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Report: Nats to interview former manager of year for open job


Report: Nats to interview former manager of year for open job

Reports of managerial candidates interviewing with the Nationals are pouring in with the latest involving Bud Black, a former NL manager of the year.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today shared the news on Twitter, saying Black will interview later this week for the opening. Black, 58, was fired by the San Diego Padres in June after nine years as their manager.

Black won NL manager of the year back in 2010 when the Padres went 90-72 and improved their record by 15 games from the season before. He finished his Padres career with a 649-713 (.477) overall mark.

The Padres never made the playoffs under Black, but he has a strong reputation around the league. He was axed this season after going 32-33 through San Diego's first 55 games. With a new GM in A.J. Preller and a roster beefed up significantly last winter, the Padres did not reach their preseason expectations under Black.

Despite not enjoying much success with the Padres, Black is viewed by many as a good manager who rarely had enough talent in San Diego to compete for division titles. If he took over in Washington, he would inherit a roster well-positioned to at least compete for the playoffs and maybe more depending on what they do this winter.

Black pitched for 15 seasons in the majors and won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals in 1985. He also played for the Giants, Mariners, Indians and Blue Jays. He and Matt Williams were actually teammates in San Francisco from 1991 to 1994. In college Black pitched for San Diego State University, which is Stephen Strasburg's alma mater.

Black joins Phil Nevin and Alex Cora on the list of Nats managerial candidates with interviews so far.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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."


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. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

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. 


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.