Spring training expectations set for Rutledge and Cavalli

Reporting to the first day of spring training as rookies must feel a lot like a freshman arriving on campus for the first day of high school. But instead of being surrounded by jocks, cliques and faculty, you’re stepping into a clubhouse full of world champions, a World Series MVP, a Cy Young Award winner and All-Stars. OK, so in a sense, still jocks. But ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Soto shows his stuff, Zimmerman knows how to finish

Here in the real world, it’s still winter. Short days, cold nights, walking with eyes peeled for any stray patches of ice. But in the Sunshine State, baseball is back and hope springs eternal. Pitchers and catchers have made their way to West Palm Beach, and the Nationals will soon be playing exhibition games and getting ready for both the parent club and its minor ... read more

New Nats looking forward to playing with young stars

Spring has sprung and a new baseball season is upon us, as Nationals pitchers and catchers officially report to West Palm Beach today for the start of camp. The start of spring training for returning players and coaches means the start of a new pursuit for a championship. For fans, it means the start of another season of cheering on their favorite club. For new ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics” Offense, pitching and clinchers

As the Nationals prepare to convene in West Palm Beach, Fla., our thoughts turn toward warm nights spent sitting in the stands at Nationals Park and watching baseball. While it’ll be a bit before we can actually do that again - dang pandemic! - MASN has you covered with a plethora of “Nationals Classics” from yesteryear. This week’s offerings include pitching prowess, offensive fireworks and ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Two n’s, one hit in two whole games

As miserable as it can be in most of the country, weather-wise, February is normally a joyous time for baseball fans, as it means the start of spring training in the sunny climes of Florida and Arizona. But as Bill Murray experienced on film one February, baseball could be having, in the words often attributed to an oft-quoted Yankees catcher, deja vu all over again. ... read more

Remembering Mel Antonen

“I’m gonna beat this.” Every conversation with Mel Antonen over the past year, every email, every Zoom, every FaceTime, every single interaction included these words. Dealt a horrible hand with multiple health issues - something called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare autoimmune disease that attacked his liver, followed by bouts with COVID-19 and then lymphoma - Mel battled to the very end. Unfortunately, that came late ... read more

Cavalli cracks MLBPipeline.com’s top 100 prospects list

Some - maybe not much, but some - was made a little over a week ago when the Nationals did not have a single prospect land in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects list. They were the only major league team to not have at least one prospect ranked by the publication. But on Thursday night, another highly regarded source for baseball prospect news came out ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Hitting the home stretch of the offseason

Who’s ready to turn the page to the 2021 season? Well, in just a few weeks (pandemic willing, mind you), spring training will be upon us. There are few words more glorious to a baseball-starved fan than “pitchers and catchers report.” Well, “full-squad workout” and “Play ball!” are pretty close. While we wait for things to get underway in West Palm Beach, Fla., MASN will ... read more