Mar 21, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT
Episode 5 of ‘Baseball in The District’ turned out to be quite action packed. Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed two guests, Nationals assistant GM Doug Harris and radio voice of the Miami Marlins, Glenn Geffner. Harris talked about the Nationals’ minor league pitching depth and Geffner gave us a preview of the…
Mar 16, 2014, 11:46 AM EDT
The Nationals made a minor trade on Saturday night, acquiring infielder Brandon Laird from the Kansas City Royals. The Royals’ return has not yet been announced, but is said to be either a player to be named later or cash. Laird is the brother of Braves catcher Gerald Laird. He’s 26 years old and a…
Mar 12, 2014, 12:31 PM EDT
It’s another split-squad day for the Nationals, with both games on the road this afternoon. In Kissimmee, Tanner Roark takes the mound to face the Astros, with mostly backups (except for Ian Desmond) behind him in the field. Most notable about this game: It’s the first time the Nats are playing a game with instant…
Mar 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
If the Nationals hold any edge over the Braves entering the season, it’s most likely the dominant starting rotation they intend to send to the mound every night for 162 games. Not much distinguishes these talented ballclubs from each other, but the Nats clearly entered the spring with a more fearsome starting five than Atlanta…
Mar 8, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT
The Nationals experience the first of three split-squad days for the spring, with Matt Williams managing one-half the squad in Viera against the Braves (who also are split up today) and Randy Knorr leading the other half in Jupiter against the Cardinals. Ross Detwiler gets the start against Atlanta, looking for better results than he…
Mar 6, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT
It’s been a stormy day across the state of Florida, and several of this afternoon’s Grapefruit League games were canceled as a result. The Nationals, though, are scheduled to play this evening at Disney World, and for now the game remains on schedule. Assuming they’re able to get this one in, Jordan Zimmermann and Julio…
Mar 5, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT
In the third installment of ‘Baseball in The District,’ Tim Murray and I are joined by Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution to get a peak behind enemy lines at Braves spring training. After entering last season a bit under the radar, the Braves now have a target on their backs as the reigning champions…
Mar 4, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
Yes, it’s the Grapefruit League, and it’s March 4, but today’s game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is about as good as exhibition baseball is going to get. The Nationals and Braves meet for the second time in four days, and each lineup is stocked with big names. Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, Ian Desmond, Adam…
Mar 3, 2014, 9:05 AM EDT
Miami Marlins It was a big week for ace Jose Fernandez who was both named the team’s Opening Day starter and received a raise from the team. The first was expected, as Fernandez is clearly their best pitcher, but the second was a bit of a surprise. The Marlins didn’t have to pay Fernandez any…
Mar 1, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Matt Williams leaned back in the chair in his office at Space Coast Stadium, having just witnessed a 3-hour, 59-minute slop fest of a ballgame that included 31 combined runs, 37 hits, six errors, two wild pitches, way too many pitching changes and way too many unsightly moments to commit to memory.…
Mar 1, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — Pity anyone who was late to arrive, or stuck in the concessions line, at Space Coast Stadium on Saturday afternoon. They might well have missed Jordan Zimmermann’s outing altogether. Zimmermann wasted no time turning in his two innings of work, facing the minimum six Braves batters and needing only 20 pitches to…
Mar 1, 2014, 10:38 AM EDT
VIERA, Fla. — It’s another beautiful day for baseball, and Space Coast Stadium is ready to host its first game of the spring. (I’m sure all of you suffering through the cold back in D.C. really enjoy reading that right now.) The Nationals face the Braves today for the first of at least 24 times…
Feb 12, 2014, 7:36 PM EDT
Hello and happy Spring Training Eve, everyone. It’s hard to believe we’re just hours from Nats pitchers and catchers reporting in Viera, Fla. After a long offseason – and despite almost a foot of snow in the forecast – the end of winter is finally near. With that in mind, it’s time for the final…
Jan 29, 2014, 2:38 PM EDT
After their 2013 season uncovered a glaring need for lefty relievers, the Nationals made sure they fixed the problem this offseason. On Dec. 11 they made yet another trade with the Oakland Athletics, this time to bring in 30-year-old southpaw Jerry Blevins. A lot is expected of Blevins who will be tasked with retiring lefties…
Jan 7, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 96-66, 1st place in NL East Manager: Fredi Gonzalez, 4th season Estimated 2014 payroll: $90 million Key additions: RHP Gavin Floyd, C/OF Ryan Doumit Key losses: C Brian McCann, RHP Tim Hudson, LHP Paul Maholm, OF Reed Johnson Projected lineup RF Jason Heyward LF Justin Upton 1B Freddie Freeman C Evan Gattis 3B…
Jan 2, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
ESPN’s Buster Olney ranked his top 10 teams in MLB the other day, a list that included the Nationals. Olney had the Nats eighth, but if you break it down to only NL clubs, they’re fourth. The NL teams ahead of the Nationals? The Dodgers (second overall), Cardinals (third) and Braves (seventh). That seems fair.…
Dec 27, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
As we count down the final days of 2013, we are counting down the 10 most significant moments of the year for the Nationals. These aren’t necessarily positive (or negative) moments, and some didn’t even take place on the field. All, though, were significant in the big picture and defined the Nationals’ year. We continue…
Nov 24, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT
All-Star catcher Brian McCann is indeed leaving the National League East. The 29 year old backstop has reached a deal with the New York Yankees that will pay him $85 million over five years, with a vesting option for the sixth. McCann was expected to sign elsewhere, and the American League will allow him spend…
Nov 13, 2013, 3:28 AM EDT
A day after seeing third base coach Trent Jewett leave to join the Mariners, another Nats official is moving west. Nationals assistant general manager and VP of player personnel Roy Clark is heading to Los Angeles to join the Dodgers front office. Keith Law of ESPN first reported the news. Clark spent four years with the…
Nov 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT
Former Nationals bench player Mark DeRosa is retiring from Major League Baseball after 16 seasons, the Blue Jays announced on Tuesday. DeRosa, 38, played with the Nationals in 2012 before signing with Toronto. Known for his outgoing personality, DeRosa helped provide veteran leadership to a Nats team coming into its own. He batted just .188…
Nov 11, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT
17 years after moving into Turner Field, the Atlanta Braves are ready to move on. The team announced on Monday plans to construct a new stadium in Cobb County, Ga. and make it their home park for the 2017 season. The project is estimated to cost $672 million and will be built in partnership with…
Oct 25, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT
Both shortstop Ian Desmond and center fielder Denard Span of the Nationals were named finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove awards set to be handed out on Tuesday Oct. 29. Each is one of three players at their position in the National League in the running for the honor. Desmond, 28, was nominated alongside Andrelton…
Oct 6, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
NLDS GAME 3: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS at PITTSBURGH PIRATES Series: Tied, 1-1 Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 9 mph in from RF Starting pitchers: STL RHP Joe Kelly (10-5, 2.69) vs. PIT LHP Francisco Liriano (16-8, 3.02) After bouncing back big-time to take Game 2…
Oct 3, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT
PITTSBURGH PIRATES (94-68) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (97-65) Where: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo. Gametime: 5:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 86 degrees, wind 15 mph Starting pitchers: PIT – A.J. Burnett (10-11, 3.30) / STL – Adam Wainwright (19-9, 2.94) Okay, enough of this one-game playoff stuff, now it’s time for the real postseason to…
Sep 30, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT
Top storylines: 86 wins – The Nationals finished their 2013 campaign with losses in five of their final eight games, leaving them with a total of 86 on the year. They ended up ten games behind the Braves in the NL East and four games behind Cincinnati in the wild card race. 86 is a respectable…
NL EAST STANDINGS
FRI: Nats at Mariners, 10:10 p.m.
SAT: Nats at Mariners, 9:10 p.m.
SUN: Nats at Mariners, 4:10 p.m.
MON: Nats at Dodgers, 8:10 p.m.
TUE: Nats at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Dodgers, 4:10 p.m.
Full season schedule
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As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2014 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: 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.
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