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Catch up on the last 24-48 hours in Nationals news while we all wait for the start of the 2020 campaign…

Let’s see, are there any leftover quotes from Davey Martinez’s Zoom call last Friday that we can use here as an introduction to today’s Nationals links? Ooooh, look, here’s what he had to say about that World Series Game 7 Zoom call the team held a few weeks back.

“I was on that Zoom for Game 7 and that was pretty awesome, we had a great time. I was on for the first four innings, and then all the boys came on and I thought it was best to let them be them and do their thing,” Martinez told reporters.

“Obviously, they put on a good show. That was a lot of fun, but I like to talk to these guys individually and see where they’re at and see what’s going on.”

Ah, good times. Now … Go read your links:

NATS BEAT:

Exclusive: Ray Knight, Johnny Holliday on leaving MASN and life after Nats Xtra – (The Athletic)
“‘I felt like I got let go of MASN for no reason. For something that was blown way, way up. Somehow, it became something way bigger than what it was. It just didn’t make any sense. It never made any sense to me.'” – Ray Knight:

“Dream Team” includes Zimmerman, Scherzer, Strasburg – (MASN)
“A new book out on baseball puts together an all-time ‘Dream Team’ for all 30 franchises in Major League Baseball.”

Tales from the clubhouse: Getting pranked by the players – (MASN)
“Every so often in this profession, you write an article knowing it’s going to touch a few nerves.”

Six months later, the Nationals’ World Series parade stands as fans’ only official day of celebration – (NBC Sports Washington)
“When the coronavirus pandemic forced MLB to suspend spring training and subsequently delay Opening Day, the Nationals were also unable to host their banner-raising ceremony and present their championship rings.”

Martinez says games without fans won’t deplete drive to win – (MASN)
“Nationals manager Davey Martinez believes his players will be able to generate their own energy and momentum during a game if fans are not allowed to attend.”

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Nationals manager talks social distancing when MLB returns – (Yahoo!Sports)
“As Major League Baseball continues discussing ways to play the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez is preparing for every scenario that might be thrown his way.”

NL EAST UPDATES:

Didi Gregorius returns favor for a fan in the most epic way – (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
“Imagine spending your weekend creating a piece of art for an athlete and then said athlete not only notices it — but shares the work and even goes one step further to complete this epic story?”

Coronavirus in MLB: Mets’ Jacob deGrom’s Cy Young is harder – (NY Post)
“The relative sprint of a shortened season, should MLB decide to play this year, may hurt Jacob deGrom’s chances of winning a third straight National League Cy Young award.”

Miami Marlins must hope economic downturn doesn’t hurt TV negotiations – (Miami Herald)
“The Marlins’ local TV deal, the worst in baseball, pays them about $18 million a year and expires after this season.”

’95 Braves have blast on Zoom watching WS G6 – (MLB.com)
“’Doggy,’ Tom Glavine said to get the attention of fellow Hall of Famer Greg Maddux. ‘You going to pick your nose tonight?'”

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