Nationals Park is entering its ninth season as the Nats' home, but soon it could be known by a different name.
According to the Sports Business Journal, the team plans to put the naming rights up for sale.
"The Washington Nationals have partnered with executive search and advisory firm Korn Ferry and MLB Advanced Media to bring the naming rights for Nationals Park back to market," Eric Fisher wrote in the SBJ on Monday.
The Nationals have not actively sought a naming rights partner in seven or eight years, but now hope to find one. SBJ pointed to the Mets and their 20-year, $400 million deal with Citi Group, and the Braves' 25-year, $250M+ agreement with SunTrust for their new stadium (set to open in 2017) as contemporary examples of naming rights deals.
The Nats are unique to the city of Washington in their lack of a naming rights partner. The Redskins' stadium is sponsored by FedFex and the Wizards and Capitals play at the Verizon Center.
It's unclear when the name of the stadium would change, but one can only imagine how long contracts of this magnitude take to iron out.
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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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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.