Panda! Sandoval helps Braves sweep doubleheader against Nats
Atlanta pinch-hitter Pablo Sandoval drove a two-run homer to the deepest part of the ballpark off a Washington reliever who took over after Stephen Strasburg’s six scoreless innings to lift the Braves to a 2-0 victory over the Nationals and a doubleheader sweep.
Nats finally play, beat Braves 6-5 on Soto's walk-off in 9th
Juan Soto drove in the winning run with a single on a 3-0 pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the coronavirus-depleted Washington Nationals to a 6-5 comeback victory over the Atlanta Braves after waiting five days to start their season.
Major League Baseball managers don't like proposed pitching rule for 2020 season
Jayne Kamin-Oncea | Getty ImagesSAN DIEGO Surrounded by over a dozen reporters at the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego, Joe Maddon did not sugarcoat his feelings when asked about a proposed new league rule. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez, who just led his team to a World Series title in October, said the rule change is "going to be hard" for teams. Alex Trautwig | Major League Baseball | Getty ImagesThe rule change will undoubtedly impact roster moves as more teams will seek pitchers who have success against both right and lefty batters. Though MLB has not publicly made the rule official for the 2020 season, most team managers at the winter meetings anticipate the change. On the league's website, it says previous rules regarding pitching changes "will be in effect through the end of the 2019 season."cnbc.com
Washington Nationals' World Series win gives MLB best TV ratings in nation's capital in two decades
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez #4 hold up the World Series trophy after the Nationals defeat the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Washington Nationals have revived baseball in the nation's capital, and the television ratings are proof Major League Baseball is making a comeback in the D.C. area. The ratings for Game 7 of the World Series between the Nationals and Houston Astros were the best ratings for any MLB telecast in the Washington, D.C. market since 1998, according to league officials. Officials said the World Series in the D.C. area finished with an average rating in the local market of 23.3% across all seven games. Additionally, five of the seven World Series games were the highest-rated MLB games in D.C. since Game 7 of 2001 World Series featuring the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees.cnbc.com
World Series champion Washington Nationals to visit White House Monday
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez #4 hold up the World Series trophy after the Nationals defeat the Houston Astros in Game 7 to win the 2019 World Series at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 in Houston, Texas. The Washington Nationals plan to visit the White House on Monday, less than a week after claiming their first World Series victory. Trump has not followed prevailing presidential practice on sports traditions on several fronts, including not yet throwing out an opening pitch at a World Series game while in office. The Nationals beat the Astros, 6-2, in Game 7 in Houston on Wednesday, becoming the first Washington team to win the World Series since the 1924 Senators. "Congratulations to the Washington Nationals on a great season and an incredible World Series," Trump tweeted hours later.cnbc.com