Leavengood On Baseball

July 27, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

How to Move Beyond This Arrested Development

The Nationals finally sent Drew Storen down to Syracuse today. It was long overdue. In all truth Mike Rizzo should have sent Danny Espinosa and Storen down at the same time. But Rizzo had to overrule Davey Johnson who believed that Espinosa, Tyler Moore and all the rest just needed more time. Drew Storen has […]

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June 12, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Will Ted Lerner See Another All-Star Game in DC?

The Washington Nationals did an about face in their 2013 Rule 4 draft last week. For several years GM Mike Rizzo has pursued an aggressive draft strategy in which the team spent well beyond MLB recommended signing bonuses. If you were looking for a continuation of the Nationals spendthrift ways, look again. Jake Johansen was […]

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June 11, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Nats Third Number One Arrives

The Nationals’ new second baseman, Anthony Rendon, leapt high into the air to snare a line drive during Sunday’s game. It was not until the slow motion replay was available that the athletic nature of the play could be appreciated. Rendon was easily three feet or more off the ground when the ball settled into […]

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June 4, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Nats Cannot Take Winning for Granted Against Anyone

The exuberant confidence that gripped Washington in March was a false dawn. It was not backed up by the play of the Nationals in Viera, Fla., and now two months later, the giddy talk about the postseason does not deserve ink. Happy talk does not win games. The precious commodities absolutely essential to winning – […]

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May 31, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Everybody Loves a Souza March

Last night’s game against the Orioles was one of many low points in the 2013 season, but looking up at the score board at Camden Yards and seeing four players in the lineup with averages under the Mendoza Line–.200–was more discouraging still. Tyler Moore swung and missed at the same Freddy Garcia junk all night […]

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May 28, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Waiting for the Nationals to Start Humming

The Nationals have been like a small gasoline engine. You pull the cord to crank it and it sounds like it is about to catch, but it never quite does and all the vigorous cranking in the world cannot yield the steady hum of success. The pitching match-up favored Washington at Nationals Park yesterday. Gio […]

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May 14, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Steven Strasburg in the bullpen

A Glass Half Full

Losing two home games against the Chicago Cubs is disheartening and after the excellent game Friday night it was as if a switch just flipped and the progress of the prior week vanished in the flash of a Strasburg meltdown. There wasn’t much to like on Saturday and Sunday unless you are a ticket rep […]

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May 6, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

Watching the River Flow

There was plenty of adversity to the Pittsburgh series: too much Sterling Marte and A.J. Burnett, too little Bryce Harper. Yet still the Nationals looked like the better team when all was said and done, even without their best players on the field. The Pirates are capable of beating anyone and making life in the […]

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April 30, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

The Case for Denard Span

Denard Span is no Michael Morse. Morse had the Kung-fu warm up cut–immortalized in his bobble-head doll—and there was his A-Ha walk-up music. Denard Span had large shoes to fill on many levels. It did not get easier when Morse ripped up the Cactus League for 9 home runs and a .357 batting average in […]

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April 25, 2013 | Ted Leavengood

The Bull Moose Juju

As the first month of the baseball season drew to a close in 2012, the Gio Gonzalez trade looked like an inspiration. Stephen Strasburg was back and the Nationals had the best pitching in the National League. Davey Johnson was looking for offense and summoned Bryce Harper. Everything Mike Rizzo touched in 2012 turned to […]

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