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Beltway Boys: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and the Rise of the Nationals

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An insider’s look at the Washington Nationals’ breakout season and their unique strategy to piece together a contending team, this work shows how the team combined once-in-a-generation talent with an experienced manager and a roster of other talented young players to lead the team to the top of the National League East. Anchored by a pair of number one draft picks—the steady, serious Stephen Strasburg and the brash, bold Bryce Harper—the Nationals have been elevated to first place in the National League East. ...

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Overview

An insider’s look at the Washington Nationals’ breakout season and their unique strategy to piece together a contending team, this work shows how the team combined once-in-a-generation talent with an experienced manager and a roster of other talented young players to lead the team to the top of the National League East. Anchored by a pair of number one draft picks—the steady, serious Stephen Strasburg and the brash, bold Bryce Harper—the Nationals have been elevated to first place in the National League East. Beltway Boys dives into Strasburg and Harper’s preordained journey to the major leagues and the challenges they faced once they arrived, including Strasburg’s recovery from Tommy John Surgery and Harper’s misperceived persona. Also included are several never-before-told stories about the budding superstars, manager Davey Johnson, and general manager Mike Rizzo, making this the perfect reference for any baseball fan.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600788031
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,393,404
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Elliott Smith is a freelance writer who previously served as the Seattle Mariners beat writer for the Olympian for six years. He has covered the Washington Nationals for several outlets, including the Associated Press and MLB.com. He also covers Georgetown basketball for the Washington Times and the Washington Redskins for Express. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia. Bob Carpenter has been the Washington Nationals' play-by-play announcer on television broadcasts since 2006. He calls games on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) with color analyst F.P. Santangelo. Carpenter resides in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2014

    Elliot Smith¿s debut book is an efficient and educational stor



    Elliot Smith’s debut book is an efficient and educational story of the National’s rise from expansion-team doormat to division champs. My favorite part was the Ecstasy and the Agony, including the description of the Werth at bat. Although there were times when I felt like it was becoming an apologia for the Nationals (for example, the author seems to suggest that the reason why other GMs criticized Mike Rizzo for the decision to shut down Stephen Strasburg was guilt) it covers all the bases and is a good introduction to the team for Nat’s fans and fans of other teams.

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