Feb 25, 2015, 1:08 PM EST
Mark sat down with Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos on Tuesday for a one-on-one interview at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. Ramos is of course excited to be working with what many expect to be the best starting rotation in Major League Baseball. Ramos also shares some goals of his own, including staying healthy which…
Feb 22, 2015, 4:22 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — The second pitchers and catchers workout of the spring saw everybody switch routines from Saturday’s first session. Pitchers who threw off the bullpen mounds Saturday went through fundamental drills Sunday, and vice versa. Among the biggest names who toed the rubber were Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez. The three pitchers…
Feb 19, 2015, 1:35 PM EST
VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister, like several prominent teammates with the Nationals, knows he’s eligible for free agency at season’s end. The veteran right-hander, though, insists his focus is solely on 2015, not whatever may happen to him after that. “I’m wearing this jersey right now, and that’s the most important thing,” Fister said on…
Feb 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
We’ve reached the final countdown to pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training, so we’re counting down the five biggest storylines the Nationals will face in Viera. We begin today with No. 5: Perhaps the last opportunity for GM Mike Rizzo to negotiate long-term contracts with several prominent pending free agents… This was a story…
Feb 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Trade, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $11.4 million 2014 stats: 25 GS, 164 IP, 153 H, 52 R, 44 ER, 18 HR, 24 BB, 98 K, 1.079 WHIP, 16-6, 2.41 ERA, 3.93 FIP, 1.3 WAR 2015 storyline: Doug Fister enters 2015 – his second season with the Nationals…
Jan 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Max Scherzer will be paid handsomely to join a team that was already one of the best in baseball, having led the National League in wins in two of the last three seasons. If the Nationals offer a player $210 million to play for them, it’s not a very difficult decision for that person to make.…
Jan 23, 2015, 4:08 PM EST
After signing Max Scherzer, the Nationals have some big decisions to make over the next four weeks in regards to their rotation. Do they make a trade involving Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister, or roll into 2015 with all six of their starting pitchers on the roster? I discussed what happens next for the Nationals…
Jan 23, 2015, 12:08 PM EST
Even before the Nationals added Max Scherzer in a record free agent contract, their starting rotation was by all accounts a strength. They held the best rotation ERA in MLB last season at 3.04 and the best WHIP at 1.14. Even in the postseason, their 0.73 starters’ ERA was tops among all playoff teams. Pundits…
Jan 22, 2015, 11:00 AM EST
Soon after he was introduced to fans and media at Nationals Park on Wednesday, new free agent acquisition Max Scherzer sat down for an interview with Chick Hernandez and Brian Mitchell on CSN’s SportsTalk Live. It was a great conversation, as Chick and Brian asked Max about what he will bring to the Nats, how…
Jan 22, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Already harboring the deepest rotation in the majors – and arguably the best overall in the game – the Nationals “strengthened a strength,” as general manager Mike Rizzo likes to say, in signing former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to a free agent deal on Sunday. Now the Nationals have a conundrum: six quality starting…
Jan 19, 2015, 2:11 PM EST
While many of us focused on the possibility the Nationals would trade a starting pitcher this offseason, namely Jordan Zimmermann or Doug Fister who are both just a year away from hitting free agency, the Nats pulled off a stunner late Sunday night in acquiring the biggest name on the market, Max Scherzer. Now what was…
Jan 19, 2015, 12:10 AM EST
UPDATED: 12:29 a.m. The best starting rotation in Major League Baseball is about to get even better, as the Nationals have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract with top free agent Max Scherzer. Sources familiar with the deal confirmed the agreement early Monday morning, though the exact dollar amount is unclear at this point.…
Jan 18, 2015, 10:40 PM EST
Just when it appeared the market for free agent pitcher Max Scherzer had died down, a new report on Sunday has both the Nationals and a mystery team in a bidding war for the former Cy Young winner. Here is what Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweeted to spark the rumor: max scherzer talking seriously…
Jan 16, 2015, 10:40 AM EST
Updated at 1:25 p.m. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen and Doug Fister became the latest members of the Nationals to avoid salary arbitration, agreeing to contracts before MLB’s Friday afternoon deadline. Fister signed for $11.4 million, with Strasburg agreeing to a $7.4 million salary and Storen a $5.7 million salary in 2015, according to sources familiar…
Jan 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Hello and Happy New Year, everybody. The year of 2014 is finally in the books after the most eventful season in Nationals history. So many things happened and so many memories were made for Washington fans. As we get ready for a new season in a few months – pitchers and catchers report in six weeks…
Dec 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
In winning their second NL East title in three years, qualifying for the playoffs, winning 10 straight games at one point and completing the team’s first no-hitter, the Washington Nationals provided plenty of great memories for their fans in 2014. They were fun to watch and, though the year ended much earlier than many expected, it was…
Dec 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Doug Fister grew up in central California and still calls it home. He pitched in Seattle and Detroit earlier in his career and enjoyed both cities. But there’s something particularly special about pitching in Washington for Fister, who has tried to make the most of his time living in the nation’s capital. Prominent politicians and…
Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EST
Mark got a few Nationals players one-on-one at this past Saturday’s NatsFest at the Walter E. Convention Center. We will roll those videos out this week, beginning with Stephen Strasburg today. Strasburg was glad to be back in front of the fans at the annual convention Saturday. In this clip he talks about how that…
Dec 14, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
The Nationals’ annual offseason convention known as ‘NatsFest’ is usually held in late January, right before the team heads to Viera, Fl. to begin spring training and preparing for Opening Day. It is generally a time to recap the winter for each player and a time to meet new additions to the roster. This year,…
Nov 22, 2014, 10:07 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 23 How acquired: Trade with A’s & Mariners Jan. 2013 (drafted originally by Nats) Position: Starting pitcher Prospect Rank: No. 2 in Nats’ org. (Baseball Prospectus) 2014 Team/Level: Harrisburg Senators (AA) and Syracuse Chiefs (AAA) 2014 Stats: 25 G, 25 GS, 13-3, 3.16 ERA, 134 IP, 148 H, 60 R, 47 ER, 10 HR, 111 SO,…
Nov 21, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Whether it happens via trade this offseason or free agency the next two offseasons, the Nationals star-studded rotation is most likely going to undergo change sometime in the near future. Unless the Lerner family starts doling out massive contracts the likes of which it (not to mention other franchises) has been reluctant to offer to date,…
Nov 18, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
I read somewhere yesterday that 50 percent of the continental United States was covered by snow, the earliest date that has been the case in more than a decade. So it only makes sense that the Hot Stove League has fired up a bit earlier than usual this winter. Three major transactions went down in…
Nov 12, 2014, 6:33 PM EST
Three Nationals pitchers received top-5 votes for the NL Cy Young Award this season, with Jordan Zimmermann leading the way and finishing fifth in balloting released Wednesday evening. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the unanimous winner of his third Cy Young Award in four seasons, selected by all 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association…
Nov 11, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: WHO SHOULD THE NATIONALS MOST TRY TO LOCK UP TO A LONG-TERM EXTENSION: IAN DESMOND, DOUG FISTER OR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN? MARK ZUCKERMAN: With the offseason now in full swing, we bring back our popular Point/Counterpoint feature from last winter. Chase and I will debate one topic each week (give or take) while…
Nov 10, 2014, 6:00 AM EST
Last week, they handed out Gold Gloves and Silver Sluggers. This week comes the main event: the announcement of MLB’s four major awards handed out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The fun begins tonight with the two Rookie of the Year Awards, continues Tuesday with Manager of the Year Awards, picks up Wednesday…
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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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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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