Local vendors and restaurants have one more week to send in their culinary concepts!
The Nationals strive to bring tasty additions to the ballpark each season in an effort to keep the guest experience fresh and exciting. In 2015, the Nationals unveiled several new concessions at Nationals Park, including grilled cheese sandwiches and decadent mac and cheese at Throwin’ Cheese in Section 130, and New York-style thin-crust pizza at Enzo’s Pizza in Sections 214 and 225. In May, Virginia Country Kitchen opened in Section 113, offering delicious homemade biscuits and Virginian beer and wine.
Nats fans have embraced these new concessions, and during the 2015 season, guests at Nationals Park consumed:
- More than 73,000 pizza slices from Enzo’s
- More than 11,000 biscuits from Virginia Country Kitchen
- Nearly 10,500 grilled cheeses from Throwin’ Cheese
Through the “Pitch Your Product” culinary showcase, your concession could be the next big thing at Nationals Park during the 2016 season!
The Nationals are giving local vendors and restaurants the chance to pitch their culinary concepts to be sold at Nationals Park during the 2016 season. Businesses from D.C., Maryland and Virginia have the exciting opportunity to have their product featured at a Major League ballpark.
“We are always looking for opportunities to offer a greater variety of local culinary flavors at Nationals Park,” said Valerie Camillo, Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. “We believe the ‘Pitch Your Product’ showcase will help us achieve this goal, while also giving vendors and restaurants from across D.C., Maryland and Virginia the chance to expand their visibility.”
Here’s how it works:
- Those interested must email email@example.com with their contact information and a brief description of their culinary concept.
- Applications will then be sent to select candidates.
- Individual food products and restaurant brands will both be considered, and finalists will be invited to formally present their concession idea to a panel of judges at Nationals Park in December.
- The deadline to apply is Friday, November 27.
- Additional details and guidelines are available at nationals.com/concessions. Some restrictions may apply.
And here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
- All restaurants and suppliers must be able to complete and submit the requirements listed here.
- Vendors and restaurants must be locally based and have a maximum of five restaurants.
May the odds be ever in your “flavor!”
by Amanda Comak
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on MLB Network.
Harper, who was 22 years, 353 days old at the close of the 2015 season, is the fourth-youngest player ever to win the MVP award, and the third-youngest to take the National League honors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only players younger than Harper ever to earn baseball’s highest single-season honor were Vida Blue (AL) in 1971 (22 years, 64 days), Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, in 1970 (22 years, 298 days), and Hall of Famer Stan Musial, in 1943 (22 years, 316 days).
Harper, the first MVP in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), garnered 420 points in the balloting process, including 30 first-place votes, and finished 186 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harper is just the seventh unanimous NL winner of the MVP award, and the youngest ever to accomplish the feat.
“The entire Lerner family extends congratulations to Bryce on his well-deserved Most Valuable Player award and his tremendous, record-setting season,” said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner. “It’s such a pleasure to watch him play and we look forward to his future outstanding contributions to the team.”
This caps an award-filled season for Harper, who joins Hall of Famer Walter Johnson (1913 & 1924) and Roger Peckinpaugh (1925) of the Washington Senators as D.C. MVP honorees. Harper’s 2015 season also earned him the NL Hank Aaron Award, a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger, the Player’s Choice Award for NL Outstanding Player, NL Player of the Month honors for May, three NL Player of the Week awards (May 4-10, 11-17, and Sept. 14-20), and the third All-Star selection of his career. Harper, who started in right field and hit third for the NL squad at the mid-summer classic, earned an NL-record 13,964,950 fan votes to be an All-Star starter.
“What a remarkable achievement for Bryce, to become the first Nationals or Expos player ever to earn the Most Valuable Player award,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. “There has never been a question about Bryce’s talent. It’s transcendent. And to watch him put together the type of historic season he did in 2015 – at age 22 – only heightens the excitement for what remains ahead of him. We are extremely proud.
“I also want to congratulate Bryce’s family, as well as our entire organization – including Bryce’s teammates, coaches, support staff, and scouting and player development – for the role they all played in helping Bryce earn this distinguished honor.”
Harper hit .330 with a .460 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage in 2015, clubbing 42 home runs, 38 doubles and one triple. He scored 118 runs and drove in 99. At the close of the season, Harper led the Major Leagues in a number of categories, including: on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (1.109), and Wins Above Replacement (9.5, per Fangraphs.com). He also led the National League in home runs (T1st, 42), at-bats per home run (12.40), and runs scored (118), while ranking second in the NL in walks with a franchise (WSH/MON) record 124.
The youngest player in MLB history to club 42 home runs and walk 124 times in a season (youngest since Babe Ruth, who hit 54 home runs and 150 walks in 1920 at age 25), Harper is also just the second player since 2000 to accumulate at least 42 homers, 124 walks, and 118 runs in a season, joining Barry Bonds (2001 – MVP, 2004 – MVP). In a season that included a three-homer game (May 6 vs. MIA), two four-walk, four-run games (Aug. 18 at COL & Sept. 3 vs. ATL), and the 500th hit of his career (HR, Sept. 5 vs ATL), Harper solidified his place among the game’s elite players.
This is the second BBWAA honor of Harper’s young career, as he was also named the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year, earning that award after his age-19 season.
With a focus on being proactive and utilizing injury-prevention techniques, the Washington Nationals announced a new medical structure and expansion on Tuesday, with several personnel additions and changes. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
In an innovative shift, the Nationals are transitioning their medical department to one that utilizes a proactive model, with significant analytic input. This will allow the Nationals to hone in on predictive factors to thwart potential injurious situations, and increase performance, by maintaining the health and wellness of their players.
The Nationals are pleased to welcome Harvey Sharman, the Director of Sports Medicine/Science for the Leeds United Football Club, as Executive Director/Medical Services. He will work with a Medical Services advisory board to oversee all facets of the Nationals’ training staff, and strength and conditioning programming.
The Nationals’ advisory board will be headed by: Dr. Keith Pyne, Chairman/Medical Services Advisory Board, Dr. Robin West, Lead Team Physician, and Bob Miller, Nationals Vice President & Assistant General Manager. Overall, the Nationals’ medical department will expand from 43 full- and part-time personnel to at least 48, reflecting the organization’s further investment in the health and wellness of Nationals players. The Nationals are also currently in discussions with additional personnel that will continue to expand the department.
Sharman, a physiotherapist, comes to Washington after 15 years with the Leeds United Football Club, the previous eight as the organization’s Director of Sports Medicine/Science. Sharman began with Leeds as an assistant physiotherapist, but evolved into the head of the organization’s medical department. During this time, Sharman focused on movement dysfunction, and, subsequently, the development of injury-prevention strategies. With Leeds, Sharman oversaw an injury reduction of more than 50 percent, including a significant drop in soft-tissue injuries (muscular/ligament/tendon injuries).
West, a board-certified orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon, joined Inova in July 2014 as the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Institute at Inova, where she oversees the program’s clinical, strategic, administrative and academic affairs. West, who has a special interest in the prevention and management of injuries, has served previously as the assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the head team physician for the Carnegie Mellon University athletic department, and as the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming and diving programs. A Southern California native, West joined Inova after more than 11 years of clinical experience as an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pyne, head of Keith E. Pyne, D.C. PLLC in New York City, specializes in working with specific professional sports injuries. His treatment concentrates on the neuromuscular structural integration that resolves injuries and biomechanical discrepancies by addressing the problem in the body’s kinetic chain. Pyne, who has been consulting for the Nationals since 2012, has consulted with and treated over 1,300 professional athletes across all major sports (including: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, golf, and track & field).
In addition to the significant changes atop the medical structure, the Nationals are also proud to announce the following additions and retentions:
- Paul Lessard joins the Nationals as Director, Athletic Training following six seasons as the Cincinnati Reds’ Head Athletic Trainer. With 18 years of experience as a Head Athletic Trainer in the Major Leagues, Washington is Lessard’s fourth Major League organization, having worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2005), and Boston Red Sox (2006-2009), in addition to the Reds (2010-2015). He has twice been selected to represent the National League at the MLB All-Star game (2012 & 2015). Lessard, a 1986 graduate of Northeastern University, spent 10 years as an Athletic Trainer for Boston University (1988-94) and the College of Holy Cross (1994-97). Before he was hired by BU, he spent two summers as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons (1985- 86) and two seasons with the New York Yankees’ Class-A Ft. Lauderdale affiliate (1987-88).
- Dale Gilbert comes to Washington as an Athletic Trainer after five seasons with the Texas Rangers, the previous four as the club’s medical coordinator. Gilbert originally joined the Rangers as the organization’s rehab coordinator in 2011. Before heading to Texas, Gilbert spent eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2003-2010), ascending through the Royals’ ranks from rehab coordinator to medical coordinator and, ultimately, athletic trainer. Gilbert spent six seasons (1997-2002) working as an athletic trainer in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before joining the Royals. The Montana native earned his degree in exercise science and physical education, with a minor in Spanish, from Arizona State University.
- John Hsu, who joined the Nationals in 2010, will remain on staff as an Athletic Training Assistant. The versatile Hsu, who has been on staff as an Athletic Training Assistant the past five seasons, got his start in professional baseball as an athletic trainer for the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) National Baseball Team (2004-05). Hsu graduated from California Baptist University with a master’s degree in athletic training in 2010, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan College of Physical Education in 2003.
- Matt Eiden, a six-year member of the Nationals’ strength and conditioning team, will return as the Nationals’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Eiden, who previously served as the Nationals’ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011-2015, as well as their Strength and Conditioning Intern from 2009-2010, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. A graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., Eiden played baseball and earned a degree in Business Management from Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) before playing independent professional baseball in the Arizona Winter League and in Galveston, Tex.
- Patrick Panico, who had previously served the Nationals as a Massage Therapist, will shift into the role of Corrective Exercise Specialist. Panico, who has been with the Nationals since the start of the 2013 season and has worked as a massage therapist/strength coach for over 20 years, was the founder of SPORTSFITNYC Integrated Conditioning Specialists in New York City. Panico’s professional baseball resume includes three years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning coach. Panico has studied a number of alternative therapeutic methods, including Active Release Technique, Trager Therapy and dynamic stretch, as well as sports massage.
- Joe Cancellieri joins the Nationals as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. Cancellieri comes to Washington after two years as an Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning coach for SportsLab NYC and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Cancellieri, who approaches exercise from a science-driven perspective, has focused on corrective exercise, rehabilitation, neuromuscular facilitation, injury prevention and strength and conditioning. Cancellieri, a native of New York, earned his Personal Training certification in 2011, and received his Master’s degree in Bio-Behavioral Sciences with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University in May, 2014. A competitive athlete throughout his life, Cancellieri became involved in the sport of Motocross as a teenager and has raced professionally since 2010.
The Nationals have also retained Dr. Thomas Cullen (Team Physician and Internist) and Dr. Bruce Thomas (Team Physician, Florida).
The Inova Sports Medicine Institute (ISMI) provides a unique experience focused on personalized care and comprehensive treatment to athletes and active people of all ages and abilities. Inova’s innovative approach to sports medicine encompasses all aspects of sports performance and wellness including injury care and prevention, rehabilitation and nutrition, and mental and physical performance. Led by Medical Director Robin West, MD, ISMI focuses on the entire mechanics of the athlete to determine the root cause of an injury and develop prevention strategies that will minimize recurrence and maximize athletic performance for the future.
ISMI methods include a concierge approach to sports medicine with a customized treatment plan based on the needs of each patient. Our expert team includes athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports psychologists and nutritionists who work together to develop a personalized plan, tailored to the specific injuries and goals for recovery of each patient.
Fruits of their Labor: Nationals Youth Baseball Academy Hosts Fall Harvest at ‘Field of Greens’ Urban Garden
Nationals Youth Baseball Academy scholar-athletes and community members got to truly experience farm-to-table eating on Wednesday when they conducted a fall harvest to celebrate the Academy’s urban farm, known as the ‘Field of Greens’.
Scholar-athletes, Academy staff and DC Greens staff harvested and taste-tested fall vegetables grown at the Academy.
Scholar-athletes took home their harvest and a deeper understanding of how food impacts personal and community health.
“Wednesday’s harvest event marked the Academy’s introduction to being a true ‘food production site,’” said Tal Alter, executive director of the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. “The scholar-athletes that took part in harvesting, taste-testing and pumpkin painting will grow up with this resource at their disposal, which will be complemented by holistic food education programs. This is an exciting accomplishment for us and consistent with our three core pillars – character development, academic enrichment and improved health.”
In September, the Academy expanded the ‘Field of Greens’, a 1,000-square-foot urban farm, in an effort to improve food access and food education for Academy scholar-athletes, their families and residents of Ward 7.
The expanded ‘Field of Greens’ became a reality with support from Walmart and DC Greens – a local organization striving to connect communities to healthy food through education, access and policy.
“We are teaching students that nutrition is key to being both a scholar and an athlete,” said Lauren Shweder Biel, co-founder and executive director of DC Greens. “It is especially important in a community where there are so many struggles surrounding food access. This is an ideal location to expose kids to food and planting, and we are excited to be here making fresh food fun!”
Additional harvests will take place throughout the autumn.
The Washington Nationals named first baseman Jose Marmolejos their Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Austin Voth their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The club also named right-handed pitcher Austen Williams the recipient of the third-annual Bob Boone Award.
Marmolejos, 22, led the South Atlantic League in hits (145), doubles (39) and RBI (87), ranked second in the league in slugging percentage (.485) and batting average (.310), and ranked third in OPS (.848) while playing in a team-high 124 games for Washington’s Single-A affiliate. He paced the Nationals’ Minor League system in hits (145), doubles (39), RBI (87), slugging percentage (.485) and batting average (.310).
A former non-drafted free agent, Marmolejos had a particularly strong second half of the season, hitting .335 with 24 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 55 RBI, 27 walks and 37 runs scored in the final 70 games of the season. All told, the first baseman hit .310 with 39 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 87 RBI, 35 walks and 63 runs scored in 2015. For his efforts, he was named a South Atlantic League post-season All-Star.
Marmolejos is in his fifth season in the organization. He was signed by Modesto Ulloa on June 9, 2011 after going undrafted in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. On September 9th, he was selected eighth overall by Tigres del Licey in the 2015 Dominican Winter League Rookie Draft.
Voth, 23, led all Nationals farmhands with 148 strikeouts and he ranked third in the organization with a 2.92 ERA. His 148 strikeouts ranked second in all of Double-A and were tied for ninth in all of Minor League Baseball. Voth went 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Harrisburg Senators, Washington’s Double-A Eastern League affiliate.
A fifth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Washington, Voth led the Eastern League in strikeouts (148), strikeouts/9.0 innings (8.47) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.70). He also ranked among league leaders in hits/9.0 innings (2nd, 7.67), WHIP (5th, 1.11), home runs/9.0 innings (5th, 0.57), ERA (8th, 2.92) and walks/9.0 innings (9th, 2.29). He earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors September 7th and was named an Eastern League mid-season All-Star.
Williams, 22, becomes the third recipient of the Bob Boone Award, which is granted annually to the Nationals minor leaguer who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the ‘Washington Nationals Way.’
Williams went 12-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 25 starts across three levels of Washington’s Minor League system. He began the season with Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse for a spot start on June 4. He was then transferred to Single-A Potomac on June 11, where he finished the season. Williams struck out 106 batters, walked 33, surrendered just five home runs and posted a 1.10 WHIP while opposing batters hit .231 against him. He ranked among Nationals Minor Leaguers in ERA (2nd, 2.58), wins (2nd, 12) and strikeouts (T4th, 106).
Selected in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University, Williams was named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star after going 8-1 with a 2.10 ERA (17 ER/73.0 IP) in 13 starts for Single-A Hagerstown.
The Nationals will honor these players in a ceremony at Space Coast Stadium during 2016 Spring Training.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS ORGANIZATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
2015: 1B Jose Marmolejos (Player of the Year), RHP Austin Voth (Pitcher of the Year), RHP Austen Williams (Boone)
2014: OF Steven Souza Jr. (Player of the Year), RHP Lucas Giolito (Pitcher of the Year), INF Wilmer Difo (Boone)
2013: OF Billy Burns (Player of the Year), RHP Taylor Jordan (Pitcher of the Year), 2B Tony Renda (Boone)
2012: INF Matthew Skole (Player of the Year), RHP Nathan Karns (Pitcher of the Year)
2011: INF Steve Lombardozzi (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Peacock (Pitcher of the Year)
2010: OF Tyler Moore (Player of the Year), LHP Tom Milone (Pitcher of the Year)
2009: C Derek Norris (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Meyers (Pitcher of the Year)
2008: OF Leonard Davis (Player of the Year), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (Pitcher of the Year)
2007: OF Justin Maxwell (Player of the Year), LHP John Lannan (Pitcher of the Year)
2006: INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), RHP Zechry Zinicola (Pitcher of the Year)
2005: INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), LHP Michael O’Connor (Pitcher of the Year)