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  1. Boras puts onus on Nats to initiate Harper, Strasburg talks

    Dec 9, 2015, 6:59 PM EST


    NASHVILLE — If the Nationals harbor any hopes of keeping Bryce Harper in D.C. long-term, the onus will be on them to initiate negotiations, agent Scott Boras said Wednesday. “I think those are club dynamics,” Boras said during his customary gaggle with reporters on the third day of the Winter Meetings. “Whenever any team approaches…

  2. Stammen non-tendered after injury-plagued season

    Dec 3, 2015, 12:25 AM EST


    The Nationals chose not to tender a 2016 contract to Craig Stammen before Wednesday night’s deadline, a move that makes the popular-but-rehabbing reliever a free agent but doesn’t necessarily preclude him from re-signing with the organization that drafted him a decade ago. Facing a midnight deadline on six remaining arbitration-eligible players, the Nationals made the…

  3. The Nats’ updated all-time stats leaders

    Nov 17, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    This may have been a disappointing season for the Nationals as a whole, but for a few individuals it was anything but. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer, in particular, put together arguably the single-best offensive and pitching seasons we’ve seen since baseball returned to D.C. And even those who didn’t put up historic numbers in…

  4. Boras: Strasburg had benign growth removed from back

    Nov 11, 2015, 7:56 PM EST


    Stephen Strasburg is doing well after having a non-cancerous growth surgically removed from his back in October, according to his agent Scott Boras. Boras, who was speaking to reporters Wednesday at the GM Meetings in Florida, said that the growth caused discomfort while Strasburg pitched. Scott Boras said Stephen Strasburg had a non-cancerous growth surgically…

  5. Point/Counterpoint: Does Harvey in the WS change your view on Strasburg?

    Oct 26, 2015, 12:31 PM EST

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    THIS WEEK’S DEBATE: Does the Mets’ successful use of Matt Harvey this postseason make you view the Nationals’ shutdown of Stephen Strasburg in 2012 any differently? MARK ZUCKERMAN: No. I know it’s trendy to bring up the Strasburg shutdown again now because the Mets have taken the complete opposite approach with Harvey and now are…

  6. Roster review: Stephen Strasburg

    Oct 23, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: 1st round pick, 2009 draft MLB service time: 5 years, 118 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $7.4 million Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2016, free agent in 2017 2015 stats: 23 GS, 127.1 IP, 115 H, 56 R, 49 ER, 14 HR, 26 BB, 155 K, 1.107 WHIP, 11-7, 3.46…

  7. After a disappointing 2015, what’s next for the Nats?

    Oct 9, 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…

  8. ‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman on a big offseason

    Oct 8, 2015, 2:07 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN For our final episode of the 2015 season of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we brought Mark Zuckerman in studio to help make sense of what amounts to a lost year for the Nationals. We looked back on the season, but focused mainly on what is next, as the Nats have a…

  9. What was the turning point for the 2015 Nationals?

    Oct 8, 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…

  10. Strasburg’s dramatic turnaround a learning experience

    Oct 2, 2015, 12:05 AM EST

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    ATLANTA — It was Memorial Day, and Stephen Strasburg was an utter mess. He was dealing with a variety of nagging-but-seemingly-minor ailments that either knocked him out of games early or resulted in opponents scoring runs in bunches against him. Strasburg’s ERA stood at 6.55, a staggering 109th out of 110 qualifying major-league starting pitchers.…

  11. Nats 3, Braves 0: Strasburg strong in series finale

    Oct 1, 2015, 9:57 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: There’s nothing left to play for on the team level, so attention shifts to individual performance during the season’s final week. And there has been no better individual performing better for the Nationals down the stretch than Stephen Strasburg. Distancing himself even further from his disastrous first half of the season,…

  12. Game 159: Nats at Braves

    Oct 1, 2015, 3:42 PM EST

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    ATLANTA — The forecast here tonight is lousy. It’s supposed to start raining sometime around first pitch, and once it starts it’s not supposed to stop. But they’ve apparently have sold 38,000 tickets to tonight’s game, not because 38,000 people are excited to watch the Nationals and Braves but because somebody named Sam Hunt is…

  13. Stock Watch: Harper’s magical season nearing its end

    Sep 23, 2015, 12:25 PM EST

    Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) smiles in the dugout after hitting a two-run homer during a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Washington. The Nationals won 5-2. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Each week this season, we’ll take the temperature of the Nationals roster to see whose stock is rising or falling.   Record: 4-2 Team slash: .269/.372/.437 Team ERA: 3.11 Runs per game: 6.6   STOCK UP   Bryce Harper, RF: .450 AVG/ 2 HR/ 1.356 OPS The discussion about who should be NL MVP is just about over; the…

  14. UPDATED: Harper and Strasburg co-NL players of the week

    Sep 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EST

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    UPDATED: 5:23 p.m. When the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the hope was that they would someday provide a dynamic tandem as two of the best players in baseball. For the last week, that was exactly the case, as both earned honors as co-NL…

  15. Strasburg continues to dominate

    Sep 20, 2015, 6:09 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg’s 2015 season has been a tale of the extremes. Early on he went through the worst stretch of his career and suffered several injuries along the way. But lately he has been at his very best, carving up opposing lineups with record-setting command of the strike zone. Strasburg added 10 strikeouts in Sunday’s 13-3…

  16. Game 149: Marlins at Nats

    Sep 20, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

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    The Nationals enter Sunday with a chance to take three of four against the Marlins and make it seven wins in their last eight overall. Stephen Strasburg (9-7, 3.98) will look to follow strong outings from Max Scherzer and Jordan Zimmermann. Strasburg had perhaps the best start of his career his last time out, eight…

  17. Strasburg’s 1-hitter was weeks in the making

    Sep 16, 2015, 10:11 AM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — To the observer watching from afar, Stephen Strasburg’s absolute gem of a pitching performance Tuesday night might have seemed to emerge from nowhere. Strasburg throwing a 1-hitter? On 14 strikeouts? The same guy whose career appeared to be teetering on the brink earlier this summer? Anyone who has been watching Strasburg over the…

  18. Nats 4, Phillies 0: Strasburg and Harper dominate

    Sep 15, 2015, 9:41 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It won’t come as much consolation near the end of a disappointing season, but there are still nights when you can appreciate just how special Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper can be. This was one of those nights, and it deserves to be appreciated. The Nationals’ two No. 1 draft picks…

  19. Game 144: Nats at Phillies

    Sep 15, 2015, 3:33 PM EST

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    PHILADELPHIA — There haven’t been a whole lot of encouraging developments for the Nationals over the last six weeks or so, but Stephen Strasburg certainly has been plenty encouraging of late. Tonight, the right-hander takes the mound at Citizens Bank Park hoping to continue his roll against a Phillies lineup that features journeyman Andres Blanco…

  20. Baseball in the District – ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick

    Sep 10, 2015, 3:39 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN Man, what a day to to talk about the Nats. This week’s episode of ‘The Baseball Show’ just happened to fall on the day after the Nationals were swept by the New York Mets. Our guest this week was ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, who was great on the Nats from a national…

  21. Strasburg’s performance another missed chance for Nats

    Sep 10, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    What makes the Nationals getting swept by the Mets this week so devastating was not only the fact it all but pulled the plug on their postseason hopes. What added to their misery was that all three games featured unique breaks – at least for this team in this particular year – that would normally…

  22. A series that defined the Nationals’ season

    Sep 10, 2015, 12:41 AM EST

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    When the obituaries for the 2015 Washington Nationals are written a few weeks from now — yes, some have already published them, but they’re not officially done yet, they’re just in hospice care — they will try to determine the cause of death. Injuries to their lineup? Underwhelming performances from their star-studded rotation? A bullpen…

  23. Mets 5, Nats 3: Another blown lead caps series sweep

    Sep 9, 2015, 9:46 PM EST

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    GAME IN A NUTSHELL: It couldn’t happen again. Could it? Well, yes, it could. And the latest installment of A Nightmare on South Capitol Street wasn’t any easier for the Nationals or their fans to watch. Leading by a run entering the eighth inning behind a dominant performance from Stephen Strasburg (13 strikeouts) and offensive…

  24. Game 139: Mets at Nats

    Sep 9, 2015, 3:37 PM EST

    Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

    After blowing two straight games to begin the series, the Nationals will now hope to avoid a sweep to the New York Mets on Wednesday with a true wild card as a pitching matchup. There is a lot of unknown there because Stephen Strasburg (8-6, 4.35) is coming back from injury. He left his last start…

  25. Strasburg fine after bullpen, will start Wednesday vs. Mets

    Sep 3, 2015, 6:00 PM EST

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    Stephen Strasburg threw off the bullpen mound at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon and emerged with no problems, though the club will hold him from starting again until the finale of next week’s do-or-die series with the Mets. Strasburg, who departed his last outing Sunday with neck tightness, received treatment and quickly returned to his…





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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