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How Nationals fans can rewatch the 2019 MLB playoffs for free

How Nationals fans can rewatch the 2019 MLB playoffs for free

The 2020 baseball season is suspended due to coronavirus and the Nationals' win over the Astros in Game 7 of the World Series will remain as the most recent Major League baseball game. 

Washington's World Series run was as magical as it was improbable. After a 19-31 start to the 2019 season, the Nats turned around to win 93 games, clinched a Wild Card berth and took down the Brewers, Dodgers Cardinals and Astros to win the title. 

The good news for Nats fans waiting for their team to begin their title defense is they can relive last season for free. 

According to MLB's Mark Feinsand, MLB TV's archives will be open to the public for a limited time. Fans can rewatch over 4,800 games from 2018 and 2019 for free with playoff games included. 

Whether it's the Wild Card game against Milwaukee, Max Scherzer's broken nose game, Game 7 against the Astros or Game 5 where the Nats closed out the Dodgers, there are a ton of options to sit back and enjoy. 

While Nats fans look for ways to pass the time during a period of social distancing, what better way to do so then to rewatch the best games from last fall. And if you don't feel like sitting through a full nine innings, the condensed game is definitely the way to go. 

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Mic'd up Anthony Rizzo the latest MLB star to mock Astros for stealing signs

Mic'd up Anthony Rizzo the latest MLB star to mock Astros for stealing signs

Anthony Rizzo looked hesitant to make the joke, but boy did it land when he did. 

Rizzo's Chicago Cubs were playing a spring training game against the Angels on Monday when he decided to use his mic'd up moment on ESPN's broadcast to poke fun at the Houston Astros expense. 

"Somebody bang for me," he said in the middle of an at-bat after admitting he had no clue what pitch was coming.

It was a reference to Houston's tactic of banging on trash cans to tip batters off what type of pitch was coming next. Rizzo must've had a good idea of what was coming as he followed up his sly comment with a smooth hit to right field to get on base. 

With no shortage of Astros slights in sight, Rizzo joins a long line of players having fun while the Houston players remain clouded with disappointing judgement from fans and their peers alike. 



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Former Oriole Nick Markakis has rough words for Astros after cheating scandal

Former Oriole Nick Markakis has rough words for Astros after cheating scandal

Since the start of spring training, players all over Major League Baseball have given their thoughts on the Astros' cheating scandal and how commissioner Rob Manfred handled the situation. The consensus has been predominantly negative. 

Former Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis joined in Tuesday morning with some very strongly-worded comments regarding the commissioner's ruling and his feelings toward current Astros players. 

"I feel like every single guy over there needs a beating," Markakis said in a video posted by 680 The Fan. "It's wrong, they're messing with people's careers."

Markakis didn't specify what a "beating" would include, though multiple pitchers, including the Dodgers' Ross Stripling, have said publicly that they would consider throwing at Astros hitters during the season. 

"I know how hard this game is, I know how hard preparing for this game is," Markakis said. "To see something like that, it's damaging to baseball."

After the investigation concluded, the Astros were fined $5 million and were stripped of their first and second-round picks in the 2020 and 2021 draft. General manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch were both suspended from baseball for a year and subsequentially fired for their involvement in the scheme. No Astros player was punished. 

"I think [Astros players] got off pretty easy," he said. "They're going to be able to go out there and compete with no ramifications at all, which is wrong. I think the commissioner handled it the wrong way, but that's the way he did it and that's the way we got to live with it. But I know a lot of people disagree with him and the way he handled the situation, he should be embarrassed of himself."

Houston's new manager, Dusty Baker was informed of Markakis' comments later that day and didn't appear too concerned with what the outfielder had to say. 

However, Baker has taken the threat of pitchers throwing at his players seriously. Last week he told the Houston Chronicle he hopes "the league puts a stop to this before somebody gets hurt."

The Astros will begin their spring training slate of games with a World Series rematch with the Nationals on Saturday. 

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