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Sean Doolittle plans to close for the Nationals again, even if it takes a while

Sean Doolittle plans to close for the Nationals again, even if it takes a while

It might be a couple of weeks before the Washington Nationals see Sean Doolittle return as their closer. 

Although Doolittle is fresh off of his stint on the Injured List, he has to be worked back into the high-leverage role.

In an interview with 106.7 The Fan's "Grant and Danny," Doolittle revealed that he does not have any expectations on how long it will take him to get back to that intensity. However, his goal is to ease in to pitching in important spots in the ninth inning and help the Nationals in the postseason. 

"The goal is to be back in that [closer] role... and regain the trust from Davey and the team," Doolittle said. 

This past Sunday Doolittle saw the mound with the major-league club for the first time since going on the IL. It was a non-save situation, pitching with a six-run lead over the Marlins in the ninth inning. He was able to retire all three batters he faced, with two fly outs and a line out. The issue, however, was that four of his five strikes were from contact and not able to blow past the hitters. 

Through Doolittle's comments, it appears that his recovery does not have him at normal form, yet. His timeline back may take longer than many assumed. Given where the Nationals are in the standings (+3.5 over Chicago for the first Wild Card), they can afford to take their time working him into the ninth-inning role again. That is, opposed to when the Nationals were on the could not afford to waste precious chances to climb in the postseason race. 

In Doolittle's absence and rehabilitation, Daniel Hudson is the closer on the depth chart. Hudson only has stepped into the closer role as the game-clincher twice since Doolittle put on the IL. Both times he got the win, one time being a walk-off from the Nationals. 

“We talked at length about [Doolittle] coming back and where he's at and we both felt that the best thing for him right now is for him to try to help us out in any way he can, which will be in lower leverage,” Martinez said on after Doolittle finished Sunday's game. “ But I told him, I said in order for us to be super-effective we need you to be that guy again.”

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Nationals' color commentator F.P. Santangelo was once vetted by The Bachelor

Nationals' color commentator F.P. Santangelo was once vetted by The Bachelor

If you want reality TV expertise and The Bachelor content, you go to Steve Carbone aka Reality Steve. If you want inside information on the Washington Nationals, you go to MASN's color analyst F.P. Santangelo. 

If you want amazing Bachelor and Nationals cross over content, you need to listen to Reality Steve's most recent podcast.

While it seems crazy that their worlds collided, these two have their own bromance story. The reality show blogger got his start in sports radio and has always loved baseball. 

Two years ago, he put some money on a Nationals game so he tuned in to see if he was a winner. He got caught up in the pre and post-game show that Santangelo co-hosts.  

"Listening to him and his analysis, I was learning something every sentence," said Carbone.

With so much negativity on the internet, he decided to fire off a DM to Santangelo and let him know that he really enjoyed his work. The two have been "DM buddies" up until Thursday's podcast episode where they spoke for the first time. 

Santangelo has watched the Bachelor franchise on and off for the last 10 years and shared his thoughts and theories about this season. 

He joked that the current bachelor "wouldn't last the first month... managing a season in the majors."  

The former MLB player turned analyst revealed that he was being vetted to be the bachelor a few seasons ago. His agent knew some of The Bachelor producers but it ultimately did not work out. He joked that if he was the bachelor, it would have been the last season of the show. 

After a lot of bachelor talk, Reality Steve talked sports for the first time ever on his podcast. 

The two discussed all things Nationals; baby shark, dugout dancing, and the Soto shuffle. 

The reality TV blogger asked all about the World Series run and how his favorite player, Max Scherzer, was able to overcome injury in Game 7. 

The two also talked about what they are calling the biggest thing to happen to baseball, the Astros' cheating scandal. 

Santangelo suggested that Nationals fans should give the Astros a standing ovation when they visit Nationals Park in July. Carbone hopes to catch a game in D.C. this summer, and this seems like the perfect opportunity. 

If you are looking for Bachelor spoilers, skip all the way to the end where Santangelo tries his best to figure out how this season ends... with no such luck.

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Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

Nationals give World Series parade another go-around in West Palm Beach

There's no such thing as too much celebrating when you're the World Series champions, so it's hard to blame the Nationals for hosting a second championship parade on Thursday.

However, this one wasn't on Pennsylvania Avenue. In fact, it wasn't even in Washington, D.C. The Nationals rode down the streets of West Palm Beach, the home of their spring training facility.

There was a smaller crowd than the one that flocked to the District last November, but the Nationals had plenty of fun throughout the evening.

Here are some of the highlights from the Nationals' latest parade.

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