4 Biggest Takeaways from the 1st Month of the Washington Nationals’ Season

The Washington Nationals have managed to pack as much frustration into one month as they were supposed to experience all season. 

The saviors of the 100-win season, everyone’s pick to win the National League and the greatest rotation in baseball history have cashed in all of that hyperbole for a 12-14 record and a seat at fourth place in the division. 

And if things don’t change soon, “too early to panic” can morph into “too late to contend” in a heartbeat. 

Washington has scratched and clawed its way within arm’s length of .500, but the team is one familiar losing streak away from going back to square one. Even the predictable, like Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer‘s early-season conquests, has yielded unpredictable results in the win-loss column. 

This exercise is designed to hash out those factors contributing to the Nationals’ success, or lack thereof, and assign significance to them. The following takeaways are ranked in order of overall impact on the team, positive or negative. 

Let’s see if we can’t make sense of this nonsensical first month of Nationals baseball.

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Craig Counsell Reportedly to Manage Brewers: Latest Contract Details, Reaction

The Milwaukee Brewers shocked many in the MLB world when they announced the firing of manager Ron Roenicke Sunday night. With the team floundering in the standings, the front office will act quickly to find a replacement.


According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Craig Counsell is emerging as the early front-runner to take over for Roenicke:

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that his hiring is a mere formality:

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who refused to comment on the situation:

Counsell played in Milwaukee for six seasons near the end of his career. He played in 711 games, averaging .241 and driving in 130 runs. Upon retiring in 2012, he immediately accepted a job in the team’s front office. The 44-year-old currently holds the title of special assistant to the general manager.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times noted that this isn’t the first time Counsell has flirted with a managerial job:

Grantland’s Jonah Keri shared an interview he had with Counsell in 2003 while at Baseball Prospectus. More than a decade ago, Counsell made it clear he wanted to be a baseball lifer.

“I want to stay in baseball, no doubt,” he said. “It gets in your blood. I’ve done it my whole life, and I’d like to stay involved in the game somehow.”

Should he become the manager, Counsell will have a tall task ahead. While injuries have plagued the Brewers all year, Milwaukee is ill equipped to handle the rebuild that may be necessary. Baseball America ranked the team’s minor league system 19th before the season, and the team’s veteran core isn’t good enough to win the National League Central.

Whomever the Brewers tab to replace Roenicke should be given enough time to suffer a losing season or two so the organization can fully focus on its future. 

Kenya Moore Calls NeNe Leakes Out For Her Flirtatious Ways During The Real Housewives Of Atlanta Reunion!


Kenya Moore is so over it!

During Part II of The Real Housewives of Atlanta season seven reunion, Kenya implied that NeNe Leakes has flirted with Cynthia Bailey‘s husband Peter Thomas.

Well, that clearly didn’t sit well with NeNe because she. Went. OFF!

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She seriously yelled so loudly that the rest of the cast couldn’t even speak — even Andy Cohen!

Granted, NeNe and Cynthia aren’t in the best place right now, so we kind of get why she took the insult so personally.

Ch-ch-check out the heated moment (above)!!!

Closure of Indigenous communities a human rights violation, Melbourne protesters say – video

Indigenous protesters in Victoria say they’re backing the right of Western Australian Indigenous communities to stay on their traditional homelands – because they don’t want them to lose the connection they’ve fought to get back. Tens of thousands of people across Australia have protested against the WA government’s decision to stop providing services to remote Indigenous communities . In Victoria, Indigenous people were forced from their land generations ago – and some people have spent years trying to rebuild the culture that was damaged when the link was severed Continue reading…

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Firefighters Battling Fire Involving At Least 5 Structures In Passaic

PASSAIC, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Firefighters are on the scene of a massive five-alarm fire in Passaic, New Jersey Sunday night.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the fire began at a church around 9:30 p.m. and quickly spread to several structures, including an apartment building. It remains unclear if that apartment building was occupied at the time.

So far there have been no reports of injuries.

As many as 70 people have been displaced from the fire, 35 of which, officials believe, may be displaced permanently, Castro reported.

Mayor Alex Blanco told Castro this could be one of the city’s worst fires in recent history.

“It was a terrifying scene, nightmarish,” Blanco said. “Flames all over. It spread quickly, affecting five structures. It’s probably going to be characterized as one of the biggest fires here.”

Those being evacuated are being directed to nearby St. Nicholas Church.

As of 11:30 p.m. Sunday the fire was under control but not completely out, Castro reported.

There is no word yet on how the fire started.

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