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  1. Baseball in the District – How will Nats rebuild their bullpen?

    Nov 24, 2015, 2:40 PM EST

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    CLICK HERE TO LISTEN With Thanksgiving approaching and the winter meetings still over a week away, baseball has been put on the backburner for many in this town. But not for Tim Murray and I, who are going to be doing our podcast ‘Baseball in the District’ on a weekly basis now. We got back…

  2. Nats bring Henley back as third base coach

    Nov 24, 2015, 11:01 AM EST

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    The Nationals filled another vacancy on Dusty Baker’s coaching staff on Tuesday by bringing back Bobby Henley as their third base coach. Henley’s contract was not renewed after Matt Williams was fired as manager in October. He had recently accepted a position as a senior assistant for player development, but will now return to the field…

  3. Roster review: Matt Thornton

    Nov 24, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 39 How acquired: Selected off waivers Aug. of 2014 MLB service time: 11 years, 129 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: Free agent 2015 stats: 60 G, 41.1 IP, 33 H, 12 R, 10 ER, 2 HR, 11 BB, 23 K, 1.265 WHIP, 2-1, 2.18 ERA, 3.52 FIP, 1.2 WAR Quotable: “You kind…

  4. Rizzo happy to bring back Sean Burnett

    Nov 21, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    Nats unlikely to retain Burnett

    The Nationals’ bullpen may have been their biggest weakness in 2015, but it hasn’t always been that way. In 2012, when they led the majors with 98 wins and won the NL East, it was one of their biggest strengths. They had balance, depth and firepower top to bottom in what amounted to one of…

  5. 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…

  6. Harper points to health as key to MVP season

    Nov 19, 2015, 10:00 PM EST

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    For a player to have a season worthy of an MVP award, many things have to go right, and for Bryce Harper in 2015, just about everything did. He set career-highs in almost every statistical category and led the league in runs, homers, OBP, slugging percentage and OPS. This was all at the age of 22.…

  7. Nats announce 2016 spring training schedule

    Nov 19, 2015, 2:16 PM EST

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    The Nationals’ 2016 spring training schedule has been released with less than three months now until pitchers and catchers report. The Nats will begin their spring schedule on March 2 at Port Charlotte against the Tampa Bay Rays. They will host their first game on March 3 against the defending NL-champion New York Mets. The…

  8. Rizzo hopes new medical and training program is “next Moneyball”

    Nov 19, 2015, 11:55 AM EST

    L to R: Dr. Keith Pyne, GM Mike Rizzo, and Dr. Robin West. (AP)

    On paper, the Nationals feature one of the most talented rosters in baseball. They can pitch, they can hit, they can defend. When healthy, they have several players who could contend for MVP awards on a yearly basis. They have All-Star potential at most positions. But the potential of their lineup, in particular, has rarely been realized…

  9. VIDEO: Mark Zuckerman talks Harper on STL

    Nov 19, 2015, 9:09 AM EST

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    Mark joined Rob Carlin and Brian Mitchell on Wednesday night’s episode of SportsTalk Live to preview tonight’s unveiling of the 2015 Most Valuable Player award for both leagues. The Nationals are likely to see Bryce Harper win the honors for the NL after his historic Age 22 season. Mark talks about Harper’s memorable year and…

  10. Scherzer finishes 5th in NL Cy Young voting

    Nov 18, 2015, 7:11 PM EST

    USA Today

    The results for the 2015 NL Cy Young award were announced on Wednesday night with Max Scherzer placing fifth in voting, his first year with the Nationals. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta edged out Dodgers star Zack Greinke to win the award for the first time in his career. Scherzer ties Jordan Zimmermann for the second-highest…

  11. Carpenter outrighted, now a free agent

    Nov 18, 2015, 5:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    After joining the Nationals in a June trade and appearing in only eight games with the team, right-hander David Carpenter will now test free agency. The Nationals outrighted the veteran reliever off their 40-man roster on Wednesday to Triple-A Syracuse. He then elected to try his luck on the open market. Carpenter, 30, began the…

  12. Roster review: Jose Lobaton

    Nov 18, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 31 How acquired: Trade with Rays, Feb. 2014 MLB service time: 4 years, 138 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $1.2 million Contract status: Arbitration eligible, free agent in 2018 2015 stats: 44 G, 155 PA, 11 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 15 BB, 40 SO, .199 AVG, .279 OBP, .294 SLG, .573 OPS, 2 E, -0.3 WAR…

  13. Rizzo and Baker feel great about Maddux and Lopes hires

    Nov 10, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The Nationals’ disappointing 2015 season was followed by a long list of casualties. In addition to Matt Williams getting fired, they dismissed their training staff and did not renew the contracts of all of their assistant coaches. Pitching coach Steve McCatty’s departure was the most surprising among that group. It is hard to blame the Nationals…

  14. Baker excited and well-equipped to manage Harper

    Nov 9, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

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    Despite their 83-79 record and well-documented failings in 2015, the Nationals’ managerial opening remained an attractive one this offseason. It’s a team that is just one year removed from winning the NL East and posting the best record in the National League. They also have a pretty decent young player in Bryce Harper, who in less…

  15. Baker sees Nats as ‘perfect fit’ both on and off field

    Nov 7, 2015, 9:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    Last week when media reports had Bud Black penciled in as the Nationals’ new manager, Dusty Baker gave an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle at a book signing in which he lamented losing out on the job. The Nats had not spoken to him yet – which in hindsight perhaps should have been a…

  16. What will Baker change as manager of the Nats?

    Nov 6, 2015, 2:42 PM EST

    USA Today

    It has been just over 24 hours since Dusty Baker was introduced as the Nationals’ new manager and three-and-a-half months remain until pitchers and catchers report for 2016 spring training. That is a long, long time for Baker to get settled and start making plans for his first year on the job. Given that timeframe,…

  17. Baker, Rizzo don’t buy criticism manager is too old school

    Nov 6, 2015, 6:00 AM EST

    USA Today

    The mere mention of Dusty Baker’s name when candidates began surfacing in the Nationals’ managerial search brought strong reactions from all around. Many were thrilled at the news, pointing to his impressive record as a three-time NL manager of the year. Others, however, were not quite as enthused. Criticism emerged of Baker being too old school:…

  18. VIDEO: GM Mike Rizzo goes 1-on-1

    Nov 5, 2015, 8:43 PM EST

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    Mark didn’t only sit down with Dusty Baker on Thursday, he also got Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo 1-on-1. Rizzo explained what went down between the Nats and Bud Black and also spoke glowingly about what Baker will bring to Washington. Rizzo also talked about the front office’s objectives this offseason and confirmed they plan…

  19. VIDEO: Dusty Baker goes 1-on-1

    Nov 5, 2015, 6:21 PM EST

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    After holding a press conference at the podium alongside GM Mike Rizzo at Nats Park, new Nationals manager Dusty Baker sat down with Mark for an extensive 1-on-1 interview. They covered a variety of subjects including his love for the city of Washington, his excitement to take over the Nats and what it will be…

  20. Nats introduce Dusty Baker

    Nov 5, 2015, 12:17 PM EST

    USA Today

    Updated: 2:09 p.m. New Nationals manager Dusty Baker walked into the interview room at Nats Park behind general manager Mike Rizzo. He thanked the ownership that was sitting to his left. He put on his No. 12 jersey and Nationals ‘Curly W’ hat. He then proceeded to own the room like a man with his…

  21. VIDEOS: How Dusty Baker will fit as manager of the Nats

    Nov 4, 2015, 12:36 PM EST

    USA Today

    After the Nationals hired Dusty Baker to be their new manager through a complicated process that has all of us still scratching our heads, we at CSN decided to run a full 30-minute special to break it all down. We had Mark Zuckerman, Joe Orsulak, Sebastian Salazar and myself all give our takes on the situation…

  22. Plenty on Baker’s to-do list as Nats manager

    Nov 4, 2015, 9:05 AM EST

    USA Today

    Any time a team fires one manager and hires another, many things will need to be fixed. The Nationals remain a deep and impressive roster despite their shortcomings this past season. But after Dusty Baker is introduced on Thursday – barring something unforeseen, as you never know these days – he will need to get…

  23. Roster review: Blake Treinen

    Nov 1, 2015, 10:00 AM EST

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    Age on Opening Day 2016: 27 How acquired: Trade from Oakland, Jan. 2013 MLB service time: 1 year, 50 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $512,800 Contract status: Pre-arbitration 2015 stats: 60 G, 67.2 IP, 62 H, 32 R, 29 ER, 4 HR, 32 BB, 65 K, 1.389 WHIP, 2-5, 3.49 ERA, 3.49 FIP, 0.4 WAR Quotable: “For Blake it’s about consistency. We know the kind of talent he’s got. It’s heavy…

  24. Roster review: Casey Janssen

    Oct 31, 2015, 10:00 AM EST


    Age on Opening Day 2016: 34 How acquired: Signed as free agent Feb. 2015 MLB service time: 9 years, 63 days 2015 salary+bonuses: $3.5 million Contract status: $7 million mutual option for 2016 with $1.5 million buyout 2015 stats: 48 G, 40 IP, 38 H, 22 R, 22 ER, 5 HR, 8 BB, 27 K, 1.150 WHIP, 2-5, 4.95 ERA, 4.08 FIP, 0.0 WAR Quotable: “It’s kind of a…

  25. Beltway Baseball: Bud Black presents several unknowns for Nats

    Oct 30, 2015, 1:20 PM EST

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    Mark stopped by the CSN office on Thursday to shoot some videos for SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live, so we decided to sit down and go a little bit more in-depth on the Bud Black hire in an it’s-been-too-long episode of ‘Beltway Baseball.’ First we discussed whether Black was the best candidate available. Then, we…





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