Dec 19, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT
Nationals closer Drew Storen stopped by to go one-on-one with Mark at last weekend’s NatsFest to talk about his offseason and his expectations for 2015. It has been a busy few months for the right-hander, who got married shortly after the Nats were ousted from the playoffs. Storen talked about traveling this offseason and how…
Dec 16, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Two winters ago, in the wake of a difficult postseason debut in which he gave up the runs that handed the Cardinals a 5-game NLDS victory over the Nationals, Drew Storen watched helplessly as general manager Mike Rizzo brought in a new closer, relegating him to a lesser relief role. So forgive Storen if privately…
Dec 15, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
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 15, 2014, 9:17 AM EDT
Avoiding a grievance hearing that was set for Tuesday, the Nationals and Bryce Harper settled on their own late Sunday night, agreeing to a 2-year, $7.5 million contract that establishes the star outfielder’s salaries for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. The two sides had been setting themselves…
Dec 15, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Ryan Zimmerman has always understood the value of a good first baseman. And he’s determined to become one himself, now that he knows once and for all he’ll be moving across the diamond on a permanent basis. “I’ve been lucky to play with a couple really good first basemen,” the long-time third baseman said Saturday…
Dec 14, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
There were no shortage of topics to discuss Saturday at NatsFest, some of it related to on-the-field matters, some of it related to off-the-field matters. Sebastian Salazar and I addressed several pressing issues in this segment that aired on Comcast SportsNet. We talk about the biggest dilemma facing the Nationals right now (sign pending free…
Dec 13, 2014, 3:51 PM EDT
Updated at 5:05 p.m. Bryce Harper was a no-show Saturday at NatsFest, deciding not to make a public appearance only three days before a scheduled salary grievance hearing between the star outfielder and the organization. Harper was originally listed among more than 20 Nationals players who were scheduled to appear at the club’s annual winter…
Dec 13, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT
Hello from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, home once again to NatsFest. There was a huge line of fans snaking around the floor level of the center waiting to get in before doors opened to season ticket holders, so it looks like there’s going to be a big turnout today. Most every player of…
Dec 3, 2014, 4:29 PM EDT
The vast majority of the Nationals’ roster is scheduled to appear at next weekend’s NatsFest, with only a handful of prominent players not on the docket. The Nationals released more details for the Dec. 13 event, which is returning to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown D.C. after being moved last year to…
Jan 28, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
Doug Fister pitched in a Mariners rotation that included Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee. He pitched in a Tigers rotation that boasted Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer. And he thinks his current rotation in Washington — featuring Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann — might just top them all. “I’ve certainly been blessed to…
Jan 27, 2014, 2:19 PM EDT
Though he would appear to have an obvious leg up to reclaim the job he lost last season while on the disabled list, Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the final spot in the Nationals’ rotation this spring. “I’ve done it every single year, so it’s nothing different for me,” he…
Jan 26, 2014, 3:13 PM EDT
Trade rumors are nothing new for Drew Storen, so when a new round of speculation surfaced this winter, the Nationals reliever didn’t worry about it. “No, I didn’t,” he said Saturday at NatsFest. “It’s part of the business. You read it and … eh, whatever happens. You never really know the full story. It’s kind…
Jan 26, 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
There aren’t a whole lot of ex-Nationals who bring a smile to everyone’s faces, owing in large part to the franchise’s overall lack of success and ever-changing roster during its first nine seasons in the District. Livan Hernandez, though, has always been — and will always remain — one of the most popular players in…
Jan 25, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT
Three months after having surgery to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is fully past the rehab process and feeling great. At this point, just weeks before pitchers and catchers report, he’s moving through the final days of winter as if the procedure never even happened. “It’s not considered rehab…
Jan 25, 2014, 3:53 PM EDT
Though his surgically repaired left knee feels “great,” Bryce Harper admitted Saturday he had been in pain well before his well-publicized wall collisions in April and May and he may not be 100 percent healed for the start of Nationals spring training. “I’m trying to get back to full strength,” the 21-year-old outfielder said at…
Jan 25, 2014, 9:45 AM EDT
Hello from the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, which today is hosting NatsFest for the first time. And there’s plenty on tap for the festivities, which runs from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for the general public (season-ticket holders and VIPs get an hour to themselves beginning at 10 a.m.). Props to the Nationals for bringing…
Jan 24, 2014, 9:28 AM EDT
Nationals manager Matt Williams sat down with Brian Mitchell on Thursday night for a one-on-one interview as part of SportsTalk Live’s ‘Open Mic’ segment. Williams looked ahead to this weekend’s NatsFest, as well as the new season, giving a preview of what to expect over the next few weeks as the team reports to spring…
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