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Chatter Archive: January 2009


  • Zimmerman, Dibble on MASN tonight

    Just passing along a programming update: Both Ryan Zimmerman and new TV color man Rob Dibble will be guests on MASN's "The Hot Stove Show" tonight from 7-8 p.m. Published January 30 2009

  • Sutton leaves MASN, Dibble hired as replacement

    Just received from the folks at MASN: Don Sutton has asked out of his contract for "personal reasons," presumably to go back to broadcasting for the Braves, and Rob Dibble has been hired as the new color commentator on Nationals TV broadcasts. Published January 27 2009

  • Report from NatsFest

    The Nationals' first-ever fan fest, dubbed "NatsFest", has wrapped up and I think it's safe to say it was a pretty big success. Published January 25 2009

  • NatsFest schedule and season-ticket news

    It's time for the first fan fest event in Nationals history. Plus, season-ticket holders can now spread out their payments over six months. Published January 24 2009

  • Dukes makes payment, avoids jail

    Nationals outfielder Elijah Dukes avoided jail time today by paying more than $40,000 in overdue child support and alimony to his estranged wife, just minutes before the 5 p.m. deadline imposed by a Tampa judge last week. Published January 23 2009

  • Minor-league coaching staffs finalized

    Jeff Garber takes over as manager at short-season Class A Vermont, while Bobby Henley returns for another season as manager of the Nats' Gulf Coast League rookie team. Published January 22 2009

  • Sutton Back to Atlanta?

    The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves are seeking to bring back Don Sutton to the broadcast booth. Published January 21 2009

  • Nats single-game ticket prices announced

    The Nationals have announced single-game ticket prices for 2009. They'll go on sale in early March. You'll notice that many seats have dropped in price (mostly in the outfield lower-deck sections that were frequently empty last season) but that the most expensive seats (including the frequently empty Presidents and Diamond clubs) remain the same. Published January 21 2009

  • Nats exchange arbitration figures with 4 players

    Unable to come to terms on one-year contracts before today's deadline, the Nationals formally exchanged arbitration figures with four players: Ryan Zimmerman, Scott Olsen, Josh Willingham and Shawn Hill. Published January 20 2009

  • 7 Nats in the WBC

    Provisional rosters for the 2009 World Baseball Classic were announced this afternoon, rosters that include seven members of the Nationals organization. Published January 19 2009

  • Spring training roster set

    The Nationals have invited 63 players to big-league spring training camp. Many of them are familiar names, some of them are new. Published January 15 2009

  • Court orders Dukes to pay child support

    Elijah Dukes is in contempt of Hillsborough County Court for failure to pay more than $40,000 in child support and alimony he owes his estranged wife, NiShea Gilbert. If the Nationals outfielder doesn't pay by 5 p.m. next Friday, he faces a minimum of 90 days in jail. Published January 14 2009

  • Sad story on Nats prospect

    Just wanted to pass along this story on Sean Rooney, who was a catcher at Class A Hagerstown last year. Rooney's father, Bill, and brother, Patrick, died in a plane crash outside Steamboat Springs, Colo. on Sunday. Published January 14 2009

  • Rickey, Rice elected to Hall

    The Baseball Hall of Fame election was just announced, and there will be two inductees in 2009: Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice. Published January 12 2009

  • Nats To Air on DC50

    The Nationals and MASN have a struck a new deal that puts 20 games on WDCW DC50 as well as on the MASN cable network. Published January 12 2009

  • Thoughts on John Patterson

    Former Nationals pitcher John Patterson, his career ravaged by arm injuries, has decided to retire rather than attempt another comeback. It's a sad ending to what should have been a promising career, but it's not all that surprising for anyone who followed the right-hander over the years. Published January 8 2009

  • Examining the top 10 prospects

    Jordan Zimmermann is now considered the Nats' top prospect, ahead of Ross Detwiler and Chris Marrero. Published January 7 2009

  • Unveiling the Nationals' Top 10 prospects

    Here's a quick rundown of the newest rankings of the Washington Nationals' Top 10 prospects: Published January 6 2009