Sep 28, 2015, 12:01 AM EST
It has been hours since the Nationals’ game ended and the media left the clubhouse, and yet it is still hard for me to believe what happened. Who could have predicted the Nats season would take such a turn just one day after they were officially eliminated from the playoff race? There is still so…
Sep 27, 2015, 8:31 PM EST
It was just four days ago that Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon found himself in the middle of a suspension-worthy altercation, the result of plunking Orioles third baseman Manny Machado near the head during Wednesday’s 4-3 loss. But after Sunday’s melee with his own teammate, NL MVP candidate Bryce Harper, might the 34-year-old reliever receive another punishment…
Sep 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EST
By the time the bottom of the eighth inning concluded, images of Jonathan Papelbon and Bryce Harper’s dugout scuffle had just begun to circulate around Nats Park. Given the emotions exerted between the two (Harper was seen charging into the clubhouse in frustration) and the fact that Papelbon had already pitched the previous frame, it…
Sep 27, 2015, 6:50 PM EST
Saturday night was supposed to be rock bottom for the Nationals. They were officially eliminated from playoff contention, thus putting to rest preseason expectations of a dominant team destined to win a World Series. But little did they know, just one day later matters would indeed get much, much worse. Closer Jonathan Papelbon grabbed superstar Bryce…
Sep 27, 2015, 4:43 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: For the first time all season, the Nationals took the field to play a game in which they were not a part of a pennant race. With playoff elimination behind them, all that’s left are the eight meaningless games against NL East opponents that could have been do-or-die had the Nats not squandered…
Sep 27, 2015, 11:57 AM EST
The Nationals have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still have eight games to play. On Sunday they finish off their series with the Philadelphia Phillies with Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.94) and Aaron Harang (6-15, 4.93) set to pitch. Gio will look to recover from a rough outing against the Orioles on Sept. 22. He gave…
Sep 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EST
For weeks, the Nationals knew this day would come. They knew their inevitable fate of being eliminated from the playoff race was going to happen, one way or another. There were nights when it seemed like it was already over, then the window would open and a glimmer of light would shine through. There were many…
Sep 26, 2015, 7:58 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals came to the ballpark on Saturday with a matchup against the lowly Philadelphia Phillies, knowing their elimination number for the playoffs sat at just one game. Their season stood on its last leg, despite nine games remaining and their preseason expectations of a World Series title. That end would…
Sep 26, 2015, 3:46 PM EST
The Nationals gave out their annual minor league awards on Saturday, naming first baseman Jose Marmolejos their minor league player of the year and right-hander Austin Voth their minor league pitcher of the year. Pitcher Austen Williams also received the Bob Boone Award, given to a player who exemplifies professionalism and work ethic, among other…
Sep 26, 2015, 3:26 PM EST
When Reed Johnson first went down with a torn tendon his his left foot in April, he was given a recovery timeline of eight months. After just 12 plate appearances with the Nats, who signed him late in spring training, his season was likely over. Then he defied the odds to begin a minor league rehab assignment…
Sep 26, 2015, 12:23 PM EST
The Nationals being eliminated from playoff contention has perhaps been a delayed inevitability for quite some time, but that won’t make it any easier when it actually happens. That time may come on Sunday, as the Nats enter their afternoon matchup with the Phillies holding on to an elimination number of just one game in…
Sep 26, 2015, 11:12 AM EST
Here is a look at Major League Baseball with analysis from Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman and Nationals writer Chase Hughes: LAUNCH PHOTO GALLERY 30. Phillies – Zuckerman: (LW: 30) Nice to see Pete Mackanin rewarded with a chance to return as manager in 2016. 29. Braves – Zuckerman: (LW: 29) Worst season in Atlanta since 1990. 28. Rockies…
Sep 25, 2015, 2:04 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN On this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District’ we brought on Al Galdi of ESPN 980 to break down the Nats-Orioles series and discuss many other topics regarding Bryce Harper, Matt Williams and the Nationals’ future. With Galdi we talked about the Manny Machado vs. Jonathan Papelbon fiasco, Williams’ future…
Sep 23, 2015, 12:25 PM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 4-2 Team slash: .269/.372/.437 Team ERA: 3.11 Runs per game: 6.6 STOCK UP Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.356 OPS The discussion about who should be NL MVP is just about over; the…
Sep 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
At the rate he is going, an MVP favorite at the age of 22, Bryce Harper is probably going to set a lot of records before his career is over. He will likely break a bunch of Nationals team records, as they only have 11 seasons to pull from. Then, he will set his sights on…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:39 PM EST
Of all the reasons why the Nationals have fallen short of expectations in 2015, of all the persistent problems that have stood in their way, the continued squandering of opportunities has loomed as large as any. Time and time again the schedule has favored the Nats, or their opponent has gifted them breaks on a…
Sep 22, 2015, 9:56 PM EST
GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals took the field on Tuesday winners of seven of their last eight, but their momentum both on the mound and on offense was stalled as the Baltimore Orioles controlled the series opener from start to finish with the final result a 4-1 Washington loss. The Nats have lost 9 of their last…
Sep 22, 2015, 6:20 PM EST
Danny Espinosa is generally considered one of the toughest players on the Nationals, a guy who has played through bumps and bruises the size of watermelons, manager Matt Williams likes to say. So, when Espinosa goes down with an injury, you can bet it’s something relatively serious. The Nats infielder, who has not played since Sept.…
Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EST
Okay, let’s give this another shot. The Nationals and Orioles had their series opener postponed on Monday night, so now they will try again on Tuesday with the same pitchers scheduled to start. The forecast is much better for this one with a slight chance of rain in the early evening before it clears up…
Sep 22, 2015, 11:03 AM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES We keep going back to Shelby Miller in this space every week, but it’s a truly bizarre storyline that continues to perplex. After dropping another decision Monday night vs. the Mets, Miller is now lost his last seven starts and is 5-16 (!) on the season despite owning a solid 3.00 ERA. There’s…
Sep 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper was named co-NL player of the week on Monday along with teammate Stephen Strasburg. It was the third time this season Harper has earned the honors, having also won in back-to-back weeks in May. With how good Harper has been this season, those will likely not be the only awards he wins. There…
Sep 21, 2015, 6:04 PM EST
One day after it was revealed by the Nationals that infielder Danny Espinosa has been dealing with a right hamstring injury, manager Matt Williams said the next step will be an MRI, set for Tuesday. Espinosa has a right hamstring strain that was diagnosed after he underwent an ultrasound. Now he will require further testing…
Sep 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST
UPDATED: 5:23 p.m. When the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the hope was that they would someday provide a dynamic tandem as two of the best players in baseball. For the last week, that was exactly the case, as both earned honors as co-NL…
Sep 21, 2015, 12:39 PM EST
Top storylines: A glimmer of hope – With the Mets having lost on consecutive days, and the Nationals on a three-game winning streak, the practically shut window of the Nats’ 2015 season has been pried open ever so slightly. Both teams have 10 games remaining until they face off in the final series of the regular season…
Sep 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
When a team scores 13 runs in a game, there are usually plenty of contributors, and that was the case for the Nationals in their win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon. But two players in particular – Yunel Escobar and Tyler Moore, who combined for seven RBI – stood out above all. Escobar recorded…
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...
MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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