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FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle throws during the seventh inning of Game 5 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros, in Washington. The Nationals told their minor leaguers on Monday, June 1, 2020, they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 at least through June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipend

Jun. 1, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals changed course and told their minor leaguers on Monday they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 at least through June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments....

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, as Chicago Cubs fans celebrate behind him, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (11) reacts after striking out in the tenth inning of a baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington.  With baseball on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, Zimmerman is offering his thoughts -- as told to AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich -- in a diary of sorts. In the eighth installment, Zimmerman discusses what his biggest concerns would be about resuming competition in 2020, starting with assurances about testing for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Nats star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: Assure me we'll be safe

May. 28, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. With baseball on hold during the coronavirus pandemic, Zimmerman is offering his thoughts — as told to AP Sports Writer Howard Fendrich — in a diary of...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez celebrates after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Martinez says the World Series champs will raise their banner and present their rings at their stadium with fans in attendance -- no matter how or when or if the 2020 season starts. Like his general manager, Mike Rizzo, Martinez is optimistic there will be a major league season this year and has been mapping out what a second spring training camp might look like. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Nationals players decide to wait for in-person ring ceremony

May. 23, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have changed their plans for their virtual World Series ring ceremony after players decided they would rather wait until they could reunite in person to receive their new jewelry. The Nationals had announced they were going to give out the rings during a show...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez celebrates with fans during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros in Washington. Martinez says the World Series champs will raise their banner and present their rings at their stadium with fans in attendance -- no matter how or when or if the 2020 season starts. Like his general manager, Mike Rizzo, Martinez is optimistic there will be a major league season this year and has been mapping out what a second spring training camp might look like. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

An unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony

May. 19, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday -- an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman waits for a pitch from Miami Marlins pitcher Caleb Smith during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Jupiter, Fla. With baseball on hold, Zimmerman is offering his thoughts in a diary of sorts. In the seventh installment, he discusses the possibility of the DH rule being added to the NL for 2020 -- and, perhaps, beyond. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: Bring the DH to the NL

May. 14, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped the Nationals win their first World Series...

In this March 8, 2020, photo, Oklahoma City Thunder's Chris Paul plays against the Boston Celtics during an NBA basketball game in Boston. Making it safe for America's professional sports teams to start playing games is one thing. Making sure athletes are in game shape is another. Experts say nothing should be rushed. Athletes in the NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball all indicate that a few weeks of training is necessary before any games. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

If games resume, athletes will 'need to know when to peak'

May. 11, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

Making it safe for America’s professional sports teams to start playing games is one thing. Making sure athletes are in game shape is another. The coronavirus pandemic brought sports to a halt, but stay-at-home orders are starting to be eased and a handful of NBA teams are opening practice facilities. For...

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hits a home run during the second inning of Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. Zimmerman is offering his thoughts as told to AP in a diary of sorts while waiting for the 2020 season to begin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: South Korean baseball

May. 7, 2020 11:38 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped the Nationals win their first World Series...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez celebrates with fans during a parade to celebrate the team's World Series baseball championship over the Houston Astros in Washington. Martinez says the World Series champs will raise their banner and present their rings at their stadium with fans in attendance -- no matter how or when or if the 2020 season starts. Like his general manager, Mike Rizzo, Martinez is optimistic there will be a major league season this year and has been mapping out what a second spring training camp might look like. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Nats skipper Martinez: Banner, rings to be revealed for fans

May. 1, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — No one knows for sure how, when and where -- or, truly, even if -- Major League Baseball will play games in 2020. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez feels certain of this much: His team will wait to properly mark its World Series championship with spectators in the seats....

FILE - In this Oct. 22, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman prepares to take batting practice before Game 1 of the baseball team's World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. In this week's installment, Zimmerman discusses his thoughts on retirement. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Nats' star Ryan Zimmerman's AP diary: Pondering retirement

Apr. 30, 2020 10:50 AM EDT

EDITOR’S NOTE: Ryan Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Washington Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped the Nationals win their first World Series...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, front row from left: Flavien Prat on Country House, Tyler Gaffalione on War of Will, Luis Saez on Maximum Security and John Velazquez on Code of Honor compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. There will be no Run for the Roses on this first Saturday in May. The Kentucky Derby is one of the events that won't be held this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

What Would Have Been: Kentucky Derby, wild-card rematches

Apr. 27, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

With the national sports calendar still pretty much on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, following a short reprieve last week thanks to an unusual NFL draft, The Associated Press looks at some of the sporting events that would have taken place the week of April 27 to May 3: RUN FOR THE ROSES: The first...