Just a few weeks ago the Nationals vaulted to the top of Sports Illustrated's power rankings and on Thursday they reached the top of another major media outlet's list.
Yahoo! Sports now ranks the Nats as the best team in all of baseball, ahead of the Texas Rangers who slot second and the New York Yankees in third. The writer for some reason includes jokes instead of real explanation, so we'll have to speculate as to why the team jumped from third to first this week.
The Nationals do have the best record in the majors at this point at 68-43, an amazing 25 games above .500. They have two more wins than the next-best team, the Cincinnati Reds who have lost four straight games.
The Nats have been near the top of many MLB power rankings this season, but just recently have won the respect of being considered number one. As we get closer to the middle of August, it has become clear the Nats are a legitimate contender, at least for the division this season.
The Nats seem to get better by the month and the national media is taking notice. There may have been a reluctance to call them the best team in baseball, but that sentiment is fading with each and every win. The Nats are in the middle of a five game winning streak and don't appear close to slowing down.
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.
Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?
The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.
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While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.
So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.
Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.
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