It seems as if the Cole Hamels-Bryce Harper situation has finally died down a bit, stashed away briefly until the Nationals travel to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning on May 21. But yesterday one more person weighed in on the matter and both the analyst and his argument are worth noting.
CBS Radio in Philly asked former Nationals color analyst Rob Dibble about the situation and his answer was not only classic Dibble, but completely full of factual inaccuracies.
NBC Sports first had the story and his comments on the matter.
- Dibble, not surprisingly, is a fan of mayhem. He said that if Cole Hamels wants to throw at someone thats Cole Hamels deal. And added, I kinda dig it.Dibble also said that he approves of the whole welcome to the big leagues Old Time Baseball thing of throwing at a guy simply because hes a rookie, noting that he did the same thing to Jeff Bagwell back in the day. He also told some story about his Reds team once meted out justice to Dennis Martinez, hitting him several times in a game. Why? Because Dennis Martinez threw at Reds players once.
It all sounds fair, a former big leaguer drawing on his past experience to opine on a matter of interest in todays game. The only problem is, none of the things Dibble describes ever actually happened.
NBC went back through the former Reds pitchers career via BaseballReference.com and found several of his statements to be false. First of all, he never hit Jeff Bagwell in his rookie season, or ever for that matter. And Dennis Martinez was hit twice during his career by Reds pitchers, but once in 1988 and once in 1990.
Apparently Dibble continued talking Nationals while he was on the subject and called Stephen Strasburgs innings limit crap. So there, Rob Dibble is still and always will be Rob Dibble.
The Washington Nationals have signed former Orioles All-Star catcher Matt Wieters to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year, according to multiple reports.
Wieters spent the first eight years in the Majors with the Baltimore Orioles, being named to the AL All-Star team four times and winning two gold glove awards. Last season the switch-hitting catcher posted a .243 average with 17 homers and 66 RBI.
The Nationals have been in the market for catchers all offseason after Wilson Ramos left for Tampa Bay in free agency. The team traded for former Padres catcher Derek Norris, whose role is now in question. The Nationals still have Jose Lobaton on the roster as a strong defensive backup catcher who has a proven rapport with many of the pitchers in the Nationals rotation. Wieters had been linked to the Nationals all offseason because of the team's need a the position and because of the Nationals close relationship with Wieters' agent Scott Boras.
The only significant time that Wieters has missed due to injury in his career came in 2014-15 when he had Tommy John surgury. Prior to that surgury, however, Wieters had played in at least 130 games for four straight seasons and became a large part of the Orioles' identity.
The 30-year-old backstop will give the Nationals lineup more depth and power. Wieters had three consecutive 20-homer seasons from 2011-13 and since 2009 when his career began, he ranks fifth among catchers in all of baseball in home runs with 117.
Related: Nationals 2017 promotional schedule includes snow globes and fedoras
The Washington Nationals recently released the dates of their promotional days and giveaways this season, and there are some real gems in this schedule.
Among the standard bobblehead giveaways — Daniel Murphy on April 14, Trea Turner on May 12 and Tanner Roark on June 9 — and the highly recommended Pups in the Park days — April 29, May 13, June 10, June 25, September 7 and September 30 — pick the right game and you could get a snow globe, an American flag shirt or even a fedora. Seriously.
On May 24’s game against the Mariners, the first 25,000 fans will get a Max Scherzer snow globe, which has the potential to be the coolest knickknack in your house. Or on June 14 against the Braves — oddly not closer to the Fourth of July — Budweiser is behind the first 15,000 21-and-up fans getting an American flag tank top.
But truly the most unique item on this list is the Nationals-themed fedora, which will go to the first 25,000 fans at the Brewers’ July 26 matchup. How the Nats landed on this promotional item remains a mystery, but if you like hats beyond a traditional baseball cap, this is the game to attend.
Other cool or oddball promotions include the Nats Magic 8-Ball game April 3, the Chewbacca Koozie day May 27, Bryce Harper action figure day August 29 and Oktoberfest beer stein day Sept. 29.
Here's the complete list of the team's promotional days and giveaways.
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