In case you haven't heard, more Nationals-flavored programming is coming to MASN.
Beginning this Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m., I'll be hosting "Nats Talk" on MASN. It's a two-hour viewer participation program that will focus mainly on the Nats, though we'll touch on other subjects involving the game as a whole.
Many of you know that I've been on "Wall to Wall Baseball" with Tom Davis and Dave Johnson for the past few years, with about an 18-month break in which I hosted "Baseball Roundup" 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays on 980AM in Washington. "Wall to Wall" was intended to be a 50-50 Orioles and Nationals show, though many viewers saw it more like 90-10, since there were two Baltimore guys and only one Washington guy. MASN management saw an opportunity to remedy the situation, and return me to the "Baseball Roundup" time slot.
I'm not doing the show solo. You'll likely see a handful of different sidekicks, but at the outset, I'll be joined by former major league left-hander Mike Wallace. He has joined me on the radio postgame show a few times, and his experience as a player - with the Yankees, Phillies, Cardinals and Rangers - and his knowledge of what's going on currently in the game make him expertly qualified. He's funny, glib and knows the game inside and out. Mike was also somewhat of a teenage phenom at Madison High School in Fairfax County, Va., in case you're thinking you've heard that name before, and not from "60 Minutes."
Interestingly, the Nationals' equipment manager is also named Mike Wallace, and the two Mikes know each other from when they were both with the Rangers.
There's a toll-free number to call in to the show - it'll be on the screen - and we'll also be able to take your emails if you'd prefer that route. Our first show is actually extended to 12:30 p.m. this Saturday, right before "Nats Xtra." Most weeks we'll be followed by "Wall-to-Wall Baseball" with Tom and Dave, who can now focus on the Orioles. They'll be on noon-2 p.m., though some weeks, if there's less than four hours before game time, we may split that time evenly between the two shows.
Hope you'll tune in - and participate - in the weeks and months to come.