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Davey Martinez suggested Daniel Hudson name newborn daughter Aníbella Sean

Davey Martinez suggested Daniel Hudson name newborn daughter Aníbella Sean

There are things in life much bigger than baseball, and the Washington Nationals recognized that when the placed closer Daniel Hudson on the paternity list ahead of Game 1 of the NLCS in order for him to attend the birth of his daughter.

“Believe it or not, he was, he wanted to be with the team, and I told him I think that it's important that you're with your wife, it's a big moment in your family, I know you have other kids, but it's huge,” Martinez said before Game 2 on Saturday. “You got to be supportive and we get it.”

Washington ended up not needing the services of its most reliable reliever, as the Nats won 2-0 thanks to Aníbal Sánchez and Sean Doolittle. The pair combined for a one-hit shutout, leading Martinez to text Hudson after the game with a suggestion for his newborn’s name.

“I told him that his teammates will pick him up and we'll be okay,” Martinez said. “I actually, I told him, I texted him last night and I said, ‘Hey, I got a name for your little girl, and it’s Aníbella Sean Hudson.”

Hudson and his wife ultimately settled on Millie, but the Nats reliever enjoyed Martinez’s suggestion.

“Yeah, we were actually undecided on a name at that point,” Hudson said. “We didn't actually figure out a name until we went to bed last night. We kind of finally decided on Millie and, yeah, my wife got a good kick out of that, that was pretty funny.”

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    Scott Boras addresses the futures of Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg at annual GM meetings

    Scott Boras addresses the futures of Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg at annual GM meetings

    Two of the Nationals biggest stars from their 2019 World Series run, Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg, are now on the free-agent market and happen to have the same agent. That would be Scott Boras, who has dozens of clients, including former Nationals' outfielder Bryce Harper, and is known for getting them large contracts.

    At Major League Baseball's annual general manager meetings in San Diego, California, Boras spoke to a crowd of reporters, addressing both player's futures in Washington.

    "Any player that wins a world championship enjoyed where they played, what they did," Boras said. "These guys were truly in the oceans of the playoffs. Strasburg sank many championships."

    "Rendon was a star in the playoffs, had an MVP type season," he continued. "Those environments there are great for him. He's built a throne there."

    Boras mentioned that when going through the free agency process, it's important to address the comfortability that the player had with his previous organization.

    "You look at them and say, 'are they comfortable there?'" Boras said.

    Boras gave credit to Washington, emphasizing their drive to win and the winning culture they have built in the nation's capital.

    "The ownership there is a place where players win at," Boras said on the Nationals. "They've been committed to winning, and it certainly creates a viable spot for all of them."

    While Boras is saying everything Nationals fans want to hear, many of them will be on edge until either Rendon, Strasburg, or both commit long-term to the organization again. Otherwise, this 2019 World Series team will just be a flash.

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    Jacob deGrom wins second-straight Cy Young, Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin receive votes

    Jacob deGrom wins second-straight Cy Young, Scherzer, Strasburg and Corbin receive votes

    It’s Jacob deGrom again.

    The New York Mets ace won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night for the second-consecutive season. Los Angeles left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu finished second and the Nationals’ Max Scherzer placed third. Washington starter Stephen Strasburg also finished tied for fifth behind the St. Louis Cardinals' Jack Flaherty while fellow Nats starter Patrick Corbin received one fifth-place vote to put him in at 11th.

    1. Jacob deGrom: 29 first-place votes, 1 second-place vote (207 points)

    2. Hyun-Jin Ryu: 1 first-place vote, 10 second-place votes, 8 third-place votes, 7 fourth-place votes, 3 fifth-place votes  (88 points)

    3. Max Scherzer: 8 second-place votes, 8 third-place votes, 6 fourth-place votes, 4 fifth-place votes (72 points)

    4. Jack Flaherty: 5 second-place votes, 11 third-place votes, 6 fourth-place votes, 4 fifth-place votes (69 points)

    5. Stephen Strasburg: 6 second-place votes, 1 third-place vote, 9 fourth-place votes, 8 fifth-place votes (53 points)

    Wednesday marked the fourth consecutive top-three finish for Scherzer. Scherzer has finished in the top five every year since he signed a seven-year, $210 million deal to come to Washington in 2015. He won the award in 2016 and 2017. He finished second last season.

    Scherzer’s back injuries in 2019 limited his chances to win. He went on the injured list twice, limiting him to 27 starts, the lowest in a full season during his 12-year career. Otherwise, his numbers provided a strong argument he should be right alongside deGrom when being considered for the award. He led the league in strikeouts per nine with a dominant 12.7. Scherzer also led the league in FIP -- fielding-independent pitching -- as well as strikeout-to-walk ratio.

    Ryu’s candidacy hinged on his control. He put together the league’s best walk rate, ERA and ERA-plus. However, he, like Scherzer, was limited in total production. Ryu made 29 starts and threw 182 ⅔ innings. He started the All-Star Game -- selected by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts -- and went through a second-half fade when deGrom surged.

    DeGrom checked all the boxes. His workload was high (32 starts, 202 innings pitched). He led the league in strikeouts. He tied for the lead in WHIP, was fourth in batting average against and first in OPS against at a mere .580. His 1.44 ERA in 92 innings after the All-Star break put him in position to claim the award again.

    DeGrom joins Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson (four in a row), Greg Maddux (four in a row) and Sandy Koufax as back-to-back winners of the award since its inception in 1956.

    Strasburg led the National League in innings pitched before become the Most Valuable Player in the Nationals’ World Series win. He is a free agent after opting out of the final four years and $100 million on his contract. He’s never finished higher than third in Cy Young Award voting, though 2019 was his second-best year by bWAR. 

    Like deGrom, Flaherty used his work after the All-Star break to push into consideration. His 0.91 ERA in 99 innings and 15 starts made him the best National League pitcher from July on. His 4.64 ERA prior to the schedule break held back his overall numbers. Flaherty is just 24 years old and should be back for consideration in the future.

    Corbin joined the Nationals last offseason on a six-year, $140 million deal after seven years with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 14-7 with a 3.25 ERA and 238 strikeouts in 202 innings for Washington this season.

    The Nationals and Dodgers accounted for six of the 11 pitchers to receive Cy Young votes. Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler also garnered ballot selections, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.

    Matt Weyrich contributed to this report.

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