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  1. Roster review: Michael Taylor

    Oct 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 25 How acquired: 6th round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 1 year, 37 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $509,000 Contract status: Under team control in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2018, free agent in 2021 2015 stats: 138 G, 511 PA, 49 R, 108 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 63 RBI,…

  2. Knorr, Henley, LeCroy will remain with Nats organization

    Oct 12, 2015, 12:26 PM EDT


    Three members of the Nationals’ coaching staff who were dismissed with manager Matt Williams last week will remain with the organization in new roles next season, the club announced Monday. Randy Knorr, who had served as bench coach for both Williams and Davey Johnson, has accepted a newly created position: senior assistant to the general…

  3. Roster review: Bryce Harper

    Oct 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 23 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2010 draft MLB service time: 3 years, 159 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $2.5 million Contract status: Signed for $5 million in 2016, arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2019 2015 stats: 153 G, 654 PA, 118 R, 172 H, 38 2B, 1 3B, 42 HR,…

  4. Revisiting 2015 media predictions

    Oct 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    This was, without question, a supremely disappointing baseball season in D.C. Yes, for the Nationals. But more importantly, for those of us who covered the team all season and completely botched our Opening Day predictions. We do this every year, and every year we’re proven wrong. But we keep coming back for more punishment every…

  5. After a decade of change, time for a long-term manager

    Oct 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    Few managers are successful and popular enough to remain with one franchise for a truly long-term stay. For every Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Bruce Bochy authoring Hall-of-Fame careers over multiple decades, there are far more John Russells, Trey Hillmans and Mike Quades coming and going with little fanfare and fewer victories on their ledgers.…

  6. Rizzo will “lean” toward new manager with experience

    Oct 5, 2015, 2:38 PM EDT

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    In searching for Matt Williams’ replacement, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo intends to place a significant emphasis on candidates with prior experience, particularly in the big leagues. “Experience is always helpful,” Rizzo said during a conference call Monday afternoon to announce Williams’ firing. “It always adds a layer of expertise to anybody’s resume. We feel…

  7. Williams fired by Nats, entire staff let go

    Oct 5, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

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    UPDATED: 11:57 a.m. Matt Williams, whose steady, never-wavering demeanor helped the injury-plagued Nationals stick together through difficult times to win a division title in his first season as a big-league manager, was fired Monday because he wasn’t able to do the same in his second season in Washington. The Nationals’ front office, headlined by general…

  8. Trying to make sense of a season that made little sense

    Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Take the Nationals’ just-completed season on several individual merits, and the unknowing observer might well have assumed this team had cruised into the playoffs. Bryce Harper posting historic numbers that made him a potentially unanimous MVP choice? Max Scherzer throwing two no-hitters, plus a 16-strikeout 1-hitter, with a 276-to-34 strikeout-to-walk ratio that…

  9. Desmond turns emotional after likely Nats finale

    Oct 4, 2015, 10:12 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — An emotional Ian Desmond fought back tears as he tried to sum up 12 seasons in the Nationals organization Sunday evening following what almost certainly was his final game with the franchise. “When I got drafted by the Expos, they didn’t know where the team would be,” Desmond said, pausing several times…

  10. Harper loses batting title but sets himself up for MVP

    Oct 4, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Bryce Harper’s run at the National League batting title came up short Sunday afternoon. A final-week slump, though, didn’t ruin Harper’s run at a complete season that ranks among the best in baseball history. Needing to keep pace with the Marlins’ Dee Gordon, who enjoyed a 3-for-4 afternoon in his finale to…

  11. Mets 1, Nats 0: Disappointing season ends with a loss

    Oct 4, 2015, 5:44 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals’ season officially came to an end Sunday afternoon in the same ballpark where it unofficially turned two months ago. Ever since suffering a 3-game sweep at Citi Field right after the July 31 trade deadline, this team found itself playing catch-up, ultimately unable to do that to the eventual…

  12. Rizzo: Personnel decisions will come soon

    Oct 4, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said he plans to meet Monday with top club officials and doesn’t expect to waste any time determining the fates of manager Matt Williams, his coaching staff and other front office personnel. “We’re going to evaluate each aspect of the organization,” Rizzo said Sunday afternoon prior to…

  13. Game 162: Nats at Mets

    Oct 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — And so we have reached final day of what proved to be perhaps the most eventful season in Nationals. Certainly not the most successful, but probably the most eventful. And there’s still more than could happen before this day and this season are officially over. Bryce Harper enters Game 162 in a…

  14. Difo fractures hand during first career start

    Oct 4, 2015, 9:54 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Wilmer Difo fractured a bone in his hand diving into first base Saturday night, an unfortunate and abrupt end to the rookie’s first career start for the Nationals. Difo suffered a fracture of the fourth metacarpal bone in his left hand, the club announced following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over the Mets. Recovery…

  15. Putting Scherzer’s no-hitter into historical context

    Oct 4, 2015, 1:15 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Any no-hitter is special, even in this age when they seem to happen on a somewhat regular basis. But some no-hitters stand out from the rest of the pack, and Max Scherzer’s gem Saturday night at Citi Field certainly fits the bill. By any number of measurements, Scherzer just authored one of…

  16. Scherzer throws 2nd no-hitter of season, shuts out Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Updated at 12:10 a.m. NEW YORK — In a perfect world, Max Scherzer would have done this either of the two previous times he faced the Mets, either on July 31 here at Citi Field or on Labor Day at Nationals Park. Those series were turning points in the Nationals’ season and played major roles…

  17. Game 161: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The prospect of a Max Scherzer-Matt Harvey showdown in Game 161 of a pennant race sure sounded like something to get excited about. That was, until the Mets clinched the NL East a week ago, rendering this matchup tonight pretty meaningless. Actually, given how many regulars are sitting after playing in this…

  18. Harper out of lineup after getting hit in shin in opener

    Oct 3, 2015, 5:18 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — Bryce Harper will not be in the Nationals’ lineup for the second half of their day-night doubleheader after taking a 97-mph fastball to his left shin in the opener against the Mets. Harper was struck in his back leg by Noah Syndergaard’s sixth-inning pitch, falling to the ground in pain. He managed…

  19. Nats 3, Mets 1: Gio finishes strong, Harper still going strong

    Oct 3, 2015, 3:56 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: On a raw, wet, windy Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, the Nationals gathered for the opener of a day-night doubleheader in advance of Sunday’s season finale, with very little still on the line. They still managed to show up and give a strong performance, riding Gio Gonzalez’s six innings of scoreless…

  20. Williams: “Nobody’s spoken to me … at this point”

    Oct 3, 2015, 12:07 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — In the wake of a report he’ll be fired at season’s end, Nationals manager Matt Williams said he has not yet been informed by club officials of any change in his status and that he intends to continue performing his job through this weekend’s final series before learning his fate. “Nobody’s spoken…

  21. Game 160: Nats at Mets

    Oct 3, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    NEW YORK — OK, let’s try this again. After nonstop rain pelted the city all day and all night, conditions are supposed to clear up this afternoon before the Nationals and Mets take the field the first half of a day-night doubleheader. Gio Gonzalez and Noah Syndergaard will take the mound as each originally was…

  22. Nats-Mets postponed, day-night doubleheader Saturday

    Oct 2, 2015, 4:36 PM EDT

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    NEW YORK — The opener of the Nationals’ final series of the season has been postponed, with heavy rain and strong wind pelting Citi Field all afternoon and not expected to let up all night. The Nats and Mets will play a day-night doubleheader Saturday, with a makeup game at 1:10 p.m. and the originally…

  23. Rivero adds to impressive rookie year with first save

    Oct 2, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — Felipe Rivero arrived at his first big-league spring training a promising-but-raw starter who figured to spend the season perfecting his stuff in the minors, hoping perhaps someday well down the road an opportunity would open for him to join the Nationals’ stacked rotation. That, of course, didn’t happen. Not that Rivero is complaining.…

  24. Strasburg’s dramatic turnaround a learning experience

    Oct 2, 2015, 12:05 AM EDT

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    ATLANTA — It was Memorial Day, and Stephen Strasburg was an utter mess. He was dealing with a variety of nagging-but-seemingly-minor ailments that either knocked him out of games early or resulted in opponents scoring runs in bunches against him. Strasburg’s ERA stood at 6.55, a staggering 109th out of 110 qualifying major-league starting pitchers.…

  25. Nats 3, Braves 0: Strasburg strong in series finale

    Oct 1, 2015, 9:57 PM EDT

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing left to play for on the team level, so attention shifts to individual performance during the season’s final week. And there has been no better individual performing better for the Nationals down the stretch than Stephen Strasburg. Distancing himself even further from his disastrous first half of the season,…





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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