The Nationals announce their playoff roster: Rafael Soriano is there

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The Washington Nationals have announced their roster for the NLDS against the Giants. It breaks down thusly:

PITCHERS
Jerry Blevins
Gio Gonzalez
Matt Thornton
Aaron Barrett
Tyler Clippard
Doug Fister
Tanner Roark
Rafael Soriano
Craig Stammen
Drew Storen
Stephen Strasburg
Jordan Zimmermann

CATCHERS
Jose Lobaton
Wilson Ramos

INFIELDERS
Asdrubal Cabrera
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Kevin Frandsen
Adam LaRoche
Anthony Rendon
Ryan Zimmerman

OUTFIELDERS
Bryce Harper
Nate Schierholtz
Denard Span
Jayson Werth

Twelve pitchers, including Rafael Soriano who had a 7.56 ERA in September and has looked awful in low-leverage situations. But no Ross Detwiler. Also: no Scott Hairston, though he was pretty crappy in the second half so it makes some sense.

Not that these are huge issues. If it comes down to a situation where having Ross Detwiler is important, a lot of things have gone wrong for Matt Williams before then. And it’s not like Kevin Frandsen can’t do most of what Hairston would likely be called on to do in a playoff game.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.