Oct 5, 2015, 10:40 PM EST
CSN aired a special edition of SportsNet Central on Monday night, the day Matt Williams was fired as Nationals manager. Mark, Joe Orsulak and host Sebastian Salazar broke down the Nats’ decision to part ways with Williams just one year after he was named NL’s best manager. They gave reasons why they believe he was cut loose and…
Oct 5, 2015, 2:40 PM EST
Early Monday afternoon, after he had made official one of the most difficult decisions of his entire tenure in Washington, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo addressed reporters over the phone to explain exactly why he had fired Matt Williams – the man he handpicked just two years prior – as manager. Rizzo, who met with…
Oct 5, 2015, 12:19 PM EST
UPDATED: 2:24 p.m. The Nationals did not only part ways with manager Matt Williams on Monday morning, they let go of their entire coaching staff. That list includes bench coach Randy Knorr, pitching coach Steve McCatty, hitting coach Rick Schu, first base coach Tony Tarasco, third base coach Bob Henley, defensive coordinator Mark Weidemaier and bullpen…
Oct 3, 2015, 3:40 PM 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. Reds – Hughes: (LW: 27) Now Bryan Price will return as manager. Like Brad Ausmus, he was hired the same winter as Matt Williams and has had less success. 29. Phillies –…
Oct 1, 2015, 12:14 PM EST
ATLANTA BRAVES The good news for the Braves is that they managed to avoid a 100-loss season. The bad news? 2015 has been their worst campaign since 1990. As Atlanta heads into the offseason, there is plenty of work ahead for John Hart and John Coppolella. The front office has been creative in acquiring young…
Sep 30, 2015, 2:31 PM EST
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN So, there was kind of a lot to talk about on this week’s episode of ‘Baseball in the District.’ For our guest, we brought on CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw, who has been doing great work for us all season. He was with me at the game on Sunday, so we got his…
Sep 30, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling. Record: 2-5 Team slash: .254/.307/.400 Team ERA: 3.74 Runs per game: 3.14 STOCK UP Matt den Dekker, OF: .444 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.418 OPS Even though he hasn’t had many opportunities to play, den…
Sep 29, 2015, 12:18 PM EST
With the team he constructed fresh off being eliminated from playoff contention, with his manager under fire and his team in the national spotlight for a public brawl featuring the best player in baseball, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo took the podium after Monday’s game to a barrage of camera flashes, ready to answer as…
Sep 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EST
Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals lineup on Monday as punishment for his involvement in a fight with Jonathan Papelbon in the home dugout at Nats Park the day before. It is generally team policy that players who do not appear in games do not talk after them. But there Harper was, waiting at his…
Sep 28, 2015, 4:49 PM EST
Nationals superstar Bryce Harper, the likely NL MVP when the 2015 season is over, took the brunt of an ugly altercation between he and closer Jonathan Papelbon, one in which Harper was grabbed by the throat and forced into the backwall of the team’s dugout on live television. He was physically assaulted, essentially, for all the…
Sep 28, 2015, 3:33 PM EST
UPDATED: 3:32 p.m. After meeting for hours behind closed doors in the clubhouse at Nationals Park on Monday, the Nats announced their punishment for Sunday’s ugly incident that involved closer Jonathan Papelbon attacking Bryce Harper, the favorite to win NL MVP, in the dugout. Papelbon will not only drop his appeal of MLB’s three-games suspension…
Sep 28, 2015, 10:00 AM EST
For some, it was perhaps lost in the shuffle of what was an otherwise bizarre day at Nationals Park, but on Sunday afternoon there was a uniquely special moment for the Nats and their fans. In the ninth inning, with the Nats down big against the Phillies, Matt Williams removed Ian Desmond for rookie Trea Turner. Why was that…
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…
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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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