On Monday, the Washington Nationals didn't just fire Matt Williams — they got rid of his entire coaching staff, too.
Among those who were shown the door the day after the team's season came to a close was bench coach Randy Knorr. Players often talked about how they admired the 46-year-old, who coached many of them in the club's farm system. Denard Span, who has shared the same dugout with Knorr since coming to D.C. in November 2012, clearly respected him as well, as evidenced by a tweet he sent out just after the news broke.
Here's what the likely soon-to-be ex-National had to say when one fan claimed firing Knorr was a poor decision:
It's hard to figure out what Span was saying "I agree" to; it could've been to the part calling Knorr's dismissal as a mistake, or simply to the part saying he is a good man. The former is obviously more damning than the latter, but either way, Span wasn't afraid to come out in defense of the popular assistant.
Look for more tough decisions to be made by the Nats in the coming days and weeks, and keep an eye on your timelines, too. 2015 was obviously a massive letdown, and more players may choose to speak their minds or vent their frustrations on social media during the offseason.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.