The Nationals made a move on Friday that will go down as one of their lower profile offseason additions, but one that could have a huge effect on the franchise behind the scenes. Former Marlins GM and manager Dan Jennings has been hired as a special assistant to GM Mike Rizzo.
FOX Sports was first to report the news. The Nats made it official with an announcement on Friday evening.
Jennings, 55, took a lot of criticism for his decision to fire Mike Redmond and take over as Marlins manager. He was also the general manager, and that's now how things usually work. The Marlins continued to struggle with Jennings in the dugout and he ultimately lost his job following the 2015 season.
As a manager, Jennings was bad. But as an executive, he has a very impressive résumé. He joined the Marlins front office in 2002 and held various positions as they acquired plenty of talent over the years. Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez and Christian Yelich are just a few of the excellent additions they made during his tenure. He is a member of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame.
Jennings "will focus on all facets of the Nationals’ scouting operations," according to the team. He will add his expertise to a Nats' front office that has already enjoyed plenty of success in recent years in acquiring talent.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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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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