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Chatter Archive: September 2008


  • Coaches' reaction, season wrap-up

    It was a bit of a jailbreak in the Nats' clubhouse following the game, with guys rushing to catch flights. Not every player was even aware of the coaching changes, a bit of a surprise. Published September 28 2008

  • Changes are coming

    There are two innings to go in the 2008 season, and not a moment too soon for a Nats team that can't wait to put this behind them and move on. Published September 28 2008

  • Phillies clinch, Nats fight for No. 1

    Well, the Phillies clinched the NL East today, though not without a spirited fight from the Nationals, who nearly became the first team to beat Brad Lidge this season. Published September 27 2008

  • What's at stake today

    Plenty on the line today around baseball. Not necessarily for the Nats, but they will have a front-row seat again to all the action. Published September 27 2008

  • Haven't we been here before?

    It's the final weekend in September. The Phillies and Mets are fighting for the NL East title. And the Nats are right in the thick of the race. Why does this feel familiar? Published September 26 2008

  • Game cancelled

    Tonight's home finale against the Marlins has just been officially cancelled. Obviously it won't be made up. Here's the policy for redeeming them for tickets in 2009: Published September 25 2008

  • Will they play?

    It's Fan Appreciation Night here at Nationals Park. Or at least, it's supposed to be. As you're probably aware, it's been raining for a while and there's no sign of it stopping anytime soon. Published September 25 2008

  • Live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    Please join me today at 1 p.m. for our weekly Nationals live chat. I suspect there is plenty you want to discuss as the season wraps up. Send your questions in now, then check back at 1 p.m. for the answers. Published September 24 2008

  • Lineups

    Here are the lineups for the first game of the Nationals' three-game series against the Marlins. One note: Cristian Guzman was scratched after he came to the ballpark with the flu. Published September 23 2008

  • Davis, Zimmermann honored

    The Nationals have named their Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year: Leonard Davis and Jordan Zimmermann, respectively. Published September 23 2008

  • Dissension within

    If you haven't read it already, you'll want to take a look at the article Tim Lemke and I wrote for today's paper. Published September 23 2008

  • Hangin' in Syracuse

    Mark Lerner, Stan Kasten and Jim Bowden all flew up to Syracuse this morning and met with officials from the Class AAA Chiefs, a meeting that by all accounts is likely to result in a two-year affiliate agreement between the two organizations. Published September 18 2008

  • Where RBI go to die

    The Nats are in danger of finishing the season with the lowest team RBI leader in baseball in the last two decades. Published September 18 2008

  • Four Nats officially done for season

    This won't come as a huge surprise, but the Nats have made it official that Jesus Flores, Ronnie Belliard, Austin Kearns and Dmitri Young are being shut down and will not attempt to come back by the end of the season. Published September 17 2008

  • Nats Biz Odds and Ends

    I talked with Nationals President Stan Kasten for a few minutes before last night's game. We covered a number of topics, and here are a couple noteworthy things that came out of the conversation: Published September 17 2008

  • 2009 schedule out

    MLB just released the tentative 2009 schedule for all 30 teams. Here are the highlights for the Nationals: Published September 17 2008

  • Live chat today -- 1 p.m.

    A friendly reminder that I'll be online at 1 p.m. today to discuss the red-hot Nationals, who are treating the Mets like it's 2007 all over again. You can access the chat at Published September 17 2008

  • Some insight on Lannan

    One week, John Lannan gets knocked out of a game against the Mets after three innings. The next, he gives up one hit in seven innings. What's the difference? A gutsy call Lannan and Wil Nieves made before the game. Published September 15 2008

  • 5th inning update

    It's the bottom of the fifth here at Nationals Park, and lo and behold, the home team is beating the Mets 2-1. Published September 15 2008

  • Not for the faint of heart

    The Nats just lost 8-7 to the Marlins in a game they led 6-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Seriously. Published September 14 2008