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Nationals Max Scherzer named N.L. Starter for 2017 MLB All-Star Game


Nationals Max Scherzer named N.L. Starter for 2017 MLB All-Star Game

When the National League All-Star team takes the field in the top of the first inning on Tuesday night at Marlins Park for the 2017 MLB All-Star Game, a familiar face will be on the mound.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer (10-5, 2.10 ERA, 173 K) was named N.L. All-Star Game starting pitcher on Monday afternoon by the Cubs' Joe Maddon, the N.L. manager for the Mid-Summer Classic.

Scherzer will be opposed by Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75 ERA, 178 K).

The 2017 All-Star Game start will be Scherzer's second. Scherzer started the 2014 MLB All-Star Game for the American League as a member of the Detroit Tigers.


With the Tuesday start, Scherzer will become just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to start an All-Star Game for both the American and National Leagues, joining Vida Blue ('71 & '75 Athletics, '78 Giants), Randy Johnson ('95 & '97 Mariners, '00 & '01 Diamondbacks), Roger Clemens ('85 Red Sox & '01 Yankees, '04 Astros), and Roy Halladay ('09 Blue Jays, '11 Phillies).

Scherzer  sits atop the N.L. lead in earned run average, strikeouts, WHIP and is tied for third with ten wins.

He is also the first pitcher in MLB history to enter the All-Star Break with at least 10 wins and 60 strikeouts in five straight seasons.

The 2017 MLB All-Star Game starts at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 and will be broadcast on FOX.

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Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Will Mike Rizzo continue to shape the Nationals? The Junkies believe he's too valuable to lose

Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Gio Gonzalez and Matt Wieters aren't the only important guys within the Nationals organization becoming free agents in 2019.

President of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo is also becoming a free agent when his contract expires on October 31st.

In the final year of his five-year contract, the 57-year old is set to make $2.5 million.


Since joining the organization, Rizzo has turned the team into a legit World Series contender. They've won four division titles in the last six years under his guidance, but have been unable to get over the NL Division series hump. And even though that's a glaring red mark on his resume, Rizzo knows the success he's brought to the organization. 

When you look at what we accomplished,’’ Mike Rizzo said in a recent interview, “it’s really unsung and underappreciated. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished here. I like it here. I love the city. I love the team I put together. I like being a GM in the NL East. And I want to stay here. I just think I deserve to be treated like some of the best GMs in the game are, too.

Rizzo is talking about GM's like Cubs' Theo Epstein and Yankees' Brian Cashman, who've received big paydays over the last year.

I know we haven’t won the World Series, but I get tired of hearing how we can’t win the big one, or we can’t get out of the first round. We haven’t had that many chances.

Does Rizzo deserve an extension? The Sports Junkies think he does, but with GM's like the ones above cashing out, they can also see him wanting to test the open market.

"Why wouldn't they?", said Jason Bishop, noting his track record.

"There's a sense he wants to test the market," said Eric Bickel. That's the vibe I'm getting from him."

Rizzo is a weekly guest on the Junkies and has said that the organization will figure it out. However, the 2018 season may be the last time for a long time the Nats have a real shot at making a run before they lose some of their stars to other teams. If Rizzo does take that into consideration and decides to go elsewhere, the Junkies don't see him having any issues finding employment.

"If there was a time to roll, it would be after this season when you get your last run with this group," said Eric Bickel. And then If they don't pay you what you think you deserve, he'll be snatched up in 22 seconds."


If they do decide to sign him to an extension, will it be a long, drawn-out ordeal? The Junkies disagree on that one. 

"He is too valuable, Jason Bishop said. He's too valuable. You gotta ink him to a deal sometime during the season."

Luckily for D.C. sports fans, long, drawn-out extension talks aren't foreign to them.

To see their full discussion, click the media player above. 

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Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years


Nationals re-sign Howie Kendrick for two-years

WASHINGTON  -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.

Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.

Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.

In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.