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Chuck Todd: Nationals letting Anthony Rendon walk like Bryce Harper 'sends a terrible message to the fan base'

Chuck Todd: Nationals letting Anthony Rendon walk like Bryce Harper 'sends a terrible message to the fan base'

On his second appearance on the Nationals Talk podcast, Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press" admitted that, growing up in Miami, he had no Major League team to root for and that he always wanted to live in a city with a team.

"I always thought it would be great after work to go to a baseball game," Todd explained.

Now that the Nationals have stuck around since 2005, his allegiance is firmly with the Curly W's.

"I have shifted all Nats now cause my son is into it," Todd said.

As a fan and season ticket holder now, he's just as invested in the future of the franchise. The first of which is bringing back Anthony Rendon when his contract expires at the end of this year.

"I'm trying to be logical about it," Todd noted. "We're (season ticket holders) doing all we can, I wanna know are you (management) doing all you can for the fans."

Given the fact that Bryce Harper walked just a season ago, Todd thinks it would be a disservice to the fans if Rendon walks now.

"I think the blank check approach has to be considered a business decision," Todd said.  "It's hard to overpay for a corner infielder, particularly a third baseman. I just think it sends a terrible message to the fan base if they don't."

Furthermore, Todd understands that overpaying for an outfielder like Harper might not have been smart, but because Rendon might be a National League MVP candidate, there's a chance the Nationals would have to pay more than they'd like.

"It's one thing to have let Bryce go," Todd noted.  "You are going to overpay him (Rendon), you're going to pay him for unproductive years." 

One fan who didn't take too kindly to Harper's departure was Todd's son.

"He was all fine had it been a West Coast team," Todd chuckled. "The Philly thing felt like salt (in the wound). Like really? You're gonna go with the team that just felt like a lesser team than what the Nats were building. He has enjoyed following his batting average." 

But if it came down to a Wild Card Game shootout between the Nats and the Phillies, Todd and his son don't want to face the former Nat.

 "Like me (my son) doesn't want to see the one-game playoff against Philly," Todd said.

You can listen to the full episode of the Nationals Talk podcast below, and subscribe wherever you listen.

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Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner undergoes surgery to finally fix his broken index finger

Trea Turner finally found the time to have his finger fixed.

A Saturday Instagram post showed Turner holding up his heavily wrapped right hand and held the caption: "Only took 7 months to get this finger fixed but now my ring will fit better! 🏆 Thank you to Dr. Carlson and all the staff at @hspecialsurgery for taking care of me! World class job by everyone! Forever thankful!"

"Can’t wait to start hitting with 10 fingers..."

Turner did not play from April 3 to May 17 after fracturing a knuckle on his right index finger when he turned to bunt, and a pitch from Philadelphia starter Zach Eflin struck his finger.

Turner's absence was among several enormous blows to the Nationals' health early in the season. His replacements -- Wilmer Difo and prospect Carter Kieboom -- both played poorly. Turner finished his shortened season as a 2.4-WAR player. Difo and Kieboom combined for -2.1 WAR in limited duty. The swing from Turner to his replacements became a massive hole and coincided with the Nationals bumbling through April and May.

When Turner returned, he still was not healed. He swung with nine fingers on the bat. Often, it flew out of his hands at the end of the swing when he first began to play again. He was never able to bend the finger enough so the tip touched the palm of his hand. Turner also went to great length not to discuss his situation through the year.

There was no immediate timeline for Turner's recovery process available Saturday.

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College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

College GameDay sign takes dig at Astros amid sign-stealing scandal

The College GameDay crew is in Waco, Texas, this weekend to set the stage for the highly touted Big 12 matchup between Baylor and Oklahoma that kicks off Saturday night at 7: 30 p.m.

Baylor fans were out in full force for the live broadcast, holding countless signs that took shots at the Sooners. But one fan went outside the college football realm for their inspiration.

The Astros are facing widespread scrutiny as a result of a report that detailed allegations claiming they used high-powered cameras to steal opposing pitchers’ signs during the 2017 season, when they went on to win the World Series.

Houston can’t do much to defend itself until MLB concludes its investigation, so for now it just has to take jabs left and right from all corners of the sports world.

And apparently, even from Waco.

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