Mr. National: Zimmerman closing in on more franchise records

In a time when there is still so much uncertainty in the world, there are some things we do know for a fact as it relates to the 2021 baseball season. Spring training started on time and was completed without any serious hiccups. The Nationals will start their 2021 campaign eventually, even after a player returned a positive COVID-19 test yesterday and opening day against ... read more

Scherzer, Nats still not talking contract ahead of opening day

Opening day brings the hope of a new baseball season. Not even a positive COVID-19 test can change that. “We’re gonna play tomorrow night,” confirmed general manager Mike Rizzo on a Zoom call with reporters Wednesday afternoon after announcing the unfortunate, but not devastating, news. What opening day does not bring, however, is any clarity on Max Scherzer’s future contract situation with the Nationals. After ... read more

Braymer learning from experience and veterans in camp

Ben Braymer has been with the Nationals longer than you might think. An 18th-round draft pick out of Auburn University in 2016, the 26-year-old left-hander is entering his sixth season in the organization. Considering his age, the year he was drafted (the same as Carter Kieboom and former Nats prospects Dane Dunning and Jesús Luzardo) and his progression through the minor league system, you might ... read more

Romero and Braymer stretching out as starters

The Nationals have been very clear about how they will utilize their top pitching prospects. Guys like Jackson Rutledge and Cade Cavalli project to be front-line starters, and general manager Mike Rizzo has confirmed that’s the path the organization has set them on. But the futures of some mid-level prospects aren’t as certain. Guys like Seth Romero and Ben Braymer have pitched both as starters ... read more

#TBT to “Nationals Classics”: Pitching and offense aplenty

Well, pitchers and catchers have reported to West Palm Beach, followed by position players. Pretty soon, there will be Grapefruit League games. And before you know it, the regular season will be upon us, pandemic willing. But before we turn the page to a new season, we’ve got time for one more collection of “Nationals Classics” on MASN. This week’s array of retro games includes ... read more

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