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Stephen Strasburg Wants Davey Johnson to ‘Loosen The Leash’ so He Can Pitch Deeper Into Games

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Although Stephen Strasburg may have been kidding about his manager letting him pitch past the seventh inning, I'm sure there was some truth to that statement. The 24-year-old right-hander was shut down before the playoffs last season and is getting tired of being held back because of an innings limit. Strasburg ...

Bryce Harper Oozes Confidence to Open the Season in Washington

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Is there anything that Bryce Harper can't do? Since the time he was 16 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Harper has played under immense expectations. He was the first overall pick by the Nationals at just 17 years old. And he made the All-Star Game last year ...

Davey Johnson: “My Job is to Keep the Expectations From Getting Overwhelming”

Monday, April 1st, 2013

As the MLB season is officially underway, there are high expectations for the Nationals. And with good reason. Washington is coming off a great year. The Nats won their second division title last year and were a ninth inning collapse against the St. Louis Cardinals from advancing to the NLCS. ...

Bryce Harper Isn’t Concerned With Comparing Himself to Mike Trout

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Rookies Bryce Harper and Mike Trout made for some exciting Major League Baseball storylines a year ago and they aren't going away anytime soon. Whereas some young stars in pro sports compare their numbers to others as they get going, Harper says he hasn't preoccupied himself with Trout's numbers given ...

Bryce Harper: The Expectation for the Nationals This Season is Getting to the World Series

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Bryce Harper lived up to all the hype in his rookie campaign. Harper was named National League Rookie of the Year and helped lead the Nationals to a NL East division title. The 20-year-old outfielder has been working hard this offseason to avoid a potential sophomore slump and expects the Nationals ...

Stephen Strasburg on Throwing Restrictions: “I Just had an Extra Month of the Offseason. I’m Chomping at the Bit Right Now.”

Monday, January 28th, 2013

As noted here on SRI, there’s no sugarcoating the fact that Stephen Strasburg being shut down on Sept. 12 would severely cost the Washington Nationals a chance at winning a World Series last postseason, and it ended up being true. Certain members of the Nationals front office may never be forgiven ...

Bryce Harper Wins Rookie of the Year, Declines to Talk Much About His Personal Efforts

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The Washington Nationals were one of the most fun teams to watch in baseball this season. Thanks to a pair of youngsters in pitcher Stephen Strasburg and outfield Bryce Harper, the Nationals garnered national publicity early and then backed up they hype by winning the National League East. Harper was rewarded ...

Ryan Zimmerman Is Happy To Clinch A Playoff Birth, But More Celebrating Will Come With Division Title

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Washington Nationals clinched a playoff birth after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers last Thursday. This was the first playoff birth for the Nationals since 1933. Baseball fans in the Washington D.C. area have been deprived for a long time, to say the very least. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has been ...

Davey Johnson: “Bryce (Harper) might be my favorite player of all-time”

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

One season after finishing with a record just under .500, the Washington Nationals stand alone with the best record in Major League Baseball. Davey Johnson’s Nationals are young, they are talented and they are armed with one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball. Even though the Nats ...

Mike Rizzo on Stephen Strasburg’s Reaction to being Shut Down: “He’s not happy with the decision and disagrees with it.”

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

There's no sugarcoating the fact that Stephen Strasburg being shut down on September 12th will severely cost the Washington Nationals a chance at winning a World Series title this season. Mike Rizzo explains in the following interview that he simply doesn't care what the media thinks. The Nationals GM has had ...