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New National Will Harris hasn’t shied away from talking about Howie Kendrick’s World Series homer

New National Will Harris hasn’t shied away from talking about Howie Kendrick’s World Series homer

When the Nationals signed Will Harris to a three-year, $24 million contract, they were adding a reliever who’s quietly performed like one of the best pitchers in the game over the last several years. But at the same time, they were also acquiring the very pitcher who allowed the go-ahead runs in Game 7 of the World Series that led to Washington’s first title since 1924.

For some, that might’ve made for an awkward situation in the clubhouse, as Harris would soon be sharing a dugout not only with the team that just ended his season, but also the man himself, Howie Kendrick, who hit that go-ahead homer.

Sure enough, Harris faced a question about that in his interviews with the media shortly after the deal became official.

“I understand [why the question is being asked],” Harris said on MLB Network. “I know that coming in, this is all coming my way.

“I didn’t want to make an emotional decision of where I wanted to play. I wanted to play somewhere that was right for me, right for my family, and I did my homework on Washington. Everybody I’ve talked to said it’s an amazing place to play, has an amazing clubhouse, and I didn’t want to miss out on that because maybe I wasn’t mentally tough enough for it.”

Harris, who won the World Series with Houston in 2017, owned up to the play that decided Game 7. Even though the pitch he threw was a nasty-looking cutter down and away that few players would've been able to turn into a hit, Harris recognized that Kendrick outplayed him in that at-bat and wasn’t afraid to admit it.

“Look, I took the L in Game 7, that’s never gonna change,” Harris said. “But at the same time, I plan on winning my next Game 7 and I plan on winning more World Series, and I think Washington is a place I can do that.”

The Nationals have been among the highest-spending teams in the majors this offseason and with a fortified bullpen that includes Harris, Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson, they have their sights set on defending their title.

And Harris? He’d prefer to be on the winning side of the postseason highlight reel this time.

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Report: St. Louis Cardinals season postponed until Friday after more positive coronavirus tests

Report: St. Louis Cardinals season postponed until Friday after more positive coronavirus tests

The St. Louis Cardinals have not played in a regular season game since Wednesday, July 29, after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

Well, the outbreak has spread to multiple members within the organization. After additional testing was done, seven players have tested positive along with six staff members, bringing the total number of positive tests in St. Louis' traveling party to 13, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Mark Saxon.

As a result, the Cardinals will not travel to Detroit for their four-game series with the Tigers that was scheduled to begin Monday, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. The tentative plan for St. Louis is to return to action on Friday for a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs.

The positive tests among the Cardinals players occurred after a few players allegedly went to the casino, according to Jerry Hairston Jr. and confirmed by Jon Heyman.

The Cardinals are the second team to have multiple games canceled due to positive tests. The Miami Marlins have not played since Sunday, July 26, after an outbreak ripped through the organization with a total of 18 positive tests among players. The Marlins are set to resume their season Tuesday against the Orioles.

Last Friday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said the league could shut down if players don't do a better job of following coronavirus protocols. However, a day later, Manfred said the MLB will continue playing despite more positive tests, saying "there is no reason to quit now."

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Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Former National Michael Morse says 60 games isn't enough to crown World Series champ

Add former National Michael Morse to the list of people that want an asterisk on the 2020 World Series champion

One of the biggest topics of conversation surrounding Major League Baseball's shortened season is whether or not this year's champion will have really "earned it" the way past winners have.

Playing almost 100 fewer regular season games clearly doesn't work for Morse.

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What's made baseball's situation more difficult than the NBA and NHL is the fact the regular season hadn't yet started when sports were first shut down. A 60 game schedule is even tougher for so many to accept because of the fact that the sport takes pride in its longevity. Baseball is supposed to be a marathon, and 60 games versus 162 and expanded playoffs are clearly very different. 

That being said, with so many other factors surrounding the sport like the mental toll this pandemic and MLB restrictions can have on players, it's fair to say this is still an incredibly difficult landscape to win in, 60 games or not. 

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