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Nationals prospects make Arizona Fall League debuts

Locally, the upshot from the Texas Rangers winning their first ever postseason series Tuesday night was bleak: The Nationals' franchise is now the only one without a playoff series victory in their history.

How would you like to take your mind off that? Well, several Nationals made their first appearances in the Arizona Fall League last night for the Scottsdale Scorpions, who beat Peo Saguaros 4-3. The highlights for the Nationals:

>> Catcher Derek Norris went 1 for 2 with a two-run home run, two walks and two runs. It was a typically patient performance at the plate for Norris -- he saw 22 pitches in four plate appearances.

>> Pitcher Brad Peacock struck out four in two innings of relief, allowing no runs on one hit and no walks.

>> Michael Burgess went 0 for 3 with a walk.

By Adam Kilgore  | October 13, 2010; 12:26 AM ET
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Hopefully the team can take care of the many other milestones that Montreal met but the Nationals haven't yet. I'd like to see one of the Nats pitch a no-hitter, for instance. I will worry about winning a playoff series after the team makes it to the playoffs in the first place. I will worry about the playoffs after the team has its first winning season. All the other milestones, like Cy Young, MVP and Rookie of the Year Awards, will also take the edge off while we wait for that first playoff series win.


Posted by: kevincostello | October 13, 2010 4:58 AM | Report abuse

Um, I believe that the Expos won a playoff series in 1981.

Atta team, Scorpions!

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 13, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Expos beat the Phillies in NLDS in 1981. Steve Rogers shut out Phils and Carlton in game 5 to win series.

Posted by: mojo6 | October 13, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

It was that weird split season strike year that cause a unique, for that time, extra playoff series. So Adam's right for non-strike season playoffs. Gotta throw AK a bone.

Posted by: mojo6 | October 13, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

When are we going to get to a point where when someone says "franchise" we know whether they are talking about the Nationals or the Nationals / Expos?

I wish the Nats would decide and, personally, I wish we'd just drop the Expos from our "franchis history". Nothing againts the Expos, but it irks me, and it's non-sensical, that the all time winningest pitcher in the history of the Minnesota Twins franchise is Walter Johnson. And that the Indianapolis Colts claimed Johnny Unitas, etc.

Let the Expos be the Expos. Let the Nats be the Nats.

Posted by: Sunderland | October 13, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Sad that one of the highlights is a guy going 0-3 with a walk

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 13, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Forty plus years removed from the DC area the Texas Rangers finally get to the next level the ALCS, congrat's to Nolan Ryan, John Daniels, Ron Washington,and especially the players who never gave up and who displayed grit and determination the whole season.

Posted by: dargregmag | October 13, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I think it's a little innacurate and melodramatic to say that the Nats have never one a playoff series. The Natspos have and while the Nats have not, they are also - by defining them as post 2005 only - the youngest franchise in the majors by far. And if measuring futility, wouldn't a better standard bearer be the Cubs? Sure they've been in the playoffs, but a century plus of failure has really got to get your goat.

Posted by: natbiscuits | October 13, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Please note the flags flying above the right field stands.

They are labelled 1924, 1925, 1933. 'Nuff said!

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | October 13, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Good points, natsbiscuits (and good one re. the Cubs' futility "getting their goat" - assuming that it was intentional :-)).

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | October 13, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm happy to see Norris have a strong start... could have a future with the Nats at 1b or LF... good power, good patience at the plate is a nice combo, kinda reminds me of Mr. Willingham there...

Or, if he can stay at C, he could turn into a nice piece of trade bait (or allow them to turn Wilson Ramos into trade bait)...

Anyway, nice to see something positive for the Nats...

Posted by: Ghost7 | October 13, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If there was ever a way for Stan Kasten to get back in the good graces of the Nats fans it would be this.

Become Commissioner as you want to do. After you become Commissioner, work out a deal with the Rangers and the Twins to give Washington its history back. Then turn around and give the Expos history back to Yuppie (throw in Screech as a added bonus). Then and only then will we forgive you for the bus loads of Philly fans you personally escorted in here.

Posted by: hansenjo | October 13, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I could care less whether the Spos history stays with the club or not. The Nats history of never having played above .500 ball and of finishing last for 3 straight years is enough of a losing past without having to include the Expos's slate of lousy finishes.

Posted by: dfh21 | October 13, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I don't think any formal ruling is needed for Washington to claim the Senators' history (or histories). The Twins and Rangers seem to have little interest.

It's up to ownership to promote an orientation to Washington baseball history, and I expect that will be easier to do once they are putting a respectable product on the field.

Posted by: KenNat | October 13, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Texas was in the Texas league in 1924, 1925 and 1933. Not the American League. But since WJ was from Texas ...

The current franchise is not in the AL ... and it was more than 30 years before a major league franchise returned to DC? Unlike the Twins situation in which "mixed histories" were involved with both franchises perhaps claiming the history of the old Senators.

This team is in the NL now. You have to go to the way back, to the turn of the century to find a history for NL Nationals methinks.

Posted by: periculum | October 13, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Even though I acknowledge that the franchise has won a playoff series when they were the Expos, that doesn't mean that those three pennants on top of the scoreboard, Walter Johnson's records (he's from Kansas, not Texas, by the way) and Hondo's shots into the upperdeck of RFK all belong to the Washington Nationals and their fans. Besides, no one else wants them, nor does any other team or city deserve them.

Posted by: mojo6 | October 13, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

I meant to say "that doesn't mean that those three pennants on top of the scoreboard, Walter Johnson's records (he's from Kansas, not Texas, by the way) and Hondo's shots into the upperdeck of RFK don't all belong to the Washington Nationals and their fans." Cue the Adam leaves out key words in his posts posts.

Posted by: mojo6 | October 13, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Ladson reports Harper is headed to Arizona...

Posted by: amorris525 | October 13, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

This is off topic, but I do not want to hear any more about Cliff Lee coming here. I cannot imagine one reason why he would do so -- decide after a triumphant first round, perhaps even more successese in the wings, to alight in Washington, where the President of the team just walked away, apparently because ownership is not interested in spending what it would cost to win? Please.

Posted by: markfromark | October 13, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

One more reason to follow the AFL. According to "Sue Deinem" at NationalsProspects, Harper tore up the Instructional League, most telling stat. to me was his 400+ OBP.

For an interesting discussion who might really be coming to DC see Harper Godek (sp?) at Nationals Baseball.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | October 13, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The Yanks get everyone they want, Lee will be a Yankee. I hope the Nationals sign a good pitcher, I know the Yankees will sign Lee.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | October 13, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Should Norris keep his numbers up in the AFL, he might be a nice piece of trade bait for something the Nats could use.

Posted by: cokedispatch | October 13, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Don't overmisunderestimate the Phillies getting him back.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | October 13, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to those that set things right re. the franchise's playoff history. Of course, it can be said that the Nats franchise is one of the few that have never won a pennant ...

Posted by: mgilham | October 14, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

Never won a pennant? '24, '25, and '33. Happened right up 7th street where Georgia and Florida avenues intersect.

Posted by: 6thandD | October 14, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Satre-Bleu!! The Dodgers talk about Brooklyn ,The Giants about New York,the Braves about Milwaukee and Boston and the A's about Philly because there was a proud history there. Conversely the St. Louis Browns, the Seattle pilots are forgotten about because they were mostly inconsequential.
“Nos Amours” left a proud record and rich heritage. There was a whole language "lanceur", "frappeurs", "le gérant","grande circuit". There was food "Poutine". There was culture "Youppi!"
Anybody attending a "jeu" at parc Jarry and Le Stade Olympic had an unforgettable experience.
Washington should embrace this past with great relish. A annual turn back the clock night should include those original expos uniforms as well as a bilingual announcer..

Posted by: jbgordon | October 14, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I hear the Natinals had a helluva season back in '24, '25 and '33. Although, I doubt this ever happened.

Posted by: jwing14 | October 15, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The Nationals have been a major league team for 5 years. Forget the Expos. Major league baseball traded most of the Expos veterans and prospects away before they arrived in DC so we have no connection whatsoever to the Montreal franchise.

No playoff series win in 5 years?

I am about to cry.

The Pirates have what, 19 straight losing seasons?

The Red Sox waited almost 80 years for a World Series champion?

There are a lot of 'hard knocks' stories out there in sports, not winning in 5 years in DC baseball is not one of them.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | October 19, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

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