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O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

O's no: Nationals are Maryland's favorite team based on ticket sales

The Washington Nationals may not be located in the state of Maryland, but that didn't stop them from bringing in more fans from the area than the Baltimore Orioles in 2019.

According to The Active Times, which broke down 2019 ticket sales state-by-state through Vivid Seats, it was the Nationals who came out as the top team in Maryland. The Nationals also took the crown in Virginia and Washington D.C., giving the World Series champions a clean sweep of the DMV.

The results south of the district are not too shocking, as the Nationals are the home team in D.C. and situated closer to Virginia. As for Maryland, the 2019 season for Washington and Baltimore lends itself to the NL squad bringing in more fans. 

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Despite a slow start, Washington turned things around and made a run to a World Series. That success will always correspond to a larger crowd at the ballpark, especially for those who are in the area. The Orioles on the other hand spent 2019 in the early stages of a rebuild, meaning winning didn't come as often as some may hope. The team has a beautiful ballpark and some of the most loyal fans in baseball, but there's no denying that some games during the campaign were a little hard to watch.

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When it comes to the 2020 season, there will be no telling who the more popular team is, at least in terms of ticket sales. With little to no fans expected to be in attendance, it'll just have to be called a draw. 

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Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Nationals cut trumpet inspiration Bonifacio, after mistake filled start

Thursday marked the first -- and last -- cut down deadline of the 2020 baseball season.

Rosters need to be trimmed from 30 to 28, but will hold at 28 for the rest of the season as opposed to dipping to 26. Multiple coronavirus outbreaks have caused a multitude of scheduling problems. So, Major League Baseball decided to leave the rosters expanded for the remainder of the season.

The Nationals chose to send reliever James Bourque to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg and designated utility man Emilio Bonifácio for assignment.

These were simple and direct moves. The signing of Josh Harrison and Juan Soto’s return meant Bonifácio was expendable. His upbeat vibe -- and creation of the trumpet celebration -- was not enough to keep him on the roster.

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Borque pitched 1 â…“ innings out of the bullpen. He was the last option among the large reliever group.

The expanded rosters allow the Nationals -- and everyone else -- to wade through the rest of the season with more pitching. It will be necessary to handle prospective doubleheaders and other scheduling problems the remainder of the season.

The Nationals are 4-5 after losing 3-1 to the New York Mets on Wednesday. They were off Thursday. Baltimore comes to Nationals Park for a three-game series beginning Friday.

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Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

Nationals cancel 2021 Winterfest due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic will prevent fans from attending Nationals games during the 2020 season and it appears will also cost them an annual offseason tradition.

The Nationals announced Wednesday their plans to cancel Winterfest 2021. The convention was originally scheduled for January 2021.

"Due to the continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Winterfest 2021, which was scheduled to be held in January," the team said in a statement. "We know how important this event is to our fans. That said, we look forward to offering a variety of alternative opportunities for our community to come together to celebrate our team."

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Details regarding the alternative opportunities are unknown as of this writing. 

In the meantime, Washington will continue to play its 2020 season without fans. They are 4-5 entering a series with the Orioles Friday and had to take four days off after the Marlins experienced a COVID-19 outbreak within their clubhouse and the Nats' series with Miami was postponed. 

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