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Jayson Werth on hand for another historic Nationals victory over the Cardinals

Jayson Werth on hand for another historic Nationals victory over the Cardinals

It isn't difficult to spot that beard and majestic flow. 

Jayson Werth was at Nationals Park to see his former teammates advance to the first World Series in franchise history. There was no doubt that he was ecstatic for who they swept to get there. 

Werth, a bona fide slugger for the Nationals during the last seven seasons in the MLB, also has fond memories against the St. Louis Cardinals. Anyone remember this moment from Game 4 of the NLDS in 2012?

That game-winning walk-off home run forced a decisive Game 5, which Washington ultimately lost. Yet, the resiliency he showed throughout his career and in that Game 4 moment is the same type of resiliency this Nats team has had all season. After going 19-31 through late May, the Nats now find themselves as National League champs. Even sweeter? Revenge against the Cardinals in the process. 

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Nationals 2019 World Series documentary to premiere at The Anthem

Nationals 2019 World Series documentary to premiere at The Anthem

The Nationals 2019 World Series win over the Houston Astros still feels like a dream. Now, you can re-live every thrilling, heart-pumping moment all over again with a new documentary produced by MLB Network.

The documentary, narrated by NBC TODAY Show anchor and diehard Nats fan Craig Melvin, will premiere at The Anthem Monday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 p.m. 

Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, general manager Mike Rizzo and Lerner family members are expected to be in attendance for the premiere complete with a red carpet. Fans can purchase tickets to attend via the Nationals website as of Thursday morning. Those with tickets will also get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a photo with the Commissioner's Trophy as well.

The premiere will be the first opportunity to view the documentary before anyone else, with the release date set for Tuesday, Dec. 3. Preorders are available now on the Nationals website.

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Nationals add lefty pitcher Ben Braymer to 40-man, protect him from Rule 5 Draft

Nationals add lefty pitcher Ben Braymer to 40-man, protect him from Rule 5 Draft

The Nationals had until 8 p.m. Wednesday to decide whether or not they were going to protect any of their eligible prospects from the Rule 5 Draft, but they made the call seven hours early to add left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer to their 40-man roster and thus ensure he’s on the team for 2020.

Braymer, 25, was named the Nationals’ co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2018 before posting a 2.51 ERA in 13 starts with AA-Harrisburg this year and earning a midseason promotion to AAA-Fresno. He struggled in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League but evidently impressed the Nationals’ front office enough to earn a roster spot ahead of next season.

The Nationals drafted Braymer in the 18th round out of Auburn when he was 22 years old, making him eligible for the 2019 Rule 5 Draft. Players who sign at 18 must be added to their respective team’s 40-man roster within five seasons while those signed at 19 or older must be added within four or else they’re subjected to being taken by another club in the Rule 5 Draft.

Braymer was one of seven players among the Nationals’ top 30 prospects (via MLB Pipeline) to be eligible for the Rule 5 Draft. The only eligible player ranked above him left unprotected is right-hander Sterling Sharp, who made his way up to AA-Harrisburg this season and represented the team in the Arizona Fall League.

Washington now has 31 players on its 40-man roster, leaving plenty of room for the team to make offseason moves without having to cut anyone. The Rule 5 Draft is scheduled for Dec. 12, the final day of the Winter Meetings.

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