April 21, 2021

NATS: Vote for Ian Desmond! #DesiIn13

The Deadline is quickly approaching so get voting! Deadline is this, Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Vote Ian Desmond in the 2013 All-Star Game Final Man Vote! VOTE HERE. Or text N1 to 89269.
***There is no limit to the number of votes.***

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From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, any tweet that includes a designated player hashtag (#DesiIn13) will be tabulated as part of the overall vote total used to determine the AL and NL winners. Fans may follow @MLB on the popular social networking service for the latest standings updates in advance of the 4 p.m. ET balloting deadline.

Washington Nationals send Harper, Zimmermann to MLB All-Star Game

Major League Baseball announced the players selected to play in the 2013 All-Star Game, to be played at Citifield, Queens, New York Tuesday, July 16.

The Washington Nationals will be represented in the starting lineup by Bryce Harper, the youngest All-Star since Ken Griffey, Jr. in 1990. He will be joined by starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann. Harper was elected by the fan vote.

Harper missed over a month with an injured right knee, but he overtook Justin Upton in the final fan balloting to earn a spot in the N.L. outfield alongside the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez and the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran.

Ian Desmond was left off the N.L. team as shortstop reserves Jean Segura of Milwaukee and Everth Cabrera of the Padres were those teams’ sole representatives.

Desmond will be part of the N.L. final vote, along with Freddie Freeman of Atlanta, Adrian Gonzalez from the Dodgers, Hunter Pence of the Phillies and Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers.


NATS: Vote Washington Nationals for 2013 All-Stars

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will be held at CitiField in New York City on July 16, 2013.

2013 All-Star Game Logo

Fans can cast their votes up to 25 times at MLB.com until Thursday, July 4 at 11:59 p.m. ET to make Nationals like Bryce Harper, Denard Span, Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa, Ian Desmond, Adam LaRoche, Wilson Ramos and Jayson Werth All-Star starters.

Washington Nationals Walk-Up Music 2013

**List updated 09/17/2013**

(NEED:  Perez, Brown and Leon)

It is about time that we posted the list of music used by the Washington Nationals players so far this season! In case you missed you last season’s songs, you can check out the 2012 walk-up music here.

Adam LaRoche - Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Adam LaRoche – Chicago White Sox v. Washington Nationals, 4/9/2013 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Fans love walk-up music. It is always a popular topic on Twitter, Facebook and discussion boards. Some players select music that gets them fired up, suits them perfectly or even pokes fun of themselves (i.e. Matt Stairs two years using Toby Keith’s “As Good As I Once Was“). It can be a small window into the player’s personality. Ryan Mattheus has told fans that he won’t use another song until he finds one that “fires him up” like “Firework” (he has used since the minor leagues).

There are superstitious players that change their music when they are slumping at the plate. And some have a handful of songs that are used in rotation.

Some players stick with the same song season after season and even years after leaving the Nationals or baseball all together, fans immediately think of that player every time they hear the song (i.e. Chad Cordero and Metallica’s “King Nothing“).

Former National Michael Morse (now with the Seattle Mariners), had the team’s most eclectic taste in his walk-up music, thanks in part to his brother helping select songs. His most popular song was “Take on Me” by A-ha, which has now become the “fans’ Natitude anthem” and is currently being used as the Nats 7th inning stretch song. The music is usually cut off before it gets to the high part of the chorus, so the fans finish it off! It started in 2010, but finally caught on and fans voices are even heard on TV. Join in next time you’re at the park.

All of the following songs have been confirmed through various sources including programs like Shazam, Soundhound, as well as players tweets, interviews, etc. All of the songs have been used at one point throughout the 2013 season. We’ve included links to videos, however, remember that there is only a few seconds of the song used during the walk-up so it may sound different at the beginning at first. There is a lot of Natitude on the list!

Please help us keep list up to date and post additional songs that we may have missed in the comments.  Thank you! Enjoy!


Roger Bernadina – My Time (feat. Jeremih) by Fabulous
Roger Bernadina – The System by Popcaan

Corey Brown- NEED

Ian Desmond – One Sixteen by Trip Lee (feat. KB & Andy Mineo)
Ian Desmond – Warriors by Ky-Mani Marley
Ian Desmond – Church Clap by KB (feat. Lecrae)
Ian Desmond – The Saints by Andy Mineo (feat. KB and Trip Lee)

Danny Espinosa – Battle Scars by Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian
Danny Espinosa – Walk by Pantera
Danny Espinosa – Turn the Page by Bob Seger
Danny Espinosa – Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant

Scott Hairston – Top Down by Swizz Beatz
Scott Hairston – Blue Sky by Common

Bryce Harper – Flower by Moby
Bryce Harper – Coming Home by Diddy (feat. Skylar Grey)
Bryce Harper – It’s Tricky by Run D.M.C.
Bryce Harper – America by Ray Charles (used on 4th of July)
Bryce Harper – Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey
Bryce Harper – Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Bryce Harper – Jump Around by House of Pain
Bryce Harper – Roar by Katy Perry

Jeff Kobernus – Like Whaaat by Problem (feat. Bad Lucc)

Adam LaRoche – My Kinda Party by Jason Aldean
Adam LaRoche – In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins
Adam LaRoche – Copperhead Road by Steve Earle

Sandy Leon – NEED

Steve Lombardozzi – Cinderella Man by Eminem [Clean Version]
Steve Lombardozzi – Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Chris Marrero – Don’t Stop The Party by Pitbull

Tyler Moore – Take A Little Ride by Jason Aldean
Tyler Moore – Muckalee Creek Water by Luke Bryan
Tyler Moore – Pirate Flag by Kenny Chesney
Tyler Moore – Drivin’ Around Song by Colt Ford feat. Jason Aldean

Eury Perez – NEED

Wilson Ramos – Ponme to Eso Palante by El Chuape
Wilson Ramos – Wepa by Gloria Estefan

Anthony Rendon – Still D.R.E. by Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg)
Anthony Rendon – I Run by Slim Thug

Wil Rhymes – Walk by Pantera

Jhonatan Solano – Pata Boom by Rafy & R La Fama

Denard Span – Bugatti by Ace Hood [Clean Version]
Denard Span – We Still In This Bitch by B.o.B. (feat. T.I. and Juicy J) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Believe It by Meek Mill (feat. Rick Ross) [Clean Version]
Denard Span – Shoutout by Birdman (feat. French Montana and Gudda Gudda) [Need Clean Version]
Denard Span – Gotta Have It by Kanye West and Jay Z
Denard Spam – Tom Ford by Jay-Z [Clean version: clean lyrics]

Kurt Suzuki – Small Axe by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Jammin‘ by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Lively Up Yourself by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Kurt Suzuki – One Drop by Bob Marley
Kurt Suzuki – Night Nurse by Gregory Isaacs

Chad Tracy – Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Zach Walters – Anything Could Happen (Remix) by Ellie Goulding

Jayson Werth – Burn It Down by Linkin Park
Jayson Werth – Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Jayson Werth – Warehouse by Dave Matthews Band
Jayson Werth – Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin
Jayson Werth – The Walking Dead Theme Song
Jayson Werth – Game of Thrones Theme Song

Ryan Zimmerman – Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
Ryan Zimmerman – So Good by B.o.B
Ryan Zimmerman – Whatever You Like by T.I.
Ryan Zimmerman – My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up) by Fall Out Boy
Ryan Zimmerman – Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke (feat. T.I., Pharrell)


Fernando Abad – Deliverance by Bubba Sparxxx

Tyler Clippard – Ready or Not by The Fugees

Xavier Cedeno – Limbo by Daddy Yankee

Erik Davis – No Leaf Clover by Metallica

Ross Detwiler – Wherever I May Roam by Metallica (pitching)

Zach Duke – 2 x 4 by Metallica
Zach Duke – When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin

Gio Gonzalez – House Party (feat. Young Chris) by Meek Mill [clean version] (pitching)
Gio Gonzalez – Standing Ovation by Young Jeezy (batting)
Gio Gonzalez – On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons (batting)

Dan Haren – Dirty Harry by Gorillaz (pitching warm up)
Dan Haren – One More Chance/Stay With Me Remix by Notorious B.I.G. (batting)
Dan Haren – Electric Feel by MGMT

Taylor Jordan – Collide by Skillet

Nathan Karns – La Grange by ZZ Top

Ian Krol – Avicii vs Lenny Kravitz by Superlove

Ryan Mattheus – Firework by Katy Perry

Ross Ohlendorf – Barefoot Blue Jean Night by Jake Owen

Tanner Roark – Kickstart My Heart by Motley Crue

Henry Rodriguez – Energía by Alexis & Fido

Rafael Soriano – El Rey de Monticulo —”The King of the Mound” by Ediseuri Concepcion Mejia
(Story behind song)

Craig Stammen – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor

Drew Storen – Bad Company by Five Finger Death Punch
Drew Storen – When the Lights Go Out by The Black Keys

Stephen Strasburg – Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

Jordan Zimmermann – Hell On Wheels by Brantley Gilbert (pitching)
Jordan Zimmermann – Son’s Gonna Rise by Citizen Cope (batting)


Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events for Nats News Network and Caps News Network since 2006. Cheryl is an accomplished action photographer and has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/21/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players, and give injury and suspension updates.

So far this season, the Nationals’ minor league system has continued to be one of the most productive and exciting in pro baseball. Flashy young stars like Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon are off to loud starts, while an arms race of young pitchers has torn-through opposing lineups, resulting in heaps of strikeouts.

Things got even more interesting on Saturday though. The Nationals announced that they had promoted Rendon, who is widely considered one of the premier prospects in minors, to Washington to make his highly anticipated MLB debut. While the former  Dick Howser Award winner was originally slated to spend at least the first few months of the regular season in the minors at double-A Harrisburg, Ryan Zimmerman’s recent injury and Rendon’s hot-hitting apparently forced the front office’s hand. Regardless, this is yet another exciting development in a system full of exciting developments. Rendon follows a long line of homegrown stars on the Nats big-league roster, graduating after the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen, Bryce Harper and others.

Though Rendon’s promotion has grabbed the attention of the Nats faithful, the club has plenty of other thrilling minor-league storylines. Here are a few of them–hot off the presses:

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/14/13

With full-season teams now in to the second-week of their 2013 campaigns, clubs are starting to get a feel for their minor-league talent. Many re-buidling big league teams are preparing to call-up their top prospects in just a couple of more weeks, when arbitration rules will fall in their favor. Contending clubs like the Nationals are less inclined to make front-page moves so early in the season, but they too are keeping an eye on their young’ins. They’re trying to get a read on what these players are worth in preparation for a mid-season trade, and they’re definitely looking for someone who can contribute in the event they need to to patch a hole internally.

The Nationals, who are now 8-5 with their win over the Marlins on Monday night, are very comfortable with their Major League roster. Outside of a few bullpen/bench tweaks they might be preparing to make–like adding an effective left-handed relief pitcher for instance–they probably aren’t going to replace one of their veteran big leaguers with any of their prized prospects just yet. Of course, things will change quickly if one of their stars suffers a serious injury.

As Mike Rizzo proved last season with Bryce Harper, he isn’t afraid to call-up one of his young stars when the club needs a boost. There’s an outside shot that top prospects like Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin could be in the Majors by mid-summer, while other promising minor leaguers like Danny Rosenbaum, Christian Garcia, Eury Perez and Zach Walters could contribute earlier.

Two weeks in to the 2013 season, here are some of the notable performances from the Washington Nationals minor league system:

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Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Brian Goodwin

Brian Goodwin
Center Field
Bats/Throws: Left/Right
Height/Weight: 6’1″/200lbs
Comparable MLB Players: Ray Lankford, Grady SizemoreAndy Van Slyke, Michael Tucker

 Present  Future
 Hitting Ability  4  6
 Raw Power  5  6
 Power Frequency  4  6
 Plate Discipline  5  6
 Running Speed  7  7
 Baserunning  4  5
 Arm Strength  6  6
 Arm Accuracy  3  5
 Fielding  4  5
 Range  6  7
 Overall  5  6

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OPINION: World Baseball “Classic” leaves plenty to be desired

In its purest form, the World Baseball Classic could be a great thing. Not just good, but great. The idea of the best players representing their countries for the chance to legitimately stake a claim to “World’s Best” is fascinating, intriguing — all sorts of thought-provoking. Unfortunately, in its current format, it’s a shell of what it could be.

In my opinion, the WBC, first and foremost, is a marketing strategy by MLB, much like the silly “fan cave” and numerous other campaigns. All of their plans and procedures revolve around that concept. I think the potential good of the program — selling baseball in other countries, expanding the “reach” of the game, healthy competition between countries, showcasing player’s heritages — are all by-products of selling prime advertising time in March.

That said, there is good that does come out of it. For those players that participate, it’s to their credit that they are taking the play on the field seriously and that they seem to really have a sincere appreciation for representing their home countries. The actual level of play on the field has been decent, with some spectacular mixed in. And the ratings and social media aspect of the WBC can’t be overlooked. It’s a boon to MLB Network and related affiliates.

Whether or not the WBC is expanding baseball’s “reach” in other countries is a debate to be had down the road. But since this is the third WBC (covering seven years), if it were the case wouldn’t we surely have seen more Dutch, Italian or Brazilian minor and major leaguers by now? Yes, I know it takes a long time for a sport to gain in popularity enough to build programs to develop a talent base that could send players from those countries to compete for big league jobs.

Despite the foothold that soccer has in youth sports in America, it still is a backwater compared to countries, leagues and programs around the world. If America can’t develop more world-class soccer, how can smaller countries hope to compete in baseball.

Wouldn’t we have seen more backlash for the Olympics dropping baseball as a sport?

No, the socio-impact is far secondary. It’s not the reach of “baseball” that they’re trying to expand, it’s the reach of “MLB Baseball” and its marketing and broadcast arms. This isn’t selling “the game”, it’s selling product.

Besides all that, if it’s just boiled down to baseball, this wouldn’t be a competition at all. Much like the NBA “Dream Team” that took over the Olympics, if each country were allowed to truly supply their best teams, no one could touch Team USA. Sure, vagaries happen in a round-robin, one-game format. In a series, if Team USA put up Justin Verlander, Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg, David Price and R.A. Dickey against anyone, it wouldn’t be a competition.

As it stands, most countries have minor leaguers filling out the batting order and rosters. Just take a look at the pitchers Puerto Rico sent up against Team USA. Not a big leauger in the bunch. Not even close. Classic? Sounds like another day at Spring Training to me.

What would I change? First, obviously, the timing. I hate that it disrupts spring training. And it’s apparent the way American players decline the invitation to play that most big leaguers do too. Just look at Team USA. No Mike Trout. No Bryce Harper. No Stephen Strasburg. The list goes on. If the idea is to really settle it on the field, shouldn’t it be a priority to field the best teams possible?

And it’s not just Team USA either. Felix Hernandez won’t pitch for Venezuela. Yu Darvish and Ichiro both declined invitations to play for Japan. The list is almost endless.

To illustrate just how ridiculous some players view the WBC, Russell Martin — a catcher by trade — left Team Canada because they wouldn’t let him play… shortstop.

My proposal: Play the thing in November, right after the World Series, when attention on baseball is its highest all year. Yes, it further competes against the NFL. Yes, it complicates the winter leagues in the Caribbean, Mexico and South America. Yes, you’d still have players backing out to spend that time with their families, etc. But MLB used to have travelling teams tour Japan and Korea during November in the past. It’s not like it’s a completely novel idea.

What’s more, it would lead to better baseball. Members of Team USA that didn’t make the playoffs could take a couple of weeks off right after the season ends, then reconvene two weeks before the WBC to get together for practices. It would be like a two-week stay on the D.L. for everyone, a chance to freshen up before going back at it again. Better than ramping up to play competitive baseball the first two weeks of March. You might lose a player or two from the World Series teams, but it’s better than the mass avoidance going on now.

Playing in November would also mitigate the injury factor. If a player gets hurt in March, there’s a good chance that will affect his team during the regular season. Should a November injury occur, said player has the off-season to heal before the next spring training.

Next, I’d tighten the eligibility rules. If you, your parents, or grandparents were born in the country, you’re eligible to play for that country. That’s it. Personally, each of my eight great-grandparents were of different home countries, so I’d be eligible for eight different teams under the current rules. That should be tightened up.

I’d change the run differential rule that led to the Canada-Mexico brawl. The round-robin aspect is fine, so just make head-to-head the tiebreaker for two teams. If three teams are tied, flip coins or something else. It’s better than someone trying to run up the score, especially since they have a mercy rule to limit embarrassing scores. How can you have a mercy rule, yet your first tiebreaker is run differential?

To those currently enjoying the World Baseball Classic, please by all means continue to enjoy. There’s some decent baseball to be witnessed. The pageantry of pitting countries against one another makes for interesting story lines — if you can get by the incessant and unnecessary jingoism being perpetuated by MLB Network. I think they could do better than settling for ratings bonanza in March if they were really interested in determining a true “World Champion”.

Washington Nationals Prospect Preview and Scouting Report: Anthony Rendon

Anthony Michael Rendon

Third Baseman
Height/Weight: 5’11”/200 LBS
Born: 6/6/1990
Bats/Throws: Right/Right
Comparable MLB Players: Edgardo Alfonzo, Ron Santo, John Valentin, Martin Prado

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Espinosa and Bernadina to play in World Baseball Classic

Eight Washington Nationals were named to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) roster today, however, only two are on the 40-man roster. Danny Espinosa will represent Team Mexico and Roger Bernadina will represent Team Netherlands in March. Good luck Espi and Shark!

Roger Bernadina hustles to first and beats the throw from Chase Utley - Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Roger Bernadina hustles to first and beats the throw from Chase Utley – Philadelphia Phillies at Washington Nationals, July 31, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones GIDP: Zim to Espi to LaRoche. Nick Markakis out at 2nd, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Baltimore Orioles Adam Jones GIDP: Zim to Espi to LaRoche. Nick Markakis out at 2nd, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)


Press Release:

Eight Nationals were named today to participate in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be played in March 2013. Leading the way are second baseman Danny Espinosa and outfielder Roger Bernadina. Espinosa will play for Mexico while Bernadina will represent the Netherlands.

The WBC is the premier international baseball tournament, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories. More than 1.5 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006 and 2009.

Complete list of Nationals participants:

• Roger Bernadina – Netherlands
• Robbie Cordemans* – Netherlands
• Danny Espinosa – Mexico
• Spencer Kieboom* – Netherlands
• Adrián Nieto* – Spain
• Randolph Oduber* – Netherlands
• Matthew Torra* – Italy
• James Van Ostrand* – Canada

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