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MLB Rumors: When Mike Rizzo reportedly wants a decision from Anthony Rendon

MLB Rumors: When Mike Rizzo reportedly wants a decision from Anthony Rendon

Mike Rizzo has done plenty of celebrating over the last five weeks. 

His Nationals won the World Series in an epic seven-game clash with the Astros, and then came away with the Executive of the Year award on Tuesday. 

But with the Winter Meetings coming up, it's time to get back to work, and the entire landscape of this free agent class revolves around Washington's two stars in Anthony Rendon and Stephen Strasburg. 

Plenty has been reported about where each player's interests lie and what teams are gunning for these two postseason heroes. Whether it's the Yankees, Dodgers, Padres, etc., the Nationals have serious competition to keep any one of them.  Now it's time for them to zero in on a team and make a decision. 

Given the number of needs the Nationals have throughout their roster, they'll need to figure out when to pivot if one of those two players doesn't return.  

According to Jayson Stark, the Nationals aren't willing to wait very long on Rendon.

This might be tricky since his agent is Scott Boras, who's notorious for long negotiations to get his client's the most money he can. 

A similar situation played out last winter with Bryce Harper. Harper was the prized free agent, the Nationals weren't all that willing to wait and he ended up signing with the Phillies midway through spring training. 

Regarding Stark's mentioning of Josh Donaldson, Mike Moustakas, a potential infield target for the Nationals signed with the Reds on Monday. So if the Nats aren't getting Rendon back, they probably want to know as soon as possible. 

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Is Nationals vs. Orioles a true rivalry?

Is Nationals vs. Orioles a true rivalry?

Let's just get this out of the way now -- no, it's not a rivalry. 

There, now we can move forward from here.

With the Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles getting set for their first series of the 2020 MLB season, the conversation about whether or not "Nats and O's" should be considered a rivalry is once again rearing its ugly head. 

Here's the deal, Washington and Baltimore have a rivalry -- you know, the cities -- but the teams aren't even close to that yet. For true rivalries to form in sports, the foundation is always rooted in meaningful games. I mean, they're not even in the same division. Just because two teams' ballparks are an hour or so away from each other doesn't mean the players on the roster have a deep-rooted hatred for one another.

Think of some of the most historic rivalries in sports, the biggest moments are either postseason games, or games that can determine who wins a division and goes to the postseason (or conferences in college, but you get the idea). 

Washington Football Team and Cowboys, Lakers and Celtics, Duke-North Carolina, Yankees Red Sox, and the list goes on. Every single one of these rivalries grew organically, not just geographically. They've had to beat each other to win their division, their conference, or advance in the playoffs. 

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The games have to matter first, it's just that simple. This means that until we see a Nationals-Orioles World Series, we can continue to argue about whether crabs cakes or mambo sauce is better, but we can't call this weekends' series a rivalry. 

Maybe one day. 

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Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Yankees manager Aaron Boone complains about Phillies fans blowing airhorns outside stadium

Phillies fans haven’t been allowed inside Citizens Bank Park to heckle opposing players this season, but they still found a way to draw the ire of New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

During Thursday night’s contest between the Phillies and Yankees, Boone pulled the umpires aside in between frames to complain about a group of fans outside the stadium blowing an airhorn during his team’s at-bats. The sound could be heard on the TV broadcast as Phillies starter Zach Eflin handled Aaron Hicks, Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres in 1-2-3 fashion.

They’re apparently called the “Fandemic Crew” and have attending all Phillies home games to cheer them on. Word quickly reached the group that Boone wasn’t happy with their airhorn.

Considering the fans were outside the stadium, there really wasn’t much the umpires could do. It appears not even a pandemic is going to stop Phillies fans from making their presence known.

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