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Desmond wants to stay “hungry”

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond told me this week he gets to camp every day before 7:00 a.m. because he wants to be there “early, as a younger player”. He reads on the board what he will work on that day and gets on the field. He spent a few moments with me talking about his experiences so far and the possibility he could be the

Could Strasburg debut in Woodbridge?

With all the buzz continuing towards swarm proportions regarding baseball phenom Stephen Strasburg and when he will pitch in the majors, I thought it would be great to check in with the Potomac Nationals, The Nats High Class A affiliate in my beautiful hometown of Woodbridge, Virginia. Potomac has been mentioned as a likely starting point for Stephen as he makes his way to Nats

Mock: “Everything is running very smoothly”

Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock gives us an update of how spring training is going so far as I caught up with him for a question and answer session. We talked about his two bullpen sessions and what he thinks of pitching in the first game of spring training. On pitching in the first split squad game March 4th against the Astros (J.D. Martin will start

Chico making adjustments after bullpen session (with audio)

I spoke with Nationals left-hander Matt Chico today on his first bullpen session. He’s in the same group as Stephen Strasburg, which he touches on a little bit in our conversation. Chico talked to me about what pitches he threw and how his arm feels today. He also shared what Steve McCatty and minor league pitching coordinator Spin Williams told him after the session and

Riggleman: We will push from day one

I had a chance to speak with Nationals manager Jim Riggleman as spring training 2010 gets underway today. We went over several of the important issues the Nats have solved and that they face as they embark on Jim’s first full year as the Nats skipper. On the signing of Adam Kennedy at second base: “At this point, Mike has really addressed every issue we

Riggleman’s thoughts on Chien-Ming Wang

The Nationals announced today they have signed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang. Wang won 38 games in 2006 and 2007 for the New York Yankees. I asked manager Jim Riggleman what he thought of the signing of Chien-Ming Wang: “I think it is a great signing on the part of the whole organization. It makes a statement by the Lerners, Stan Kasten and Mike Rizzo that we

Chico ready to return better than ever

Nationals lefthander Matt Chico missed most of the 2009 season after having elbow surgery in 2008. Chico is optimistic he can return even better than he was before the surgery because he is pain free for the first time since his first spring training in 2004. I had a chance to talk with Matt as he prepares in Viera for spring training. How does elbow

Marquis not satisfied with .500 season

As we countdown to spring training 2010, let’s put a spotlight today on pitcher Jason Marquis, the newest front line starter for the Nats. I had talked to Ryan Speier during NatsFest, who like Marquis, came over from the Colorado Rockies. Speier said some of his breaking pitches didn’t do what he expected they would do at 5,280 feet, so he had to adjust a

Exclusive: Strasburg confirms knee is “100 percent”

I had a chance to catch up with No. 1 overall selection Stephen Strasburg as he embarks on his first professional spring training as a member of the Washington Nationals. It was a busy offseason for Strasburg. He participated in the Arizona Fall League and married girlfriend Rachel Lackey last month in San Diego. Strasburg signed a record $15.1 million contract with the Nationals in

Does Garrett Mock want to be a starter?

I had a chance to talk with Nationals pitcher Garrett Mock as he prepares for the 2010 season in Viera, Florida. He went 3-10 with a 5.62 ERA in 28 games with 15 starts. His last start was an impressive no-decision against Atlanta on October 1. In that game he allowed 1 earned run, a solo homer, in 6 innings, scattering 5 hits. “I wish

Bryce Harper Update from College Coach

Another update on 17-year old collegiate baseball phenom Bryce Harper who is playing for the College of Southern Nevada. He is batting .323, 10-31 with 2 HRs and 9 RBI. The Coyotes are off to a very good start at 8-0. Bryce’s baseball coach Tim Chambers on the latest with Bryce and Southern Nevada: “The team has done really well. It was pretty crazy the

Bryce Harper: Week Two

Two weeks into the season and a very good start for Bryce Harper at College of Southern Nevada. The Coyotes are a perfect 8-0 and have outscored opponents 60-17. Bryce has played catcher and third base. Harper is hitting .323 in 8 starts, 10-31 with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers and 9 RBI. His slugging percentage is a team-leading .677 with 5 BB and

Desmond ready for new challenge

Last week the Nationals signed second baseman Adam Kennedy to shore up the middle infield for the 2010 season. Mike Rizzo has said he would like to sign one more veteran starting pitcher to finish up the off season changes. A lot of talk last week centered around the possiblity of signing a second baseman and if that did not come to fruition, one scenario

Riggleman on Kennedy

The Nationals have agreed to a deal with veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy. Kennedy has played with the Cardinals, Angels and Athletics. Nats manager Jim Riggleman remembers dealing with Kennedy when he was the minor league field coordinator for the St. Louis Cardinals. “Adam is a professional hitter,” Riggleman said. “He is a talented player. Adam can do a little of everything. He can hit.

Confident Speier looking toward healthy 2010

Nationals reliever Ryan Speier comes over from the Colorado Rockies looking to make the opening day roster for 2010. Speier is a local boy, who went to West Springfield and Radford University. He is excited to get started and attempt to crack the lineup. “This is huge for me and my family,” Speier said. “When I was talking to my agent during free agency, there

On Bryce Harper’s Weekend

Here is a quick update on Bryce Harper’s weekend from Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, who got to see Bryce in person for his debut Friday night. What did you think from what you saw of Bryce? “I thought Harper looked good in his debut, considering he skipped his final two years of high school. There was definitely excitement and anticipation in the

Nats Caravan: Brian Bruney

At Sunday’s NatsFest I had a chance to talk with one of the newest Nationals, pitcher Brian Bruney, who came over from the New York Yankees. Bruney was 5-0 with a 3.92 ERA in 44 games with the Yankees last season. Bruney went in-depth as to why he likes the Nats and what he wants to change in the way he approaches the game. He

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