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Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars


Five Harrisburg Senators named All-Stars

The Double-A Eastern League has announced their 2012 All-Stars and the rosters include five Nationals prospects. Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Kevin Pucetas, infielder Jeff Kobernus, and outfielders Eury Perez and Chris Rahl will play for the Western Division team on July 11 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA.

Rosenbaum highlights the Nats selections as one of the organizations best young pitching prospects. The 24-year-old lefty is 7-4 this year for the Harrisburg Senators and holds a 2.76 ERA and a .251 batting average against. The former 22nd round pick has two complete games this season and just 19 walks allowed in 98.0 innings pitched.

Pucetas is 6-2 this season for Harrisburg with a 2.63 ERA in 61.2 innings pitched. He has made five starts this year and 14 relief appearances with a .223 opponents batting average.

Kobernus was a second round pick of the Nationals in 2009. The 23-year-old is hitting .272 this season with 31 runs and 29 stolen bases in 58 games.

Perez was signed by the Nationals as an amateur free agent in April of 2007 and is the youngest of the All-Star selections. The 22-year-old speedster holds a .294 batting average with 27 RBI and 22 stolen bases in 63 games this season with Harrisburg.

Rahl is the oldest of the group at 28 years old. The William and Mary graduate has a .294 average with six home runs and 33 RBI in 68 games this season. He also has 16 stolen bases and ranks third on the team with 14 doubles.

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

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Nationals Game 5 meltdown yet another reminder why D.C. can't have nice things

On Thursday night, a Washington, D.C. pro sports team did something Washington, D.C. pro sports teams are very good at doing: fall short of making a league or championship game.

The Nationals' disastrous fifth inning against the Cubs in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series was the beginning of the end, not to mention yet another in a long line of disappointing playoff results for Washington, D.C. sports teams.

You see, Washington, D.C. is the only city with at least three major pro sports teams to not have a single one make a conference or league championship game since 2000.

To make matters worse, Washington, D.C. sports teams have now lost 16 consecutive playoff games in which a win would've advanced the team to the conference or league championship. 

Think about that for a second. Four teams. Zero conference championship appearances since 1998. 

Here's the list.

Washington, D.C. sports fans are not greedy. We can't be. We've had some very good teams recently, with the type of talent, coaching and intangibles needed to win a championship. 


The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team won a world championship was in 1992 when the Redskins won Super Bowl XXVI.  The last time a major Washington, D.C. pro sports team even made a conference championship game was in 1998, when the Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference Final, defeating the Sabres to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Washington, D.C. isn't allowed to have nice sports things.

Sure, we have great players and great teams, but when the playoffs roll around, all the nice things go away. We aren't privy to plucky upstarts who run the table and we aren't privy to dominant teams that make long postseason runs.

Washington, D.C. will have its day, eventually. Sure it may only be a conference championship appearance, but for us, that's fine. We don't expect world championships. We just want something to get invested in.

Early playoff exits are rarely worth the investment.

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With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

With contractual decisions looming, Nats missed chance at stress-free World Series run

"This is the year."

That's the motto for almost every D.C. sports fan when their team is headed for the postseason.

The Nats led a weak NL East the entire season and clinched a spot to play October baseball early into September.


The team overcame the obstacle of being plagued with injuries and with pitchers like Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer having a strong bullpen to back them up, the stars were aligning for the team to go all the way.

But now with players like Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy having contracts up for grabs in 2019, Nationals reporter Chelsea Janes says 2017 was really the last chance for the team to win a stress-free title.

"I think those questions you've raised like Bryce [Harper's] contract, [Daniel} Murphy may be leaving, you know Rizzo's contract's up after next year, I think those are the things they didn't have to deal with this year that made this such a free chance," Janes said on the Sports Junkies Friday.

"It was a free chance to just feel good and do it now and not have everyone say this is your absolute last chance, and next year it's their absolute last chance for a little while, I think."

"I mean they're not going to be awful in '19, but they're going to be different and I think they've sort of wasted their free pass here and there's legitimate and kind of unrelenting pressure on them next year to make it happen."

It's hard to make sense of what a team will look like one day after a devastating series loss. One thing that is fairly certain is that time is ticking for the Nats to make it happen with arguably the most talented group of players they've ever had.