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Top 5 MLB Closer Celebrations

Do closer celebrations bother you? Here is a list of some of my favorite closer celebrations to help you decide whether they are awesome or down right classless.

07/21/2014

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13: Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks at bat during the MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on April 13, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 8-6.

National League Mid-Season Team MVPs

Sometimes a team’s best players don’t make the All-Star team. Here are the National League’s mid-season team MVPs.

07/11/2014

Eury Perez  scores on a walkoff on a ball put into play by teammate Wilson Ramos (not pictured) for a walk-off win on anerror against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of game 2 of their day-night doubleheader at Nationals Park on September 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. (credit: Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

Split vs Marlins Leaves Nats 5 Back with 6 Left

The Nationals began Sunday with a ceremony honoring retiring manager Davey Johnson. By the end of the night, their playoff hopes were just about dashed.

09/22/2013

Ryan Zimmerman celebrates his sixth inning home run against the New York Mets with teammate Jayson Werth at Citi Field on Sept. 11, 2013. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Haren, Zimmerman Help Nats Top Mets for 5th Straight Win

Dan Haren pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Ryan Zimmerman homered and the Washington Nationals won their fifth straight game, beating the New York Mets 3-0 on Wednesday in a night full of 9/11 tributes.

09/11/2013

Jayson Werth follows through on a third inning RBI double against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sept. 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Werth’s HR, 2 Doubles Lead Charging Nats Past Mets

Jayson Werth kept up his power surge with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Washington Nationals past the New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

09/10/2013

Tyler Clippard celebrates with catcher Jhonatan Solano after a win over the Phillies earlier this season. (Photo credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Soriano’s Struggles Have Opened Door for Clippard’s Return to Closer Role

For decades, major league pitchers were supposed to finish what they started. Relief pitchers were those who weren’t good enough to make the rotation, simple as that.

08/19/2013

Hector Sanchez #29 of the San Francisco Giants hits a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on August 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Nats’ 5-Game Win Streak Snapped in 4-3 Heartbreaker to Giants

Pinch-hitter Hector Sanchez hit a three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Nationals 4-3 on Thursday, snapping Washington’s five-game win streak.

08/15/2013

Drew Storen #22 of the Washington Nationals reacts after giving up a home run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on July 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nats’ Mike Rizzo on Storen Demotion: ‘I Thought We Handled It Perfectly’

Fireworks erupted through the media following the Mike Rizzo’s decision to demote Drew Storen last Friday, including Tyler Clippard accusing the team of handling the situation poorly. Well, Rizzo responded on Wednesday, saying the team “handled it perfectly.”

07/31/2013

Rafael Soriano #29 of the Washington Nationals reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Alex Rios #51 of the Chicago White Sox in the top of the ninth inning during a game at Nationals Park on April 9, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Rizzo: Soriano Needs to Speak With Harper ‘Face to Face’

Mike Rizzo hadn’t heard that closer Rafael Soriano had called out Bryce Harper for his positioning on a game-tying triple by the Giants last night. But if he had a problem with Harper, he says making his case to the newspapers isn’t how he would have handled it.

05/22/2013

Miami Marlins v Washington Nationals

Denard Span Playing Center Field Relaxes Harper as Hitter

It’s easy to put too much stock in poor performances early in the season, as it is to overvalue unexpected hot streaks. These overreactions enforce the importance of Rizzo’s weekly radio show with 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny in keeping fans levelheaded to set the tone for a long season.

04/10/2013

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