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If you're not going to boo Bryce Harper in his return to Nationals Park, please just stay home

If you're not going to boo Bryce Harper in his return to Nationals Park, please just stay home

Hours before his anticipated arrival at Nationals Park, Bryce Harper posted his goodbye to D.C. on Instagram. Please don't let this soften the greeting he should receive upon returning to the stadium he abandoned.

In the message — which was a month overdue and is on the same level of artificiality as a Kirk Cousins coffee shop hangout — Harper wrote that he's "sure to hear some boos" when he first takes the field Tuesday.

Prove him wrong. Make sure he hears strictly boos. All of the boos. Every of the boos.

Are you a Nats fan who's thinking of clapping or tipping your cap or simply doing nothing when Philadelphia's No. 3 steps into the batter's box? Great — give your ticket to someone else who'll do the right thing.

You're not being "classy" by not booing. Instead, you're wasting a prime opportunity to come together as a single fan base against someone who should be a villain until 2031.

Sure, the outfielder contributed to the Nats, as he gave the franchise a bonafide player for seven seasons. You can't ignore how he helped make them a legitimate franchise in its early stages. That was important.

However, you also can't ignore what the outfielder couldn't bring to the Nats: things like, uh, playoff success and crucial victories. That Home Run Derby title was sweeeeeeeeeet, though!

Yes, this situation was two-sided, as Washington's front office lagged behind the offer Harper eventually settled on with Philly. Everyone loves money, and he's no different.

Yet that's stuff to worry about and debate on later. He only returns for the first time once, and that initial return comes Tuesday night against Max Scherzer. 

There's no such thing as the high road for this matchup. There are no fences to sit on.

Ultimately, Bryce Harper didn't produce anything truly memorable while with the Nationals. The least you can do is give him a reception to remember now that he's with the Phillies.

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Former Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn on MLB's 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

Former Nationals first baseman Adam Dunn on MLB's 2020 Hall of Fame ballot

The National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Monday the 32 names that are on the 2020 ballot, and one former Nationals player was listed.

That would be first baseman Adam Dunn, who played for Washington for two seasons, 2009 and 2010. 

In his two seasons in the nation's capital, Dunn displayed the power that had only been seen by Alfonso Soriano before in a Nationals uniform. Dunn hit exactly 38 home runs in both seasons, topping 100 RBIs during both campaigns, too.

Of course, should Dunn be selected into the Hall of Fame, the Nationals would not be his primary team. The slugger spent the first eight seasons of his MLB career with the Cincinnati Reds, and spent three and a half seasons with the Chicago White Sox following his time in D.C.

2020 is Dunn's first year on the ballot. While he had a long, respectable career, it's unlikely he's voted in right away, if at all.

The Nationals still don't have a primary member in the Hall of Fame, as catcher Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez is currently the only player in the Hall that sported a Curly W since the team relocated to Washington from Montreal in 2005.

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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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