Anthony Rendon to be featured on MLB Network’s ‘Play Ball’ series, with a special appearance by Bryce Harper
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon will be a featured guest on ‘Play Ball’ tomorrow morning. The episode, which features an interview with Anthony, as well as a wiffle ball game with scholar-athletes at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, will air Saturday at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network.
‘Play Ball’ is hosted by Harold Reynolds and features baseball demonstrations, discussions and advice for young athletes from some of the league’s top players. Anthony’s teammate OF Bryce Harper was the featured athlete on the show last week. During his episode, Bryce discussed what he likes to do in the offseason, Daniel Murphy’s “FWAHHHH” celebration and other ways kids can try to make baseball fun again.
Be sure to tune in tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. on MLB Network to see Anthony at the Youth Baseball Academy, this time with a special appearance by Bryce!
In the meantime, enjoy the following clip of Anthony and Harold Reynolds from tomorrow’s show below.
Earlier this month, Kaylan, a 16-year-old softball player from Gaithersburg, Md., spent the day with OF Bryce Harper at Nationals Park, as Bryce fulfilled Kaylan’s wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their day together will be featured on ESPN’s “My Wish” series, and will air for the first time tonight, July 19, during the 6 p.m. episode of SportsCenter.
Kaylan first found out that her wish to meet Bryce would be granted at the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Evening of Wishes gala through a personalized video Bryce had filmed to surprise her.
Kaylan and Bryce’s day together included shopping at Under Armour, a VIP tour of Nationals Park, batting practice with the Nationals and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. MLB.com’s Jamal Collier had the opportunity to interview Kaylan, who has battled a kidney condition since she was born, while she was spending the day at the ballpark. His story can be found here.
“Make-A-Wish is grateful for Bryce Harper who provided Kaylan and her family with an experience they will always cherish,” said Laura Caldwell, President & CEO of Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic. “When times are difficult, we hope Kaylan and her family will remember the wish experience and feel a renewed sense of hope and optimism.”
Kaylan’s wish is part of the 10th-anniversary season of the “My Wish” series. Other featured athletes include J.J. Watt (Houston Texans), Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) and players from the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team.
Tune into SportsCenter tonight at 6 p.m. to watch the footage of Bryce and Kaylan’s very special day together! If you don’t get a chance to watch, we will be posting the video on Curly W Live after it airs tonight. Be sure to check it out!
Last week, five Washington Nationals players were named 2016 Major League All-Stars, with OF Bryce Harper, 2B Daniel Murphy, C Wilson Ramos, RHP Max Scherzer and RHP Stephen Strasburg all awarded the annual mid-season honor.
This is the first time in Nationals history (2005-present) that the club will send five representatives to the Midsummer Classic. Washington previously had four All-Star players in 2012. The Nationals’ five honorees are second-most in the National League, behind only the Chicago Cubs, who will send seven players to San Diego.
In anticipation of tonight’s game, we thought it would be fitting to take a look at our All-Stars and some of the amazing stats they’ve put up through the season’s first “half.”
OF Bryce Harper – Harper will start in the National League outfield for the third time in his career. The 23-year-old earned his fourth career All-Star selection by garnering 2,865,095 fan votes, the highest vote total among all NL outfielders. The 2015 National League MVP, Harper currently leads the Major Leagues in walks (70) and intentional walks (16). He ranks fifth in the National League in on-base percentage (.400), while his 19 home runs are tied for fifth among all NL outfielders, and his OBP leads that group. Harper joins Hall of Famers Gary Carter (4) and Andre Dawson (3) as the only players in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) to earn at least three fan elections to the All-Star Game.
2B Daniel Murphy – For Murphy, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this past offseason, this is the second All-Star selection of his career (also 2014). The Nationals’ second baseman leads the National League in batting average (.348), hits (117), and multi-hit games (38). The 31-year-old, a players’ selection to the NL squad, also leads all NL second basemen in doubles (25), home runs (17), RBI (66), and slugging (.598).
C Wilson Ramos – This is the first All-Star nod for Ramos, who currently leads all qualified Major League catchers in batting average (.330), on-base percentage (.382), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.536). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, after hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to increase his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 plate appearances in 2016 / 500 plate appearances in 2015). Ramos was elected via player vote.
RHP Max Scherzer – Scherzer is an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season. The 31-year-old leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (164), ranks second in the National League in strikeouts-per-nine-innings (11.56) and is tied for the second-best WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) in the NL (0.96). Scherzer earned his 10th win of the season on Saturday night, tossing 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this is the fourth consecutive season in which Scherzer has won at least 10 games before the All-Star break. Only two other pitchers reached double digits in wins prior to the break in each of four consecutive seasons over the last 20 seasons: RHP Greg Maddux (1997-2001) and RHP Roy Halladay (2005-11). Scherzer was selected to replace teammate Stephen Strasburg on the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.
RHP Stephen Strasburg – For Strasburg, the only remaining qualified starting pitcher in MLB not to suffer a losing decision, the All-Star nod is the second of his career (also 2012). At 12-0 with a 2.62 ERA, Strasburg is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956). On Friday, he extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015). He was selected to the 2016 All-Star team by National League manager Terry Collins.
Good luck to all the Nationals representatives tonight in the 2016 Major League All-Star Game at Petco Park in San Diego!
For the first time ever, the Nationals are set to host Taste of the World, a special event celebrating the unique, international community in Washington, D.C., featuring embassies from all over the world.
On Saturday, May 28 before the team plays the St. Louis Cardinals, the Taste of the World event will feature an array of international cuisine and beverages for fans to enjoy.
Here’s how it works:
With the purchase of a special ticket, fans will have access to the “Taste of the World” event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. under the large blue tent on 1st Street. Embassies will each bring food and drink samples from their respective countries. Tickets can be purchased at nationals.com/taste.
You won’t want to miss out on this fun experience featuring delicious cuisine from over a dozen countries! Participating embassies include:
- Dominican Republic
- South Korea
In addition to tasting cuisine from all over the world, each guest will receive a Nationals Salt & Pepper Shaker upon arrival (pictured below).
All fans are invited to enjoy other international-themed activities around the ballpark for Taste of the World, including cultural dance groups performing in Center Field Plaza, special pregame ceremony and in-park activations.
In preparation for Taste of the World, the Nationals have reached out to few embassies to get recipes of the food they are planning to bring on Saturday. Check back next week when we’ll be posting a few of those delicious recipes on the blog!