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Podcast: Baseball in The District – Sammy Solis talks spring

Mar 13, 2014, 4:53 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

In this episode of ‘Baseball in The District,’ Nationals prospect Sammy Solis calls in to chat with Tim Murray about his spring training experience. I also called in from the road in Texas to discuss Doug Fister’s injury, the Braves’ pitching situation, and how the Nats’ second base competition is sorting out.

Check it out here:

  1. Section 222 - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Looking forward to listening to this edition Chase. Your analysis has been great so far.

    wonder if you could pass on a suggestion to your broadcasting partner. Tim is a radio guy so he is used to constantly letting people know who they are listening to. This makes sense on the radio because lots of people tune in to shows “already in progress”, so you want to make sure you tell them what station it is, who is broadcasting, and what they are talking about.

    But there’s no need to do that on a podcast. Everyone listening, whether at their computer or on their device having downloaded the podcast via iTunes, knows that they are listening to Baseball in the District with Tim Murray and Chase Hughes. Saying that once at the beginning of the podcast is enough!

    • Jb - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

      It’s called a “reset” and it serves many purposes. Lets the listener know which guy is which, since often listeners split their listening into multiple sessions and may not remember. Provides a convenient drop-off point for listeners who may not have time to listen to the whole thing in one gulp and would want to take a break and come back later. Basically it’s what separates the professional broadcasters from the guys who are podcasting from their mothers’ basements. I for one am happy that Tim and Chase are treating this as a professional endeavor.

      • Section 222 - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:51 PM

        Jb, you’re entitled to your opinion, but that’s baloney. The only podcasts who continually remind the listener who is talking are those that are rebroadcasts of radio programs. Frequent resets when there are just two people talking are not necessary in a podcast, professional or otherwise.

        Are you telling me that if you listen to half of Chase and Tim’s podcast and then come back later to finish it you need to be reminded who is speaking? Come on. And listeners don’t start listening in the middle of a podcast. They just don’t.

        I’m very happy that the podcast is so professional. That’s why I’m offering a suggestion to make it better.

      • therealjohnc - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        I don’t really give two hoots in a handbag about the “resets.” My problem with Tim is not that he’s a radio guy per se, it’s that (like a lot of radio guys) his knowledge of baseball seems very superficial.

  2. chiefwj - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Just back from game in Viera, Observations:

    Det threw more breaking balls than he has in the past, which appears to be his goal for spring training. He was generally pretty effective–after throwing two breaking pitches to David Wright, he threw a fastball up and in to strike him out; which arguably was set up by the breaking balls. Wouldn’t have happened last year.

    Soriano looked OK, but he was just getting his work in. Slider seemed to be working.

    Harper showed why his baseball intelligence is high. In first inning, with Span on third & one out, he hit a chopper to second base to plate the run. Looked like he was trying to do that, not hit one out. Very Werth-like.

    LaRoche looks like he needs to put on more weight. On the other hand, he went opposite way on both his hits.

    He’s a Met, but Noah Syndegaard looked like the real deal.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      A southpaw striking out Wright with an up-and-in FB is an accomplishment.

  3. Theophilus T.S. - Mar 13, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Cole and Purke were sent to the minors because they needed to be stretched out as starters. The brain trust didn’t do that with Solis — although I suppose they could do so tomorrow or the next day. Could this mean — espec. in light of Cedeno’s blow-up the other day — Williams is still weighing the possibility of Solis making the big club?

    The speakers on this laptop are crap and in general I prefer to read things not listen to them. If Solis said anything enlightening in the podcast I am certain some NI’er will allude to it.

    • unkyd59 - Mar 14, 2014 at 1:59 PM

      +1…. I’m just not gonna get around to listening to a 45 minute podcast. One very strong point of this blog is that I can keep up, in detail, with our boys, by grabbing a few minutes at a time, throughout the day. I’d love a print summary of these things, either in the post, itself, or in a comment…
      Thank you…

  4. nats128 - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:07 PM

    Whoa O Phoolies are Phitin with themselves! JRoll and Sandberg got into it!

  5. therealjohnc - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Chase, I can’t believe you said “elbow soreness usually means TJ.” Overhype much? Most times soreness is just soreness. TJ always starts with elbow soreness, but elbow soreness =/= TJ. Sheesh.

    And the “maybe the Tigers knew something we didnt’ know” (when talking about Fister’s soreness) also makes no sense. Because even if the Tigers considered Fister damaged goods and wanted to move him while they could, they could and should have gotten more for him. It’s not trading him that has garnered the criticism throughout the industry for that trade, it’s the poor return.

    • therealjohnc - Mar 13, 2014 at 8:34 PM

      Oops, that was Tim Murray who said those … not fully thought through things. Apologies to Chase.

      • Jb - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:45 PM

        See, here’s a good reason for the speakers to identify themselves more than once per podcast.

  6. DaveB - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Is anyone starting to worry that our expected bench (McLouth, Lobaton, Hairston, Moore, Espi) has a cumulative BA of .179? I know, I know … ST stats don’t matter … they’re just working on stuff … pitchers are ahead of batters it’s still early … etc., etc. … but golly gee, shouldn’t at least 1-2 of them be hitting occasionally?

    • David Proctor - Mar 13, 2014 at 9:33 PM

      They haven’t been utilized in their proper roles. For instance, Hairston a lot of ABs against righties and McLouth against lefties when both have bad platoon splits.

    • nats128 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Did you read that quote I posted up this morning from FP on Schu

      • David Proctor - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        I did. I kind of discredit what FP says about him since they’re good friends, but it seems to be true.

      • nats128 - Mar 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        True and FP has never hid that they have been friends away from the limelight. I still liked what he said. Real good inside info into the inner workings.

        Glad Kilgore ran with a full story. I like his hands off approach on trying to rebuild these guys.

        This on Desi is great:

        “He’s a guy I’m real careful talking to,” Schu said. “He’s been overcoached his whole life. It’s like every swing he takes, somebody is in his ear. He got bombarded, man. I just tell him, ‘Whenever you need me, I’m there for you.’ ”

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:55 AM

      I’m sure Rick Schu is a nice guy, but that Kilgore piece is ridiculous.

      It’s still the honeymoon–and ST–so Schu gets credit for how some guys are hitting well and for letting them alone and for being “light” and “changing the atmosphere” (what is he – an air freshener?) .

      Schu should enjoy it while it lasts, remember the example of Rick E.–it won’t last. Let the Nats go cold at the plate or get swept a couple of series, and he’ll get blamed for the ones who are hitting badly, and for not doing enough to adjust their approaches at the plate.

      Again, I’m not dumping on Schu – I’m sure he is a nice guy, and good at his job. And I know Kilgore has to file copy, but he ought to be ashamed to do it with such a lazy story.

      • Section 222 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:13 AM


  7. natinalsgo - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Your TGIF quote of the day from Matty Williams:

    “There are 3 types of baseball players: those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, & those who wonder what happens.”

  8. TimDz - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Off topic:
    Watched “The Baseball Show.” Mark seems more comfortable in front of the camera….the pieces on the Nats are well done ….
    ,However, I have no desire to hear about The Angelo’s, let alone for half the show….

    The Angelo’s have more than their share of coverage on MASN. I would like to see CSN have a Nats-centric program….

    • natinalsgo - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:34 AM


    • sjm308 - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Tim: how can I watch that? I went over to the CSN website but just found little video snippets of Mark. I have to think its on the computer somewhere or “on demand” with fios. Thanks in adavance

      • TimDz - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:34 AM

        It was on at 6:30 pm on CSN. I THINK that is the regularly scheduled time. I set my DVR and watched it late last night.
        I have comcast until next week, when I switch over to Verizon FIOS.

    • natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:57 AM


      • TimDz - Mar 14, 2014 at 8:59 AM

        I suck at math, but isn’t 1 squared (I can’t do the raised two thingy), still just one?

      • Chas - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        + π

      • natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        I also stink at math, so you’re on your own there. How about this symbol? Would it adequately convey my point? Gosh, I sure hope so. I’m running out of symbols here. 😉


      • Sec 3.14159, My Sofa - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        + √-1

        or am I imagining things?

      • natsfan1a - Mar 14, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Okay, now that’s just waaay over my head. On the plus side, I didn’t swing at it, so maybe my post recognition is improving. :-)

    • Section 222 - Mar 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      +1 Luckily if you record the show you can fast forward over the O’s stuff. But still.

  9. natinalsgo - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Mark Zuckerman, are you doing a gift match to your alma mater?

    “@darrenrovell: Dodgers owner Mark Walter giving $40M to Northwestern, includes gift to athletics & law school where he graduated.”

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 14, 2014 at 7:56 AM

      Match the #, just move the decimal.





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