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  1. Baseball in the District – How will Nats rebuild their bullpen?

    Nov 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter meetings still over a week away, baseball has been put on the backburner for many in this town. But not for Tim Murray and I, who are going to be doing our podcast ‘Baseball in the District’ on a weekly basis now. We got back…

  2. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 39 How acquired: Selected off waivers Aug. of 2014 MLB service time: 11 years, 129 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Free agent 2015 stats: 60 G, 41.1 IP, 33 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 23 K, 1.265 WHIP, 2-1, 2.18 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 1.2 WAR Quotable: “You kind…

  3. Harper credits Desmond and Werth as mentors

    Nov 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST


    Though Bryce Harper recently turned 23 years old, he is just months away from beginning his fifth season in the major leagues. That may be hard to believe for many of us, as it was not long ago that the now-MVP was taken first overall by the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Draft. Through four years, Harper…

  4. Harper points to health as key to MVP season

    Nov 19, 2015, 10:00 PM EST

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    For a player to have a season worthy of an MVP award, many things have to go right, and for Bryce Harper in 2015, just about everything did. He set career-highs in almost every statistical category and led the league in runs, homers, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. This was all at the age of 22.…

  5. Nats announce 2016 spring training schedule

    Nov 19, 2015, 2:16 PM EST

    Live from Viera

    The Nationals’ 2016 spring training schedule has been released with less than three months now until pitchers and catchers report. The Nats will begin their spring schedule on March 2 at Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays. They will host their first game on March 3 against the defending NL-champion New York Mets. The…

  6. Rizzo hopes new medical and training program is “next Moneyball”

    Nov 19, 2015, 11:55 AM EST

    L to R: Dr. Keith Pyne, GM Mike Rizzo, and Dr. Robin West. (AP)

    On paper, the Nationals feature one of the most talented rosters in baseball. They can pitch, they can hit, they can defend. When healthy, they have several players who could contend for MVP awards on a yearly basis. They have All-Star potential at most positions. But the potential of their lineup, in particular, has rarely been realized…

  7. Carpenter outrighted, now a free agent

    Nov 18, 2015, 5:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    After joining the Nationals in a June trade and appearing in only eight games with the team, right-hander David Carpenter will now test free agency. The Nationals outrighted the veteran reliever off their 40-man roster on Wednesday to Triple-A Syracuse. He then elected to try his luck on the open market. Carpenter, 30, began the…

  8. Rizzo and Baker feel great about Maddux and Lopes hires

    Nov 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ disappointing 2015 season was followed by a long list of casualties. In addition to Matt Williams getting fired, they dismissed their training staff and did not renew the contracts of all of their assistant coaches. Pitching coach Steve McCatty’s departure was the most surprising among that group. It is hard to blame the Nationals…

  9. Plenty on Baker’s to-do list as Nats manager

    Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EST

    USA Today

    Any time a team fires one manager and hires another, many things will need to be fixed. The Nationals remain a deep and impressive roster despite their shortcomings this past season. But after Dusty Baker is introduced on Thursday – barring something unforeseen, as you never know these days – he will need to get…

  10. Roster review: Blake Treinen

    Nov 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800 Contract status: Pre-arbitration 2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR Quotable: “For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy…

  11. Beltway Baseball: Bud Black presents several unknowns for Nats

    Oct 30, 2015, 1:20 PM EST

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    Mark stopped by the CSN office on Thursday to shoot some videos for SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, so we decided to sit down and go a little bit more in-depth on the Bud Black hire in an it’s-been-too-long episode of ‘Beltway Baseball.’ First we discussed whether Black was the best candidate available. Then, we…

  12. Point/Counterpoint: Does Harvey in the WS change your view on Strasburg?

    Oct 26, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: Does the Mets’ successful use of Matt Harvey this postseason make you view the Nationals’ shutdown of Stephen Strasburg in 2012 any differently? MARK ZUCKERMAN: No. I know it’s trendy to bring up the Strasburg shutdown again now because the Mets have taken the complete opposite approach with Harvey and now are…

  13. Important offseason dates to consider

    Oct 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Rizzo fined by MLB for comments

    This offseason should be a big one for the Nationals, who first have to find their new manager. They also have four key impending free agents to make decisions on. After that, they will have a bullpen to reconstruct and some tough calls to make when retooling their lineup. Here is a look at some…

  14. Rizzo on firing Williams: ‘A tough day’

    Oct 5, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

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    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…

  15. ‘Baseball in the District’ – CSN’s Daniel Shiferaw

    Sep 30, 2015, 2:31 PM EST

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    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…

  16. Rizzo defends Williams, himself

    Sep 29, 2015, 12:18 PM EST

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    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…

  17. Harper believes he and Papelbon can move on from fight

    Sep 28, 2015, 9:30 PM EST

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    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…

  18. Papelbon, Harper explain their fight

    Sep 27, 2015, 6:50 PM EST

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    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…

  19. Nats hand out minor league awards

    Sep 26, 2015, 3:46 PM EST

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    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…

  20. Johnson returns, hopes to play next season

    Sep 26, 2015, 3:26 PM EST

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    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…

  21. Harper sets Nats walks record

    Sep 23, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    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…

  22. Orioles 4, Nats 1: Momentum halts as Gio, lineup struggle

    Sep 22, 2015, 9:56 PM EST

    USA Today

    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…

  23. Espinosa has right hamstring tear

    Sep 22, 2015, 6:20 PM EST

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    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.…

  24. Game 150: Orioles at Nats

    Sep 22, 2015, 3:05 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    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…

  25. The Baseball Show: Why Harper should be MVP

    Sep 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    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…





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.
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FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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