Jan 29, 2014, 11:57 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo stopped by at this past weekend’s Nats Fest to talk with Mark about the event, the team’s offseason and what he expects from Matt Williams’ first spring training. On the topic of their moves this winter, Rizzo had some interesting thoughts on trading for Doug Fister in particular. As you may recall, the…
Jan 15, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 93-69, 1st place in AL Central Manager: Brad Ausmus, 1st season Estimated 2014 payroll: $158 million Key additions: 2B Ian Kinsler, RHP Joe Nathan, RHP Joba Chamberlain, LHP Ian Krol, INF Steve Lombardozzi Key losses: 1B Prince Fielder, RHP Doug Fister, SS Jhonny Peralta, 2B Omar Infante, RHP Joaquin Benoit, RHP Jose Veras…
Dec 4, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT
The Nationals’ trade for Doug Fister was met with reaction from across the baseball world. Most were surprised Mike Rizzo was able to acquire a pitcher of Fister’s caliber without giving up more than Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. What made Fister so attractive to the Nationals? And why did they get him…
Dec 3, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT
Doug Fister has been traded before, so he wasn’t shocked when he got the call from Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski last night. It also helped that Fister’s new club, the Nationals, boasts one of baseball’s best rotations and has visions of competing deep into October next season. Here are some highlights from Fister’s conference…
Dec 3, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT
General manager Mike Rizzo just wrapped up a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago. Obviously, last night’s trade for Doug Fister was the primary topic of discussion, but Rizzo also addressed some other issues, including the competition for No. 5 starter, the state of things at second base and the continued desire to…
Dec 3, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT
Mike Rizzo was determined to bolster the Nationals’ rotation this winter, and he didn’t sound too keen on going back to the same free-agent well he delved into the last two offseasons. No, it became obvious early on the Nats’ general manager wanted to acquire a starter via trade, perhaps one not all that dissimilar…
Dec 2, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT
The Nationals have acquired right-hander Doug Fister in a trade with the Tigers, adding an experienced-yet-affordable starter to their rotation in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and prospect Robbie Ray. Fister immediately bolsters a Nationals rotation that already includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez, and provides insurance in case left-hander Ross Detwiler…
Oct 21, 2013, 3:57 PM EDT
Jim Leyland’s retirement earlier today as Tigers manager resonated throughout the baseball world, but the surprise announcement shouldn’t significantly affect the Nationals’ ongoing search for a new skipper. Leyland’s departure does create another high-profile and attractive opening for managerial candidates, leaving five positions now available: the Nationals, Tigers, Reds, Cubs and Mariners. But the only…
Oct 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT
ALCS GAME 6: DETROIT TIGERS AT BOSTON RED SOX Series: Red Sox lead 3-2 Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA Gametime: 4:30 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 63 degrees, wind 11 mph Starting pitchers: DET – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90) / BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) One run was the difference in Game 5 and it left the Detroit…
Oct 15, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT
ALCS GAME 3: BOSTON RED SOX AT DETROIT TIGERS Series: Tied 1-1 Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI Gametime: 4:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Mostly cloudy, 65 degrees, wind 11 mph Starting pitchers: BOS – John Lackey (10-13, 3.52) / DET – Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) After a classic finish to Game 2 in Boston, the ALCS now shifts to Detroit where…
Oct 13, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT
ALCS GAME 2: DETROIT TIGERS AT BOSTON RED SOX Where: Fenway Park, Boston, MA Gametime: 8:00 p.m. TV: FOX Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Clear, 51 degrees, wind 4 mph Starting pitchers: DET – Max Scherzer (21-3, 2.90) / BOS – Clay Buchholz (12-1, 1.74) Get the two highest scoring lineups in the majors together at Fenway and what happens? A 1-0…
Oct 12, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT
NLDS GAME 2: L.A. DODGERS AT ST. LOUIS CARDINALS Series: Cardinals lead 1-0 Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO Gametime: 4:00 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Partly cloudy, 76 degrees, wind 7 mph Starting pitchers: LAD – Clayton Kershaw (16-9, 1.83) / STL – Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.78) After the third-longest game in National League Championship history, the Dodgers…
Oct 10, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT
ALDS GAME 5: DETROIT TIGERS at OAKLAND ATHLETICS Series: Tied 2-2 Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland Gametime: 8 p.m. TV: TBS Radio: ESPN Radio Weather: Sunny, 65 degrees, Wind 5 mph out to LF Starting pitchers: DET RHP Justin Verlander (13-12, 3.46) vs. OAK RHP Sonny Gray (5-3, 2.67) It would be tough to imagine a more-compelling batch of Division…
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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)...
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