

District Sports Page’s Washington Redskins Postgame Show: Week 3 vs. Eagles

Dave Nichols and Andy Holmes from District Sports Page discuss the Washington Redskins 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

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