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Sean Doolittle congratulates Pedro Capó as Nationals anthem 'Calma' wins song of the year

Sean Doolittle congratulates Pedro Capó as Nationals anthem 'Calma' wins song of the year

The Nationals have quite the reputation of picking up silly celebrations and traditions. From “Baby Shark,” to home run dugout dancing, it’s all a part of what ultimately held the clubhouse together. 

The Nats even adopted Pedro Capó’s “Calma,” as their unofficial anthem. 

So, it wasn’t a surprise when Nationals closer Sean Doolittle went to Twitter to express his support after "Calma" won Song of the Year at 2019 Latin Grammys on Thursday night. 

“Calma” became a signature song for the team thanks to second baseman Brian Dozier who was clearly in love with the song. When the Nats clinched the playoff, a video of Dozier dancing in the locker room went viral. 

Capó even made an appearance prior to Game 5 of the World Series and spent time with Dozier and the team. It gets even better than that, Capó joined in with Dozier for a duet of his song and posted a "Let's go Nats" on his own Instagram story.

It's safe to say that both the Nationals and Capó have mutual support for one another and Doolittle's nice gesture on Twitter could have partly been in thanks for getting the team through the season. 

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Nationals sign reliever Kyle Finnegan to major-league deal

Nationals sign reliever Kyle Finnegan to major-league deal

The Nationals announced their first move toward rebuilding their bullpen for the 2020 season Sunday, signing right-hander Kyle Finnegan to a major-league deal.

Finnegan, 28, became a free agent for the first time this winter after seven seasons in the Oakland Athletics’ minor-league system. The A’s drafted him in the sixth round of the 2013 Draft out of Texas State, originally developing him as a starter until converting him into a reliever in 2016.

Oakland granted Finnegan an invite to Spring Training ahead of last season, but he never made his way onto the team’s 40-man roster. His breakout season was in 2019, when the organization asked him to lower his arm slot to generate more movement on his pitches.

Finnegan posted a 2.66 ERA with 14 saves over 42 appearances for AA-Midland and AAA-Las Vegas last year. His fastball has touched triple digits in the past but sits in the mid-to-upper 90s. His newfound success has also seen him rack up more strikeouts, as evidenced by his K/9 that jumped from 9.7 in 2018 to 12.8 in 2019.

Prior to signing with Washington, Finnegan joined the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League. He has a 2.31 ERA in 14 appearances so far this winter.

The Nationals’ 40-man roster now sits at 30 with the addition of Finnegan following non-tenders of Javy Guerra and Koda Glover. It will move up to 32 once the signings of Yan Gomes and Howie Kendrick are made official. The move comes less than 12 hours before the MLB Winter Meetings are scheduled to begin in San Diego.

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The ageless Fernando Rodney to reportedly play in Dominican Winter League

The ageless Fernando Rodney to reportedly play in Dominican Winter League

Only one player in the major leagues threw a pitch while over the age of 40 last season. Fernando Rodney, who in fact is 42 and coming off his first ever World Series title, has appeared in at least 50 games each of the last eight years and 10 of the last 11.

For a player who’s three years older than the second-oldest active pitcher, taking the offseason off wouldn’t just be expected—it’d probably be recommended. But Rodney is taking no such break, reportedly signing up for the Dominican Winter League this offseason.

Leones del Escogido plays in his hometown of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. This will actually be the fifth time Rodney will suit up for the team, most recently doing so last winter.

Rodney is a free agent after being picked up by the Nationals midseason. He’s played 17 years in the majors and ranks 17th all-time in saves with 327.

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