As the trade deadline looms, the Washington Nationals’ fanbase holds its collective breath. Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson are going to be vital pieces in the mid-to-late innings, but they’re not the shut-down closer that this bullpen needs to go deep in October. The Nats were able to hold onto all their top prospects in that deal with Oakland, leaving them plenty of room to make some noise in the closer market. Washington has a top-heavy farm system, boasting several promising stars within their organization’s top five — but not much else. If they’re going to compete in a closer market full of several playoff contenders, then Mike Rizzo must be willing to part ways with some of his top developing
Nobody knows how to motivate Stephen Jackson quite like Gregg Popovich. Stephen Jackson, aka Captain Jack, spent Wednesday in Bristol, Connecticut, so we were treated to more tales from a man who has admitted to never working out in the summer and smoking weed before games during his 14-year career. In response to a question on Ryen Russillo’s radio show about his best summer league story, Jackson offered not just his best story, but the best story.
Perhaps Honduras deserved more. But if you don't score in four games, moving on in tournaments is sort of tough.