Washington Nationals News: Max Scherzer caps stellar season with Player of the Week honors

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinions with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Joey Nowak discusses Max Scherzer‘s dominant finish to the 2015 season, and how his no-hitter in his final start of the year netted him NL Player of the Week honors to close out the season.

Scherzer’s no-hitter was phenomenal, as the right-hander tore through the Mets’ lineup time and time again while striking out a whopping 17 batters, including nine in a row. Scherzer undoubtedly deserved the award, and it was a fitting end to what was mostly a spectacular season for the Nationals’ $210 million ace.

It was the second time this season that the right-hander received Player of the Week honors. He was also named the NL Pitcher of the Month in May and June.

Of course, had Scherzer pitched to his abilities all season long, the right-hander would likely be the unanimous choice for the NL Cy Young Award as well. When the Nationals began to slide in the second half, so did Scherzer, and his slump ultimately crushed his chances of taking home the big prize.

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But Scherzer’s impressive finish to the season is an encouraging sign for him and for the Nationals, and it’ll be interesting to see how he follows up yet another impressive season in his second year with the club in 2016.

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Thomas Boswell gives his take on what the Nationals should look for in their search for a new manager.

Be sure to check out both articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Scherzer named NL POW to close season

(Joey Nowak, MLB.com)

Max Scherzer‘s second no-hitter of the season has earned him the National League Player of the Week honors for the final week of the regular season.

It is the second NL Player of the Week award for Scherzer, who also won it on June 22 (and also won the AL Player of the Week on June 24, 2013, while with the Tigers). He was also named the NL Pitcher of the Month for May and June this year. Read full article here.

After parting ways with Matt Williams, Nationals need to find a true leader

(Thomas Boswell, Washington Post)

Everyone has a personality. Some want to show it in public, incorporate it into their job and then live, enthusiastically, with the consequences. Successful big league managers, with a few exceptions, fall into this category. They show who they really are to their players, their opponents and the public. And, over time, their teams come to resemble them in positive ways.

Some people, such as Matt Williams, aren’t interested in being known beyond a certain point.

Williams was fired by the Washington Nationals on Monday, in part, for standard reasons: poor building, handling and protecting of his bullpen. A dugout fight showed he was out of his own team’s information loop. He has the lousy luck to get saddled with injuries or rotten years from key stars. Read full article here.

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