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Ejection of Nats' first base coach Tim Bogar vs. Braves both unexpected and rare

Ejection of Nats' first base coach Tim Bogar vs. Braves both unexpected and rare

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals were en route to being shut out for the second time in four games on Friday night, this time against the Braves, when frustrations boiled over leading to a member of the Nats getting ejected. Those things happen, but this time the ejection came from an unexpected source.

First base coach Tim Bogar took issue with a call made by first base umpire Tim Timmons. It was a check swing by Nats player Howie Kendrick. Timmons thought his bat crossed the plate and Bogar thought otherwise.

That sparked a heated argument between the two Tims, prompting Nationals manager Davey Martinez to intervene and physically hold Bogar back. But by the time he jogged out to mediate, Bogar had already been tossed. Bench coach Chip Hale was fetching a helmet and preparing to take his place.

After the game, Martinez explained just how uncommon it is to see Bogar get that angry.

"You usually don't see that from Tim. He just got a little irritated. He didn't think he swung. Tim said he did. I think more so Tim was trying to keep Howie in the game because Howie said something. So, he defended him," Martinez said.

It is rare for Bogar and also unusual for people in his position. According to Beyond the Box Score, a Nationals coach is ejected about once every other season. Hitting coach Rick Schu was tossed in 2016, pitching coach Steve McCatty got the boot once in 2015 and bench coach Randy Knorr had one in 2013. 

Non-manager coaches around the league were tossed 12 times in 2017, no one more than once. It happened to 23 different coaches in 2016 and 15 in 2015.

The MLB record, for those who are interested, is 23 by Cal Ripken Sr. Right behind him on the all-time list is longtime Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan with 22.

Bogar has a long way to go before he joins those ranks. But check-swing calls are often the cause for such occurrences.

"It's a tough call, it really is. You've just gotta watch the barrel," Martinez said. "You're standing a hundred feet [away] and trying to make a call like that."

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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have "probably the deepest rotation in baseball

Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen claims the Mets have "probably the deepest rotation in baseball

By signing Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha this week, the Mets have built out quite the collection of starting pitchers. 

Porcello and Wacha will join Jacob de Grom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz in New York's starting rotation, a group general manager Brodie Van Wagenen thinks quite highly of. 

"There was a lot talked about our lack of starting pitching depth over the last couple of weeks," Van Wagenen said on SNYtv Thursday. "I think that story has changed, and I think that we're probably the deepest starting pitching rotation in baseball."

Considering the Mets share a division with the Nationals, who still boast a starting rotation headlined by Max Scherzer, World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin, this is a pretty bold statement by Van Wagenen. 

Obviously he's the general manager and he has to say positive things about the club he's putting together. But to say those exact words on the heels of a rival winning a World Series because of their rotation? 

The Mets will host the Nationals in the first series of the season starting on March 26, so we may not have to wait long for these two rotations to face off. 

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Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft

Nationals prospect Sterling Sharp selected by Marlins in Rule 5 Draft

The Nationals' No. 13 overall prospect is no longer in the organization, and it's not because of a trade that Washington made.

That's because the Miami Marlins selected pitcher Sterling Sharp with the No. 3 overall pick during Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. Sharp was susceptible to being drafted after the Nationals chose not to protect him by placing the right-hander on their 40-man roster.

The Marlins will pay Washington $100,000 for Sharp. The 24-year-old most remain on Miami's 25-man MLB roster for the entirety of the 2020 season or he will be offered back for $50,000.

Sharp, a 22nd round pick in the 2016 draft, made just nine starts for the Nationals Double-A affiliate Harrisburg in 2019 due to an oblique injury. His numbers were not especially eye-popping, as he posted a 3.99 ERA with an 8.2 K/9 ratio.

His performance in the Arizona Fall League was considerably better, where he put up a 1.50 ERA in six starts.

Sharp is incredibly athletic and could have played college basketball, according to MLB.com's Pipeline. Standing 6-foot-4, Sharp is known for his sinker and high ground-ball rate. In 2018, his last season fully healthy, he finished with 59.7 percent ground-ball rate, good for a Top 10 finish in all of the minors and the highest among qualified starters in the Nationals' farm system.

A three-pitch starter, Sharp has a solid changeup in his arsenal to go along with a low 90s fastball and his sinker.

Expected to make his MLB debut in 2020, Sharp could very well face his former team next season. As a divisional opponent, the Marlins will face the Nationals 19 times next season.

The Nationals did, however, select a prospect during the Minor League portion of the draft. Washington added switch-hitting shortstop Manuel Geraldo from the Giants system, who hit .255 with five home runs and 53 RBI in Double-A.

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