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Nationals hire Jim Hickey as pitching coach

Oct. 19, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals hired Jim Hickey on Monday as their pitching coach. Hickey is entering his 38th season in pro baseball after spending the past two with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a special assistant for player development. He has 15 years' experience as a pitching coach in the majors....

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks on the field next to pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington. The game was postponed due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nationals let pitching coach Menhart go, year after title

Oct. 4, 2020 10:02 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals pitching coach Paul Menhart will not be brought back next season after working in the organization for 15 years. A team spokesman confirmed Sunday that the team would let Menhart go. His contract is up after this season. Menhart was the Nationals' minor league...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) walks on the field next to pitching coach Paul Menhart, left, before a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Washington. The game was postponed due to inclement weather. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Champs to chumps: Age, injuries drop 2020 Nats to last place

Sep. 28, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don’t tell Max Scherzer this year didn’t count. Yes, there were fewer than half as many games as normal. Sure, there were rules changes. All Scherzer knows is there was a Major League Baseball season played in 2020, his Washington Nationals were coming off a World Series...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, left, talks with general manager Mike Rizzo during spring training baseball practice in West Palm Beach, Fla. Martinez and the Nationals agreed to a multiyear contract extension that the team announced Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Nats GM Rizzo won't reveal length of Martinez's new contract

Sep. 26, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez spoke Saturday about managing the Washington Nationals for “many, many years” and over the “long term” and “quite some time,” thanks to his contract extension. Sharing a table to a socially distanced degree with his manager on a...

FILE  - In this Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, right, with General Manager Mike Rizzo, left, watch from the dugout a baseball intrasquad game at Nationals Park in Washington. For the second season in a row, manager Dave Martinez’s Washington Nationals got off to a 19-31 start. This time, there were not enough games to dig themselves out of that hole. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

AP Source: Martinez, Nationals agree to extend his contract

Sep. 25, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manager Dave Martinez and the Washington Nationals have agreed to work out a contract extension that will keep him in charge of the club beyond next season, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person confirmed the news to The Associated Press on Friday on condition...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, The Washington Nationals celebrate after Game 7 of the baseball World Series against the Houston Astros in Houston. The Nationals won 6-2 to win the series. A year after winning the World Series thanks to a historic turnaround, the Nationals woke up Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, with a 23-33 record and no mathematical chance of returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Champs done: Time to look toward 2021 for eliminated Nats

Sep. 24, 2020 12:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When Yan Gomes was asked about the 2019 World Series champion Washington Nationals essentially playing out the string over the last four games of this season, the catcher was put off by the premise. “I don’t think we’re technically out of it yet,” Gomes said. ...

Washington Nationals' Carter Kieboom walks away after popping out to end a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)

Nationals in a hole, and this year they're short on time

Sep. 7, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

For a second straight season, the Washington Nationals are off to an awful start. There may be no coming back from this one. A 10-3 loss to Atlanta on Sunday dropped the Nationals to 14-25 on the season. Washington famously started 19-31 last year before going on to win the World Series. In this shortened season,...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo looks on during the seventh inning in the continuation of a suspended baseball game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Nationals in Baltimore. The Nationals and Rizzo finalized a multiyear contract extension Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. The 59-year-old Rizzo, who also holds the title of president of baseball operations, built the team that won the 2019 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Out of the box: Umps eject Nats GM Rizzo from luxury suite

Sep. 6, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

Now this was an out-of-the-box ejection. Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo was tossed for yelling at umpires from a luxury suite in Atlanta on Sunday, with longtime crew chief Joe West saying, “enough is enough.” “I wouldn’t take that from a player. I wouldn’t take...

Philadelphia Phillies' Roman Quinn scores on a single by Bryce Harper during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Nola bounces back, leads Phillies to 3-2 win over Nationals

Aug. 26, 2020 10:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aaron Nola bounced back from the shortest outing of his career to throw seven strong innings, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage of the Washington Nationals’ sloppy outfield defense to rally for a 3-2 victory on Wednesday night. Bryce Harper, who won the 2015 NL MVP...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sánchez pitches Nationals past Marlins 9-3

Aug. 23, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aníbal Sánchez pitched seven effective innings, Trea Turner drove in three runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 9-3 on Sunday. Sánchez (1-3) allowed one run and five hits in his longest outing of the season. The veteran right-hander went 0-2 with a 9.00...