October 31, 2014

Robert Griffin III named PFW/PFWA Rookie of the Year

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Robert Griffin III in action for the Redskins in 2012. (photo by Brian Murphy)

Press release:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – Pro Football Weekly, along with the Pro Football Writers of America, announced that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named their overall Rookie of the Year and Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Griffin III, 22, finished the season having completed 258-of-393 passes (65.6 percent) for 3,200 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, only five interceptions and a passer rating of 102.4, all team rookie records. In addition, he rushed 120 times for 815 yards with seven rushing touchdowns in 2012, all three of which are team records for a quarterback. His 102.4 passer rating, 1.3 interception rate and 815 rushing yards are all NFL records for rookie quarterbacks. Griffin III also led the NFL in yards per pass attempt (8.14), yards per rush attempt (6.8) and least interceptions thrown among players with 300-plus pass attempts (5).

Griffin III began and finished his rookie campaign making history. With a season-opening win against the New Orleans Saints, he became the first player born in the 1990s to start at quarterback in NFL history. In the victory he completed 19-of-26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 139.9, becoming the first player in NFL history to compile 300-plus passing yards, two or more passing touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut. Griffin III finished the regular season helping the Redskins defeat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 17 to win their first NFC Championship since 1999. He surpassed 800 yards rushing for the season in the game, becoming the first rookie quarterback with 800-plus yards on the ground and 3,000-plus passing yards in a season. Griffin III also earned his first career Pro Bowl selection, becoming the first Redskins offensive rookie to earn a selection since Larry Brown in 1969.

Griffin III is the first member of the Redskins to be named Pro Football Weekly/PFWA Offensive Rookie of the Year since Mike Thomas received the honor in 1975. Pro Football Weekly’s annual awards are all selected by PFW editors and contributors along with members of the Professional Football Writers of America.

Bryce Harper wins NL Rookie of the Year

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROY, BRYCE HARPER!

Congratulations to Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper who was named National League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Harper hit .270 with 26 doubles, nine triples, 22 home runs, 98 runs, 59 RBI, 56 walks and 18 stolen bases and paced NL rookies in runs, OPS (.817), game-winning RBI (12) and extra-base hits (57). Harper became the youngest position player ever named to the All-Star Game.

Harper won the NL Rookie of the Month award in both May and September and helped the Washington Nationals claim the franchise’s first full-season division title and reach the postseason.

Harper is the first D.C.-based winner since Bob Allison in 1959, and the first in franchise history since Andre Dawson in 1977.

Bryce Harper named 2012 NL Rookie of the Year (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Bryce Harper Named NL Rookie of the Month

CONGRATULATIONS TO NATS ROOKIE BRYCE HARPER!

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper has been named National League Rookie of the Month for September. It is his second Rookie of the Month honor of 2012. The 19-year-old rookie also garnered the award for his efforts during the month of May.

Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies v. Washington Nationals, October 1, 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

PHOTOS: 2012 Washington Nationals Rookies

Thankfully, Nats pitcher Gio Gonzalez tweeted photos of the Washington Nationals rookies! After Sunday’s game, the tradition continued of dressing up the rookies in costumes to leave Nationals Park and take the train up to New York (Nats face the Mets tomorrow through Wednesday).

Last year it was Smurfs.

Meet the Nats Super Seven “Olympians” that didn’t quite make the cut for London.

Left to Right: Tyler Moore, Corey Brown, Eury Perez, Sandy Leon, Christian Garcia, Steve Lombardozzi with Bryce Harper in front as the flag bearer. Good work by the veterans.

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 in clubhouse before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)

Washington Nationals Rookies 2012 by train before heading to NYC, 9/9/2012 (Photo tweeted by Gio Gonzalez)

 

 

Washington Nationals: You never know when you may witness baseball history

by Mark Hornbaker, Special to District Sports Page

This past Sunday the fans who attended the Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves witnessed a little bit of major league baseball history when rookies Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper became the first rookies to lead off a game with back-to-back home runs in the modern era (since 1901). In fact Lombardozzi’s home run was the first of his career.

It is games like this that keeps me renewing my season tickets year after year. Over the last six years my friends have asked me often why I keep doing it. I answer quickly: I do it because you never know when you may witness a little bit of D.C. baseball history. [Read more...]

Washington Nationals Game 52 Review: Gio wilts in middle innings; Braves beat Nats 3-2

After two batters today for the Washington Nationals, it looked like it would be clear sailing. Unfortunately, the waters muddied after that and the Atlanta Braves departed D.C. with an abbreviated series split, winning 3-2 on a spectacularly beautiful Sunday afternoon before over 38,000 at Nationals Park.

Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper became the first rookie teammates in MLB history to lead off a game hitting back-to-back home runs, with Harper’s shot being particularly impressive, coming to rest halfway up the second deck above the Nationals bullpen, a territory once reserved for the likes of Adam Dunn. [Read more...]

NATS: Bryce Harper Topps Rookie Card, Locker and Marucci Bat

Topps Card Company tweeted a photo of their Bryce Harper rookie card during his MLB debut on Saturday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers and announced it would be in Topps Series 2 due out June 6, 2012.

This photo must have been taken at spring training. For Harper’s debut, the Washington Nationals wore their red curly W jerseys with grey road pants. Harper also wore fantastic red stirrups. No signature eye black.

MLB tweeted a photo of Bryce Harper’s locker.

Bryce Harper's locker before MLB debut by @MLB

Bryce Harper uses the Marucci Wood Bat Pro CU26 in the color “smoke” according to Marucci Sports tweets. Marucci also tweeted the photo below of Harper’s black matte bats featuring Bible verse Luke 1:37 – “For nothing is impossible with God.”

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.

Caps Rookies Fall to Flyers, 3-2

In the grand scheme of things, the vast majority of the players on the ice today will never wear a sweater in an NHL game. But for the rookies and free agent invitees that donned Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers gear for the annual rookie game, this game meant a lot to whether or not they would be gainfully employed playing for those respective organizations when camp breaks.

And for the fans, it didn’t much matter who was wearing it, they were representing the Capitals and a return from a much-too-long summer of disappointment from another early-round playoff exit.

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