Feb 27, 2015, 12:56 PM EST
The transformation the Washington Nationals have undergone over the last few years is nothing short of remarkable. After losing more than 100 games in 2008 and 2009, they have become a perennial playoff contender with two NL East division titles in the last three seasons. Few can speak to the difference between now and then…
Feb 27, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Bryce Harper is entering his fourth season in the major leagues and at 22 has already accomplished much for his age. But with the flashes of brilliance he has shown so far in his career, it seems only a matter of time before he puts it all together. In this report from Viera, Mark looks at…
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 25, 2015, 4:00 AM EST
Ian Desmond reported to Viera to join his Nationals teammates this week after an offseason that included widespread trade rumors. Now the three-time Silver Slugger enters the final year of his contract knowing he will not be traded, but with plenty of questions about his future. In this video, Mark reports from Nats spring training…
Feb 25, 2015, 1:05 AM EST
Ryan Zimmerman is a veteran of the game of baseball, as the 30 year old is now entering his 11th (!) season in the majors. This spring, however, things have changed, as the Face of the Franchise has moved across the diamond to take over for Adam LaRoche at first base. Zimmerman stopped to chat…
Feb 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Mark sat down with Drew Storen on Monday in Viera, Fla., as he looks forward to the 2015 season knowing he will be the Nationals’ closer. For Storen, that’s a change from the last two years where Rafael Soriano held down the role when the season began. Storen is happy to be back in the…
Feb 23, 2015, 8:24 PM EST
Ryan Zimmerman showed up early to Nationals spring training ready to get started for the 2015 season. This is, of course, not a normal camp for Zimmerman, who now transitions across the diamond to first base. This spring will give him his first extensive stretch getting experience at his new position. Manager Matt Williams gave…
Feb 23, 2015, 1:08 PM EST
In Mark’s latest report from Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., he looks at who could be the odd-man out of their star-studded rotation. Right now there are six players vying for five spots, meaning someone will likely get bumped to the bullpen within the next few weeks. In this video Mark has reaction from Max…
Feb 21, 2015, 1:45 PM EST
Max Scherzer arrived at Nats’ spring training on Thursday ready to join what many expect to be the best rotation in the major leagues. The $210 million man is no stranger to that sort of hype, but did his best to downplay it. CSN was there with a camera as Scherzer was introduced and Mark…
Feb 20, 2015, 1:36 PM EST
Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Fla. on Thursday ready to get started for the 2015 season after an eventful winter. Mark is down there and caught up with a few players including Gio Gonzalez and Drew Storen. In this video, Mark also adds some analysis of the first day of 2015 spring training.…
Feb 15, 2015, 2:15 PM EST
2014 record: 83-79, 3rd place in AL East Manager: John Gibbons, 8th season (2004-08, 2013-present) Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: 3B Josh Donaldson, C Russell Martin, LF Michael Saunders Key losses: OF Melky Cabrera, 3B Brett Lawrie, 1B Adam Lind, RP Casey Janssen, OF Colby Rasmus, RP Sergio Santos Projected lineup SS Jose Reyes C…
Feb 13, 2015, 4:42 PM EST
The Nationals have released their promotional schedule for the 2015 season and on it are a few items that should get fans excited to go out to the park this summer. There will be a Star Wars day, bobbleheads to commemorate the team’s 10th anniversary, a players’ pets calendar, as well as a Chia pet…
Feb 13, 2015, 2:11 PM EST
2014 record: 77-85, 4th place in AL East Manager: Kevin Cash, 1st season Estimated 2015 payroll: $75 million Key additions: OF Steven Souza, Jr., SS Asdrubal Cabrera, DH Jon Jaso, RP Kevin Jepsen, RP Erensto Frieri Key losses: OF Wil Myers, 2B/OF Ben Zobrist, manager Joe Maddon, GM Andrew Friedman, SS Yunel Escobar, OF Matt Joyce,…
Feb 13, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 28 How acquired: Traded with RHP Ryan Tatusko from Rangers for SS Cristian Guzman, July 2010 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 31 GS, 198.2 IP, 178 H, 64 R, 63 ER, 16 HR, 39 BB, 138 K, 1.092 WHIP, 15-10, 2.85…
Feb 12, 2015, 3:38 PM EST
The Nationals formally announced 20 non-roster invitees to big-league camp this spring, a list that includes three former MLB All-Stars, several other recognizable names and a group of upper-level prospects from their own farm system. Among the most well-known players who signed minor-league contracts and garnered invitations to major-league camp are second baseman Dan Uggla…
Feb 12, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 87-75, 3rd place in AL West Manager: Lloyd McClendon, 2nd season Estimated 2015 payroll: $125 million Key additions: DH Nelson Cruz, OF Seth Smith, IF/OF Rickie Weeks, OF Justin Ruggiano, LHP J.A. Happ Key losses: DH Kendrys Morales, 1B/OF Corey Hart, 1B Justin Smoak, OF Michael Saunders, C Humberto Quintero, OF Chris Denorfia, RHP…
Feb 12, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 27 How acquired: 9th round pick, 2010 draft 2015 salary: TBD (will be slightly more than MLB minimum of $507,500) 2014 stats: 50 G, 40.2 IP, 33 H, 17 R, 12 ER, HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 1.303 WHIP, 3-0, 2.66 ERA, 2.59 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: Barrett was perhaps the most pleasant surprise of the…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:04 PM EST
As part of their negotiations to build a new joint spring training site in West Palm Beach, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros have reached an agreement with the state of Florida that will keep them there for the next 30 years. For the Nats, in particular, staying there is no surprise. For them to…
Feb 11, 2015, 5:13 PM EST
2014 record: 88-74, 2nd place in NL West Manager: Bruce Bochy, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $163.8 million Key additions: 3B Casey McGehee, OF Nori Aoki Key losses: 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B/OF Michael Morse Projected lineup CF Angel Pagan 2B Joe Panik 1B Brandon Belt C Buster Posey RF Hunter Pence 3B Casey McGehee LF Nori…
Feb 11, 2015, 11:17 AM EST
Jerry Blevins won his arbitration case against the Nationals, awarded a $2.4 million salary for this season, according to a source familiar with the decision. A three-person panel heard arguments from both Blevins and the Nationals (who offered $2.2 million) during Tuesday’s hearing in St. Petersburg, Fla. Those judges decided to rule in favor of…
Feb 11, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: Traded from Athletics for OF Billy Burns, Dec. 2013 2015 salary: $2.4 million OR $2.2 million (pending arbitration case) 2014 stats: 64 G, 57.1 IP, 48 H, 31 R, 31 ER, 3 HR, 23 BB, 66 K, 1.238 WHIP, 2-3, 4.87 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 0.7 WAR 2015 storyline: After a rough several months to begin his…
Feb 10, 2015, 9:58 PM EST
The hopes of Washington landing the 2017 MLB All-Star Game appear to have vanished, as The Miami Herald has reported the ’17 Midsummer Classic will take place at Marlins Park. Marlins’ beat writer Clark Spencer says the team and Major League Baseball are expected to make an announcement before the end of the week. The…
Feb 10, 2015, 2:00 PM EST
2014 record: 77-85, 3rd place in NL West Manager: Bud Black, 9th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $105 million Key additions: OF Matt Kemp, OF Justin Upton, OF Wil Myers, RHP James Shields, C Derek Norris, RHP Brandon Morrow, INF Clint Barmes, RHP Shawn Kelley, 3B Will Middlebrooks Key losses: OF Seth Smith, SS Everth Cabrera, C…
Feb 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST
Age on Opening Day 2015: 31 How acquired: 12th round pick, 2005 draft 2015 salary: $2.25 million 2014 stats: 49 G, 72.2 IP, 78 H, 34 R, 31 ER, 5 HR, 14 BB, 56 K, 1.266 WHIP, 4-5, 3.84 ERA, 3.19 FIP, 0.6 WAR 2015 storyline: Few relievers in baseball have been more reliable, durable and versatile than Stammen, who has pitched in just…
Feb 9, 2015, 5:20 PM EST
2014 record: 90-72, 1st place in NL Central Manager: Mike Matheny, 4th season Estimated 2015 payroll: $121 million Key additions: OF Jason Heyward, RP Jordan Walden, INF Mark Reynolds, RP Matt Belisle Key losses: OF Oscar Taveras, SP Shelby Miller, C A.J. Pierzynski, 2B Daniel Descalso, SP Justin Masterson, RP Jason Motte Projected lineup 3B Matt…
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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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- LaRoche: Nats have transformed D.C. into a baseball city
- Matt Williams sets the tone for Nats on Day 1
- Will 2015 be a breakout year for Nats' RF Harper?
- Werth shooting for opener but will be cautious
- Escobar '100 percent committed' to new position