#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Long live the new king

The days keep getting shorter, and maybe your mood - already frayed by pandemic fatigue - is getting darker. Fret not, because MASN can help with that. For a baseball fan (which you must be, or you wouldn’t be on this site), there’s no better morale booster than watching your team pull off a thrilling win. And “Nationals Classics” keeps them coming at you throughout ... read more

Nationals all in on developing pitching

It is no secret that the Nationals have made a commitment to drafting and developing pitching. Cade Cavalli, their first-round pick in the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, is the most recent example of that strategy. The Nats have selected 34 pitchers in the first 10 rounds of the last five drafts, and if this year’s draft was not shortened to just five rounds, that number ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Coming through in the clutch

Well, Thanksgiving is in the rear-view mirror, which means the currently chilly hot stove will soon be heating up. And what better way to get in the mood than a smattering of clutch performances that resulted in Nationals victories? Here at MASN, “Nationals Classics” are designed to make you feel warm and fuzzy all over. Guys that make their money by coming through in the ... read more

Umpires brighten season for patients at Children’s National Hospital

The coronavirus pandemic interrupted spring training, shortened the Major League Baseball season, and added COVID-19 testing to the daily routine for players and staff. No way around it, the virus has been felt in every corner of the baseball universe. Even umpires were not immune. The annual visit by the men in blue to Children’s National Hospital, where members of UMPS CARE Charities, took on ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Missed it by that much

Perhaps you’re skipping the trip over the river and through the woods this year. Maybe you’ve made the tough choice to put the family’s health ahead of family togetherness and forego planes, trains and automobiles for now. It might not seem so at the tail end of the kind of year that 2020 has been for all of us, but chances are you’ve still got ... read more

Zuckerman a finalist for D.C. Sportswriter of the Year

MASNsports.com Nationals beat writer Mark Zuckerman is a finalist for the Washington, D.C., Sportswriter of the Year award presented by the National Sports Media Association. Zuckerman, who joined MASNsports.com in 2016, is one of six finalists for the annual award, along with David Aldridge, Fred Katz and Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic, and Thomas Boswell and Barry Svrluga of The Washington Post. Voting will be ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: An abundance of offense

There’s no way around it: Good teams make their hay at the plate. And if you’re one of those who favor offense over pitching, you’ll want to pay close attention to this week’s smorgasbord of “Nationals Classics” on MASN, which feature more offense than you can shake a stick at. Of course, in this case, that stick would be a Louisville Slugger, or some other ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Near perfection at home, craziness in L.A.

To say that 2020 has been sad, strange and unnerving is almost cliché now. But that doesn’t make it any less true. And with seven weeks left before the arrival of 2021, many of us have begun our countdown to New Year’s Day a little earlier than usual. As we head toward what’s bound to be a long winter likely to bring a coronavirus surge, ... read more