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Anthony Rendon has classic Anthony Rendon response to receiving World Series ring

Anthony Rendon has classic Anthony Rendon response to receiving World Series ring

Anthony Rendon may no longer be a member of the Nationals, but the move from coast to coast clearly hasn’t changed him too much just yet.

Just like his former teammates over in D.C., Rendon—now playing for the Los Angeles Angels—received his World Series championship ring Thursday after months of waiting amid the coronavirus pandemic. The typically stoic infielder gave an on-brand answer when asked for his thoughts on the ring.

The joke might not have landed on a Zoom call full of Angels beat reporters on mute, but Nationals fans came to expect those kinds of sarcastic responses from Rendon over the years. He went on to say he was frustrated over how long it took him to receive the ring and cited a lengthy coordination process.

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Rendon signed a seven-year, $245 million free-agent deal with the Angels last offseason after spending seven years with the Nationals. Even though he won two Silver Sluggers and received NL MVP votes in four separate seasons, Rendon was never considered one of the sport’s biggest stars until last season when he made the All-Star team for the first time and led the majors with 126 RBIs.

However, that was just the way Rendon liked it. Never a player who looked for the spotlight, he should do just fine playing on a team that has the sport’s best player in Mike Trout hitting in front of him.

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Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Thursday marked the first -- and last -- cut down deadline of the 2020 baseball season.

Rosters need to be trimmed from 30 to 28, but will hold at 28 for the rest of the season as opposed to dipping to 26. Multiple coronavirus outbreaks have caused a multitude of scheduling problems. So, Major League Baseball decided to leave the rosters expanded for the remainder of the season.

The Nationals chose to send reliever James Bourque to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg and designated utility man Emilio Bonifácio for assignment.

These were simple and direct moves. The signing of Josh Harrison and Juan Soto’s return meant Bonifácio was expendable. His upbeat vibe -- and creation of the trumpet celebration -- was not enough to keep him on the roster.

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Borque pitched 1 ⅓ innings out of the bullpen. He was the last option among the large reliever group.

The expanded rosters allow the Nationals -- and everyone else -- to wade through the rest of the season with more pitching. It will be necessary to handle prospective doubleheaders and other scheduling problems the remainder of the season.

The Nationals are 4-5 after losing 3-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. They were off Thursday. Baltimore comes to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent fans from attending Nationals games during the 2020 season and it appears will also cost them an annual offseason tradition.

The Nationals announced Wednesday their plans to cancel Winterfest 2021. The convention was originally scheduled for January 2021.

"Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2021, which was scheduled to be held in January," the team said in a statement. "We know how important this event is to our fans. That said, we look forward to offering a variety of alternative opportunities for our community to come together to celebrate our team."

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Details regarding the alternative opportunities are unknown as of this writing. 

In the meantime, Washington will continue to play its 2020 season without fans. They are 4-5 entering a series with the Orioles Friday and had to take four days off after the Marlins experienced a COVID-19 outbreak within their clubhouse and the Nats' series with Miami was postponed. 

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