“We ought to be able to lead the effort and if others in the community favor a change, we would welcome it — particularly in light of the country’s current leadership stance with regard to intolerance.”
The other question is what it could be changed to, if that change is allowed. Henry is publicly throwing his support behind David Ortiz receiving the honor but acknowledges that it will be an ongoing process. Perhaps, in this particular situation, a fan vote should be eschewed for a more official process.
The Nationals have had a large divisional lead pretty much all season, but even with their stellar record they had a clear weakness earlier in the year in the bullpen. Before the All-Star break, Washington relievers had a 5.20 ERA and a strikeout rate of 20.7 percent.
A pair of trades have bolstered the relief corps in the nation’s Marshon Lattimore Jerseys capital. Madson and Sean Doolittle were acquired from the Oakland Athletics on July 16, and the Nationals got Brandon Kintzler from the Minnesota Twins on July 31.
Since the All-Star break, Nationals relievers have a collective 3.83 ERA and a 25.6-percent strikeout rate, a marked improvement from the first half.
The trio of acquisitions have been even better, combining for a 1.50 ERA with Washington, with 30 strikeouts and eight walks in 30 innings. Madson has been the best of the group with nine scoreless innings and 13 strikeouts Andrew Cashner Jerseys against just one walk, holding batters to just .161/.212/.290 with his new team.
The DL move for Madson was made retroactive to Monday, meaning the earliest he could be activated is Aug. 24.