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Septembers to remember

Jim Riggleman told me this week on our MASN video blog that September can be deceptive when evaluating young players. If the Nationals aren't playing a contending team, like the just-completed Houston series, young hitters will face pitchers that are either young and inexperienced themselves, or older guys trying to hang on to a job for next season. Playing the Phillies and Braves is

Spoiling the party

Jim Riggleman doesn't like the term "spoiler" and neither do I. I remember one season as a kid opening up the St. Louis newspaper, and reading the headline "Cards Could Be Spoilers." My boyhood team was out of the pennant race and I wasn't happy that they were relegated (did I know that word at that age?) to trying to beat hated rivals to

Back to the future

Last September it was shortstop Ian Desmond who made it to the Major Leagues, hitting .280 and making the good first impression that led to a solid rookie season in 2010. We all know, and so does Ian, that the errors have to be cut back considerably in 2011 for the Nats to have a "can't wait to see 'em together" left side of

Marquis excited about 2011

Jason Marquis signed a two-year contract with the Nationals this past offseason, but has been disappointed in his first season in Washington so far. Aside from struggling for much of the first month of the season, Marquis had his first surgery as a professional in 2010. Bob had a chance to catch up with Marquis and they talked about the Nats' rotation for next

The roller coaster stops...where?

Up and down go the Nationals, from suffering a sweep at home to the Cubs, to winning a scintillating 3 out of 4 from the Cardinals, to losing 2 out of 3 at Florida. Now it's on to Pittsburgh, and the Nats need to win a road series, something they haven't done since May in New York. Try to figure out the game of

Desmond improving in all facets of the game

The Washington Nationals' rookie shortstop, Ian Desmond, has been moved up to second in the lineup and has been getting more hits in that slot. Ian's's defense has also been improving for much of the second half of the season. Bob sat down with Ian and asked him what's changed for him since he has moved up in the batting order. Ian also touched

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