Today’s District Daily features stories on Wilson Ramos’ dominant first half and more on the ongoing MASN dispute between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles.
Good afternoon 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 Mike Petriello discusses how Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos became the best-hitting backstop in the game. As Petriello writes, Ramos has been an offensive force for the Nationals all season long.
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While he’s always had potential at the plate, Ramos had never developed into the big, middle of the order bat the Nationals needed him to be. This year, however, Ramos has been on fire, and he credits a lot of his success to eye surgery he underwent in March.
Here’s what Ramos said about his improvement, via Petriello’s article:
"“It helped me a lot to better recognize the pitches that are coming, helped me to not swing at pitches out of the zone,” Ramos said."
Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes has the latest on the ongoing dispute between the Nationals and the Orioles over their MASN TV rights.
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.
How Ramos became the best-hitting catcher
Wilson Ramos entered the All-Star break as the best-hitting catcher and the most improved hitter. Those are lofty claims, but they’re both true, and we’ll back them up with numbers shortly. For the moment, accept those truths so we can get right to the point: How in the world does a veteran catcher improve so drastically?
If you ask Ramos — and we did, at the annual All-Star Media Day in San Diego on Monday — it all came down to one choice, one the Washington backstop termed “the best decision I’ve made.” In early March, he underwent laser eye surgery, aimed at resolving vision issues that arose during his annual team physical. Read full article here.
The latest on the MASN dispute, including a ruling in favor of the Orioles
SAN DIEGO — The ongoing dispute between the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals over the rights fees the Nationals should receive from the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network made news, if not progress, again this week.
Judge Lawrence Marks of the New York Supreme Court denied the Nationals’ motion to compel the case back to the Revenue Sharing Definitions Committee of Major League Baseball (RSDC) while other outstanding appeals are being heard. The Orioles have asked an appellate court to decide whether MASN and the Orioles have a right to arbitration in a forum independent from the baseball world. Major League Baseball officials and owners comprise the RSDC, which the Orioles and MASN argue means it is it not neutral. Read full article here.