Author Archives: Mark Zuckerman

Was Harper kiss a big deal?

Bryce Harper’s home run trot from last night’s game against Greensboro has drawn considerable attention from all over the sporting world today. The video of the 18-year-old blowing a kiss toward pitcher Zachary Neal has shown up on ESPN, MLB Network and countless other TV stations and websites and drawn reaction from ex-ballplayers, baseball executives and talking heads.

But how big a deal was Continue reading

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Strasburg update, one year after debut

Three hundred and sixty-four days ago, Stephen Strasburg was in Washington, full of nervous anticipation for his major-league debut the following night. Little did the right-hander know how things would progress that night, nor how things would progress over the next year.

This afternoon, speaking to reporters on a conference call from Viera, Fla., where he continues to rehab following Tommy Continue reading

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Marquis, Riggleman suspended

Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis has been suspended five games, and manager Jim Riggleman has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball for their roles in Sunday’s beanball war in Arizona.

Marquis has appealed his suspension and thus will be able to continue playing until a hearing takes place. Riggleman will serve his suspension tonight in San Francisco, with bench coach John McLaren Continue reading

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Sealed with a kiss

PHOENIX — Some thoughts to share on this Tuesday morning as you contemplate how the Nationals managed to blow last night’s game in San Francisco and as I contemplate my upcoming flight home to D.C…

– Turns out Bryce Harper’s leg injury wasn’t serious at all. After taking a fastball off his lower right leg in the first inning Sunday afternoon at Hagerstown, the kid was back in the lineup Continue reading

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Game 60: Nats at Giants

File photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDERSparkling AT&T Park hosts the Nationals for a three-game series beginning tonight.
As team executives huddled up in their draft war room in Washington tonight, the Nationals themselves are 3,000 miles away, ready to open a three-game series with the Giants in San Francisco.

The challenge in the series opener (Tim Lincecum) is daunting, but the Nats Continue reading

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Nats get 3B Rendon with 6th pick

Updated at 11:09 p.m.

At the mercy of five other clubs lined up in front of them after holding the No. 1 pick in each of the last two drafts, the Nationals tonight may have managed to get the best player of the entire class anyways.

Washington selected Anthony Rendon with the sixth overall pick, surprised and elated the Rice third baseman was passed over by five franchises clearly concerned Continue reading

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MLB Draft live blog

It’s just about that time. The MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. Eastern, and though the Nationals don’t own the No. 1 pick as they did the last two years, they’ll certainly be paying close attention to what players are selected 1 through 5 and who remains available when their No. 6 pick comes up.

Based on various mock drafts and conversations I’ve had both with Nats executives and writers covering Continue reading

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Series preview: Nats at Giants

Monday, 10:15 p.m. — LHP John Lannan (3-5, 4.05) vs. RHP Tim Lincecum (5-4, 2.59)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Tuesday, 10:15 p.m. — RHP Jordan Zimmermann (3-6, 3.61) vs. LHP Jonathan Sanchez (4-3, 3.50)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WJFK-106.7 FM, WFED-1500 AM

Wednesday, 3:45 p.m. — RHP Yunesky Maya (0-1, 8.00) vs. RHP Matt Cain (4-4 3.64)
TV: MASN2 Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WHFS-1580 AM Continue reading

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Who will Nats get with 6th pick?

On draft day 2009, Mike Rizzo was able to rest comfortably, knowing Stephen Strasburg was his (and no one else’s) to select.

On draft day 2010, Rizzo was again able to rest comfortably, knowing Bryce Harper was his (and no one else’s) to select.

Well, draft day 2011 has arrived, but there will be no comfortable resting for the Nationals general manager and his stable of scouts, only nervous Continue reading

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Zim’s rehab, Harper’s early exit

Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back in Hagerstown’s lineup Sunday, a first glimpse at what could become a daily occurrence in Washington at some point. Unfortunately, a crowd of 4,000 didn’t get to see much of the pairing.

Harper had to depart after taking a fastball off his lower right leg in the bottom of the first inning, though the injury doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Continue reading

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