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2013 Baseball Preview: Washington Nationals

The pieces appear to be in place for this Nationals team to play well into October
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<p> The Nationals appear to be as well equipped as anyone to survive both the marathon of the 162-game season and the sprint of October.</p>

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Best Rookie in Baseball: Bryce Harper or Mike Trout?

Currently, there's no competition
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Mike Trout or Bryce Harper?

Proposing the question to most casual fans as to who the top rookie in baseball is this season, most answers will include Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals, either at the top or near the top of their lists.

Baseball's 2012 Rookie Class

Athlon Sports projects the best rookies for 2012.
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<p> Athlon Sports projects the best rookies for 2012.</p>

Remember those cool little trophies that Topps has put on baseball cards of the previous year’s best rookies? The card company began the practice in 1960 honoring the best rookies from 1959 — a group that included the likes of Pumpsie Green and Hall of Famer Willie McCovey.


Since that time, Topps has forsaken the trophies in a few years, but has continued to select an All-Rookie Team. Topps usually honors eight position players and two pitchers, one right-handed, one lefty. We prefer four starters and a closer.

NL East Predictions

Phillies have left the door open for Braves, Marlins, Nats
<p> With cracks appearing in the Philadelphia offense, the NL East has become the most competitive division in baseball. The door is open — or at least ajar — for the Braves, Nationals and Marlins to enter.</p>

NL East
1. Philadelphia
2. Atlanta (wild card)
3. Washington
4. Miami
5. New York

Washington Nationals 2012 Preview

Nats ready to compete in tough NL East
<p> The Nationals ended the 2011 season with their best record since their first year in Washington, a healthy Stephen Strasburg and plenty of reasons to be optimistic about their chances to compete in the NL East in 2012.</p>

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Bryce Harper is the Next Big Thing

<p> Logic, and 100-plus years of baseball history, would suggest that there must be a level of professional baseball at which Bryce Harper meets failure, where he finally encounters pitching he cannot simply overpower, where the 18-year-old prodigy is made to look his age.</p>

Logic, and 100-plus years of baseball history, would suggest that there must be a level of professional baseball at which Bryce Harper meets failure, where he finally encounters pitching he cannot simply overpower, where the 18-year-old prodigy is made to look his age.

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