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Wire Taps: Life without Washington Nationals baseball + a Walter Johnson story + NL East updates + more...

SB Nation logo SB Nation 3/30/2020 Patrick Reddington
Walter Johnson wearing a black shirt

We’re still resisting the urge to start writing about old or simulated games, but it’s getting a bit hard to keep generating content during the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, with what is looking like a long time without baseball ahead of us. But we’ll keep trying and we’ll keep collecting links whenever we can as well to keep you up-to-date on all things Nationals.

In this case, we took the weekend off from links so there would be enough for a Monday morning collection.

If nothing else, read Joe Posnanski for a great look at Walter Johnson (though it is behind a pay wall, sorry). Go read your links... and wash your hands when you’re done...

NATS BEAT:

MASN to rebroadcast every Nationals win from 2019 postseason - (MASN)

"MASN will be broadcasting all 12 of the Nats’ postseason victories, plus the championship parade, during the first two weeks of April."

Reports: MLB owners approve deal on coronavirus-induced measures for 2020 season - (NBC Sports Washington)

"Major League Baseball’s team owners have reportedly voted to approve a labor agreement between the league and its players union that implements a series of measures designed to help baseball weather the coronavirus outbreak."

Home confinement re-watch: 2019 NLCS Game 3 - (MASN)

"This crowd was in a joyous mood the entire night. There was no nervous anticipation, only cheers for every positive development and a consistent urging for the players to deliver in anticipation of every big moment."

Each team's WAR leader over the past 50 years - (MLB.com)

"If you don’t include the Expos, the leader is Ryan Zimmerman (38.5), but only barely -- Max Scherzer (36.2) may pass him this year."

Nats prospect watch: Braymer fine-tunes changeup in big league camp - (MASN)

“'He’s doing good. Obviously, he’s been in major league camp the entire spring,' [Brad] Holman said of [Ben] Braymer. 'He knows how to pitch.'"

Home confinement re-watch: 2019 NLCS Game 1 - (MASN)

"I mean, there’s plenty of drama in watching a guy come within four outs of pitching only the third no-hitter in postseason history, right? Especially when that guy is the fourth-best pitcher on the staff."

Juan Soto, Ronald Acuña are earning comparisons to MLB greats. What can we expect in Year Three? - (NBC Sports Washington)

"Juan Soto ventured into enemy territory last summer when his friend and contemporary Ronald Acuña emerged from the visitor’s dugout at Nationals Park and began to chirp at him."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

The Baseball 100: No. 7, Walter Johnson – (The Athletic)

"Someone sent the Senators a telegram, said there was a kid, Johnson, threw so fast you couldn’t see ’em, and that he knew where he was throwing it too because if he didn’t, there’d be dead bodies buried at home plates all over Idaho."

Rozner: Nationals' comeback one for the ages - (Daily Herald)

"But when I put my pad and pen down we talked about his team, and Rizzo was adamant that his club was not finished, certain that those who had already written off the Nats did not understand the group."

The biggest one-hit wonders for every National League team - (ESPN)

"Nicknamed "The Beast," [Michael] Morse was an imposing 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds and was undoubtedly the largest human ever to play shortstop in the majors."

Box score of the day: Mr. Walk-Off's epic blast - (MLB.com)

"The man who has come to be known as 'Mr. National' and 'Mr. Walk-off' wasn't going to let his opportunity to christen the Nationals' new home pass him by."

Victor Robles Joins Newly-Founded Republik Agency - (MLB Trade Rumors)

"A look at Republik’s Instagram page gives hints about some of those names, and [Jesse] Dougherty confirms that Nationals outfielder Victor Robles will indeed be joining Nieves at the new agency."

The best pitching performance ever for all 30 teams - (ESPN)

"[Max] Scherzer joins Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers with at least two nine-inning Game Scores of 100 or more."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Matt Klentak’s job just got a whole lot more difficult - (The Good Phight)

"As we’ve learned now, extensions are not allowed to be discussed once the roster freeze begins. This means any talks between Realmuto and the Phillies that were happening have to be put to a halt."

Mets mailbag: Noah Syndergaard fallout, plan for Andres Gimenez - (NY Post)

"Michael Wacha is now in the rotation along with Steven Matz, following Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery, leaving big question marks about starting pitching depth."

Why 29-man MLB rosters would help Marlins prospects Harrison, Vesia - (Fish Stripes)

"José Ureña—I started 2020 not believing in him. I sit here on March 28 rooting for the best and I think he will perform well for Miami."

The night Pascual Perez got lost -- and found a spot in Braves history - (AJC.com)

"For those of us in the Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium press box on the night of Aug. 19, 1982, the first sign that something was amiss came when Phil Niekro headed to the bullpen to warm up."

The Baseball 100: No. 7, Walter Johnson – (The Athletic)

"Someone sent the Senators a telegram, said there was a kid, Johnson, threw so fast you couldn’t see ’em, and that he knew where he was throwing it too because if he didn’t, there’d be dead bodies buried at home plates all over Idaho."

Rozner: Nationals' comeback one for the ages - (Daily Herald)

"But when I put my pad and pen down we talked about his team, and Rizzo was adamant that his club was not finished, certain that those who had already written off the Nats did not understand the group."

The biggest one-hit wonders for every National League team - (ESPN)

"Nicknamed "The Beast," [Michael] Morse was an imposing 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds and was undoubtedly the largest human ever to play shortstop in the majors."

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