Washington Nationals’ History: Looking back at Matt Wieters signing


WASHINGTON – The Nationals lastly discovered the suitable mixture at catcher in 2019 because the tandem of veterans Kurt Suzuki and Yan Gomes helped information a pitching workers to a Wild Card spot after which a World Sequence title.

A couple of years earlier, it appeared Matt Wieters could be the catcher to get the Nationals previous the first-round playoff jinx.

However that didn’t occur, partially due to an odd inning with Max Scherzer on the mound one memorable October evening.

Wieters agreed to phrases with the Nationals on Feb. 21, 2017, after he had spent all of his earlier Main League profession with the Baltimore Orioles.

“On Tuesday, Wieters, who will play this season at 31, agreed with the Nationals on a two-year, $21 million contract with an opt-out after the primary 12 months, a supply mentioned. He’ll obtain $11 million this season and $10 million if he returns in 2018, with $5 million deferred by way of ’21,” the Day by day Curve reported when Wieters signed in 2017. “Regardless of signing Wieters, the Nationals have already got two catchers, Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, and a 3rd with promise, Pedro Severino. Their largest want continues to be to discover a nearer.”

A standout at Georgia Tech, Wieters was a first-round draft decide of the Orioles in 2007. When he was referred to as as much as the majors two years later, the promotion acquired a ton of consideration on social media – however not on the stage of hype for Bryce Harper when he made his main league debut.

Wieters was an All-Star with the Orioles in 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Beginning in 2011, he hit at the least 22 homers in three straight years.

After the 2016 season, many predicted Wieters would signal with the Nationals and that finally occurred.

Wieters performed in 123 video games in 2017 with the Nationals and hit .225 with 10 homers and 52 RBIs.

The following season he performed in 76 video games and batted .238 with eight homers and 30 RBIs.

He was behind the plate at Nationals Park within the playoff sport in opposition to the Chicago Cubs in October of 2017 when something that might go improper did with Max Scherzer on the mound out of the bullpen.

“Little of this was truly Scherzer’s fault. His catcher, Matt Wieters, had maybe the worst inning behind the plate of all time. He failed to dam a strike three-breaking ball in opposition to Javier Baez, which allowed Baez to get to first and preserve the inning alive. Within the course of, Wieters threw wildly and pointlessly to first, permitting Addison Russell to race all the best way residence from second base in the course of the play. House plate umpire, Jerry Layne, realized that Baez had clipped Wieters together with his comply with by way of on the swing, however misinterpreted the rule and didn’t name Baez out. Or, Layne merely missed what occurred within the chaos of the second and it wasn’t reviewable. Your guess is nearly as good as mine. Dusty Baker plead his case, however was ignored because the umpiring crew plowed ahead in ignorance,” Brandon Day of blessyouboys.com wrote.

The Nationals, in fact, misplaced the sport and the sequence to the Cubs.

Washington must wait till 2019 to get to the World Sequence.

By then, Wieters was a backup catcher for the Cardinals as he appeared in 67 video games that 12 months after which performed 19 video games for St. Louis in 2020.

Wieters didn’t play within the majors in 2021.

A local of South Carolina, he turns 36 in Might. He has performed in 1167 video games within the majors with 146 homers.

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