District Daily: Nationals could keep Danny Espinosa on right side of plate


Sep 9, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa (8) doubles during the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated against the Atlanta Braves 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

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Nats could keep Espinosa on right side of plate

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals are seriously considering making second baseman Danny Espinosa exclusively a right-handed hitter, MLB.com has learned.

Espinosa struggled mightily from the left side of the plate this past season, hitting .183 with 97 strikeouts in 249 at-bats. But he flourished from the right side, going 31-for-115 (.301) with three home runs and 10 RBIs. Espinosa also struggled mightily as a left-handed hitter in 2013 and spent most of that year in the Minor Leagues. One could understand why Espinosa’s days as a switch-hitter could be over. Read full article here.

Old-school Williams part of new breed of managers

(Tracy Ringolsby, MLB.com)

During his playing career, Matt Williams was given the nickname “The Big Marine.” He was old-school at its best.

Now look at him.

Williams found himself in position on Tuesday to become the poster boy for the new-breed manager.

The Nationals’ first-year skipper was honored with the National League Manager of the Year Award, beating out the Pirates’ Clint Hurdle, who won the award a year ago, and the Giants’ Bruce Bochy, who won the award in 1996. Read full article here.