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January 2, 2015 / Nat Anacostia

Links to remember, 2014 season

“Links to remember” are links to articles and other webpages on the Nationals that I think have a longer shelf life—for example, articles that I enjoy re-reading months after they were written. In the past, I’ve posted these links every three or four months, but this time I have a whole season’s worth of links, so the list may be a bit long.

Here are my favorite articles:

  • In spite of what what happened in the NLDS, Rob Neyer of Fox Sports reminds us that the 2014 Nats deserve to be remembered as probably the best team in the National League and that Bryce Harper still ranks as on of the brightest young stars of this era.
  • I’m not going to link to much on the NLDS, but when the best sportswriter  of our generation (in my opinion), Joe Posnanski, rips on Matt Williams‘s pitching choices in Game 4, it’s worth a link.
  • In a lighter vein, James Wagner of the Washington Post shares Williams’s nicknames for the players and coaches.
  • Jonah Keri of Grantland analyzes how Mike Rizzo built a great team.
  • Christina Kahrl of ESPN adds some thoughts on the balance of the Nationals’ roster.
  • Dave Cameron of Fangraphs finds a surprising, and flattering, player comparison to Denard Span.
  • Anthony Rendon benefited from the move to third base, and Mark Simon of ESPN points out that Rendon has an outstanding ability to field bunts.
  • Shane Ryan of Grantland provides an in-depth look at Doug Fister‘s approach to pitching.
  • Rob Neyer notes that Ian Desmond is the Nationals’ last Expo and takes a look at some of the other remaining traces of les Expos.
  • David Schoenfield of ESPN explains how Stephen Strasburg continues to have disappointing results despite a deadly curveball and changeup.
  • Eno Sarris of Fangraphs points to Tanner Roark‘s success as an example of the importance of getting strike one.

Here are videos of some of the year’s most memorable plays:

  • Steven Souza‘s diving catch sealed Jordan Zimmermann‘s no hitter in the last game of the regular season.
  • The Nats clinched the division championship in Atlanta.
  • I love walk-off homers. Adam LaRoche hit this one in the 11th inning against the Diamondbacks.
  • A behind-the-back flip from Asdrubal Cabrera started this awesome double play.
  • Bryce Harper’s walk-off home run against the Mets came in the 13th inning late on a long, hot afternoon and it landed just a few rows in front of my seat.
  • If you watch enough baseball, you start to think you’ve seen everything. But I’d never seen anything before like Kevin Frandsen‘s behind-the-back catch.
  • Anthony Rendon dove to get a ball hit to the hole.
  • Ryan Zimmerman dodged a flying bat to start a double play.
  • The Marlins issued an intentional walk to Rendon to face Jayson Werth with the bases loaded. Werth made them regret it.
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