After months and back-and-forth between the team, league, and city, the D.C. metro system will stay late for Nationals playoff games after all.
D.C. Metro officials announced Thursday evening that Washington-based company LivingSocial has stepped forward to pay the reported 29,500 deposit required to keep the trains running an hour longer each night. Playoff night games generally start at 8 p.m. and would require the trains to run after midnight which is the usual time they end.
Metro officials say that because the money is a deposit, they are rebated money depending on how many patrons use the trains. One official said it takes about 5500 customers to refund the deposit in full and Nationals Park can hold over 40,000 fans.
LivingSocial's role was required because the city was unwilling to pay the money and MLB has a policy against teams paying. The Capitals for instance have paid to keep the red line open in the past after their playoff games, but baseball has a different set of rules.
The Nationals clinched a playoff berth on September 20th and now have a chance to win the National League East. If they win their division they will likely begin the playoffs with two games on the road before returning to Washington for Game 3.
You can always count on the New York Daily News to run an audacious cover. The tabloid delivered again Friday with an image edited to show two of the league's best young hitters in Yankees pinstripes: Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper and Orioles short stop Manny Machado.
"Bats to the Future" is exactly the headline you'd expect, too.
It's hard to tell what's more odious to Washington and Baltimore fans: the image itself or the suggestion that baseball's new collective bargaining agreement makes it easier for the Yankees to poach their stars.
The premise of that argument comes from sources who say the new CBA contains two changes beneficial to New York: reduced revenue sharing burden (due to tweaks in how sharing is calculated, plus a deduction for the cost of building and running Yankee Stadium) and an increased luxury tax threshold.
Without going into number crunching detail, the Daily News explains how the club could afford Harper and/or Machado when they become free agents after the 2018 season.
The article's tone of inevitability, despite its many assumptions, will rankle fans of all 29 other teams. After all, the Yankees aren't the only franchise interested in Harper and Machado.
The Nationals and Orioles will presumably try to keep their stars. But to do that, they may have to fend off potentially historic money from the Bronx.
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Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.
The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs.
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