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  1. 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…

  2. Roster review: Jayson Werth

    Oct 14, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 36 How acquired: Free agent, Dec. 2010 MLB service time: 12 years, 102 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $21 million Contract status: Signed for $21 million in 2016, $21 million in 2017, free agent in 2018 2015 stats: 88 G, 378 PA, 51 R, 73 H, 16 2B, 1 3B, 12 HR,…

  3. Revisiting 2015 media predictions

    Oct 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  4. What went wrong for the Nationals in 2015?

    Oct 7, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    The 2015 season was a massive disappointment for the Nationals, who fell short of the playoffs and a World Series title they were expected to compete for. In attempt to make sense of what went wrong for them and how they can prevent it from happening again, we’ve put together a three-part series on the…

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

    Oct 5, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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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…

  6. A lost season made official

    Sep 26, 2015, 10:12 PM EST

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    For weeks, the Nationals knew this day would come. They knew their inevitable fate of being eliminated from the playoff race was going to happen, one way or another. There were nights when it seemed like it was already over, then the window would open and a glimmer of light would shine through. There were many…

  7. Scherzer’s fiery exchange with Williams highlights extra-inning win

    Sep 19, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

    Sep 18, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws a pitch in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

    The meeting was brief, tense and essentially spoke volumes of what Max Scherzer is all about. In the seventh inning of a 2-2 game with two outs and a man on second base, Nationals manager Matt Williams made a visit to the mound — not so much to remove his ace, but more so to see…

  8. Nats relish a rare chance to celebrate

    Sep 19, 2015, 12:35 AM EST


    As Jayson Werth crawled on all fours to touch the plate, his forehead bloodied, his uniform askew, his hair flowing in every possible direction, the Nationals came pouring out of their dugout to celebrate. Half of them approached Jose Lobaton, the man who lofted the sacrifice fly that made it all possible. The other half…

  9. Werth’s power stroke finally returns

    Sep 17, 2015, 10:58 AM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — When Jayson Werth returned from a broken wrist in 2012, he remained a productive hitter for the Nationals, just not a power hitter. His wrist needing more time to regain full strength, Werth wound up morphing from a middle-of-the-order power threat into a top-of-the-order table-setter. So when he returned from another fracture to…

  10. Harper joins exclusive club with 40th homer

    Sep 17, 2015, 12:06 AM EST


    PHILADELPHIA — Bryce Harper is as much a student of the game as anybody is these days, so he understands and appreciates what he accomplished here Wednesday night. Even if he didn’t much want to talk about personal accomplishments. “We got [17] more games left,” he said. “So I’ll answer that at the end of…

  11. Nats 12, Phillies 2: Homer parade includes Harper’s 40th

    Sep 16, 2015, 9:56 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals arrived in Philadelphia at the start of the week, understanding they were now playing out the string in every sense other than the mathematical sense, their deficit in the NL East too great to overcome with so little time left on the calendar. Maybe that lack of pressure, though,…

  12. Werth laments “opportunity lost” this season

    Sep 15, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — Jayson Werth, by all accounts, should have been on cloud nine Monday night. He had been on a tear at the plate over the last month, had just homered twice to lead the Nationals to victory and had done so in his old stomping grounds in front of booing Phillies fans. Why, then,…

  13. Nats 8, Phillies 7 (11): Extra-inning rally bails out Papelbon

    Sep 14, 2015, 11:00 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It’s been quite some time since the Nationals and Phillies played a ballgame with as little at stake as there was tonight. Truth be told, it probably hasn’t happened since the Nats called Montreal home. That made for a decided lack of buzz inside Citizens Bank Park for this one, with…

  14. Have the Nats wasted Harper’s historic season?

    Sep 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Bryce Harper had a phenomenal game Wednesday night at a time when his team needed it most. He homered. He doubled. He homered again, this time with the Nationals trailing the Mets late, their season on the brink of collapse. It was the kind of performance that should have carried the Nationals through a must-win…

  15. How do the Nationals come back from this one?

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:00 AM EST


    Matt Williams doesn’t much like talking about big-picture stuff. You’ve repeatedly heard the second-year manager asked about the state of his Nationals this summer, and you’ve repeatedly heard him refuse to take the bait. But then comes a game like Tuesday night — a game that defied logic given the manner in which the Nationals’…

  16. Stock Watch: Bullpen issues haunt the Nats again

    Sep 2, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

    Sep 1, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Casey Janssen (44) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the ninth inning at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 8-5. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 3-4 Team slash: .293/.363/.478 Team ERA: 4.52 Runs per game:  4.85   STOCK UP   Ryan Zimmerman, 1B: .321 AVG/ 4 HR/ 11 RBI   There’s a decent chance that it might be…

  17. Nationals let another one slip away

    Sep 1, 2015, 6:00 AM EST


    You’re not going to win every game. Nobody does. But when you’ve got significant ground to make up and not a lot of time to do it, you can’t afford to give away games that were there for the taking. Which is exactly what the Nationals have done too many times over the last month,…

  18. Taylor returns to lineup with a bang

    Aug 31, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    When the Nationals realized on Thursday that center fielder Denard Span would be lost for the season, they knew exactly who to turn to. Sitting on their bench was rookie Michael Taylor, the heir apparent at the position, who had mostly thrived this season while Span was recovering from injuries. But then Thursday night’s game…

  19. Span likely done for season after setback

    Aug 27, 2015, 11:49 PM EST


    Denard Span’s return from the disabled list earlier this week was as big an emotional boost as the Nationals had experienced in quite some time. Which only made the center fielder’s return to the DL late Thursday night an even tougher punch to the gut. Span is out again, this time with inflammation in his…

  20. With Span back, what happens to Taylor?

    Aug 25, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Matt Williams will get a chance to do something tonight he hasn’t been able to do since July 6: Fill out a lineup card that includes Denard Span’s name. And he very well may get a chance to do something he hasn’t been able to do at all in 2015: Fill out a lineup card…

  21. Nats 6, Brewers 1: Ross cruises, lineup crushes

    Aug 22, 2015, 9:51 PM EST


    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: The Nationals tried not to make too much of Friday night’s unsightly loss to the Brewers, which came on the heels of a red-eye flight from Colorado following a long West Coast trip. The proof, though, would hinge on how they played in tonight’s second game against Milwaukee. The answer: Well.…

  22. Game 122: Brewers at Nats

    Aug 22, 2015, 3:23 PM EST

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    The sky is blue, the humidity is low, it’s a gorgeous Saturday in the District of Columbia, and there’s a ballgame to be played tonight. Can’t complain about that, right? OK, so there’s plenty to complain about right now as it pertains to the Nationals, who after dropping last night’s series opener to the Brewers…

  23. Strasburg excels again, Werth delivers winning hit

    Aug 20, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    For 10 days, they had either lost ground to the Mets or at best kept pace with the NL East leaders, unable to gain positive momentum of any kind. But late Wednesday night, the Nationals finally closed the gap a bit, taking advantage of the Orioles’ walk-off win over New York by rallying themselves to…

  24. New look, new result

    Aug 19, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Call it desperation. Call it a hunch. Call it a calculated gamble. Whatever you want to call it, the lineup card Matt Williams filled out Tuesday in Colorado was unlike any he had attached his signature to since becoming manager of the Nationals last year. Jayson Werth, owner of a .261 on-base percentage (.203 in…

  25. Time for leaders to emerge

    Aug 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    If it feels like you’ve been watching the Nationals’ worst stretch of baseball in a long time … well, you’re absolutely right. This team has gone 4-13 over the last 2 1/2 weeks, the franchise’s worst 17-game stretch since 2011. That’s also the last time the Nats finished with a losing record, a fact that…





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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