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‘Baseball in the District’ – Mark Zuckerman on a big offseason

Oct 8, 2015, 2:07 PM EDT

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For our final episode of the 2015 season of ‘Baseball in the District,’ we brought Mark Zuckerman in studio to help make sense of what amounts to a lost year for the Nationals. We looked back on the season, but focused mainly on what is next, as the Nats have a long to-do list awaiting them this winter.

The Nats’ managerial search was a big point of discussion, but so was the roster itself, as the Nationals’ front office has an entire bullpen to rebuild, a rotation that is in flux and a group of position players that is very talented, but hardly reliable both in terms of health and on-field results.

You can listen to the show on ESPN 980’s website or download it on iTunes by searching ‘Baseball in the District.’

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Oct 8, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Coming to NI late today, but a couple of comments on the previous thread:

    — In a 162-game season, I’m not sure you can point to any single turning point, but I would argue that the two-week stretch immediately following the ASG at least partially qualifies. The Nats came out of the break with 3 game lead and the Mets proceeded to lose 8 of their next 13. And the Nats proceeded to extend their lead by…zippo. That opportunity missed, to me, was as much a turning point as the subsequent losses to the Mets.

    — But I would also agree with a couple of posters on the previous threat who argued that the Nats overall poor play throughout the season never really put them in a strong enough position to have a negative turning point, per se. In that sense, you might say the turning point was during the off-season and Spring Training, when the injuries began to pile up and the team never seemed able to get on a consistent, winning track (a couple of good stretches excepted).

  2. ArVAFan - Oct 8, 2015 at 7:45 PM

    The broadcast is quite long, but it is worth listening to, just given the number of potential player and manager moves that were discussed. Some names discussed: Black, Gardenhire, Leyland, Chapman, Kimbrel, Weiters. Subjects discussed (besides the “what went wrong”): the difference between a talented roster and a good team, a possible ginormous contract for Harper in the offseason, configuring the infield for next year, might Rizzo add yet another big-name pitcher (as he has each off-season).





As ESPN-980 AM's Nats Insider, Mark makes daily appearances on the station's various shows. Here's the 2015 schedule (subject to change)...

MON: 12:45 p.m.
TUE: 2:30 p.m.
WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

*All times Eastern. You can also listen to the station on 94.3 FM, 92.7 FM and online at Click here for past audio clips.

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