Washington Nationals Quiet in Offseason Market

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In 2010, Chuck Rocha founded Solidarity Strategies, a Washington, DC-based political consulting firm that he continues to lead as president. In his free time, Chuck Rocha follows his hometown professional baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

Washington Nationals fans had a lot to be happy about in 2016, as the team ended the regular season in first place in the National League East division. The Nationals also finished the regular season tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-most wins league-wide, with only the eventual World Series-winning Chicago Cubs tallying more. Making their third trip to the playoffs since 2012, the Nationals fell 3-2 in nail-biting Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the subsequent offseason, Nationals management has been relatively quiet. In December, the franchise traded minor-league prospect Pedro Avila for the San Diego Padres veteran catcher Derek Norris, though the Nationals released Norris in March.

In another trade, the club acquired Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for three right-handed pitchers. Two of the pitchers, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, are considered top prospects. While a costly acquisition, Eaton comes to the Nationals following a productive 2016 season in which be batted .284 and was a finalist for the Gold Glove.


Washington Nationals Shrerzer Receives Baseball’s Highest Honor

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Successfully completing the trade union program at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Chuck Rocha focused his studies on the fields of work life and labor. Currently serving in Washington, DC, as the president of Solidarity Strategies, Chuck Rocha hosts the Rocha Revolution podcast, available on iTunes, and possesses 16 years of consulting and Latino outreach experience. Mr. Rocha’s personal interests include following professional baseball, and he is a fan of the Washington Nationals.

Making the announcement on Major League Baseball (MLB) Network, the Baseball Writers Association of America honored Washington Nationals Max Scherzer as the 2016 National League Cy Young Award winner. This is the second time the right-handed pitcher received the recognition; he won it three years ago in the American League.

Becoming only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to receive the honor in both leagues, Scherzer joins an exclusive group including Roy Halladay, Roger Clemens, and Hall of Famers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, and Gaylord Perry. Scherzer is the first player in Washington Nationals present-day history to receive MLB’s top pitching honor and only the second pitcher in franchise (Nationals and Expos) history.

As a four time All-Star, the Nationals pitcher gathered 192 points during the balloting process, 25 of which were first place votes. Scherzer finished 90 points ahead of second place recipient Jon Lester of the 2017 World Champion Chicago Cubs.