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Nats fan Charley Casserly goes off on stupid 2012 MLB playoff format, plus Beltway Baseball

Who knew that former Washington Redskins GM and CSN Washington commentator Charley Casserly is a Washington Nationals season ticket-holder? He’s right about the playoff schedule being stupid.

Also, check out Beltway Baseball with Mark Zuckerman, Chase Hughes and Amanda Comak:

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Is the Nats apparent rise an accident? Who cares!

THOMAS BOSWELL: Nationals have built a foundation based on smart decisions — and good luckThe Post
How the Washington Nationals got to be on the brink of contention (on paper) after many years of being bad, according to their biggest fanboy columnist…

In three years, the Nats have seen stunned by the sudden resignations of their general manager, team president and manager. All three times, the Nats ended up stronger, but in ways that were totally unplanned and unexpected…

In three straight amateur drafts, they had stunning good fortune. When they tried to be lousy to get the No. 1 overall pick (’07), they were half-decent. When they wanted to improve (’08 and ’09), they were awful. The net result: They accidentally avoided players who might’ve been busts and instead ended up with Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.

Yay luck. Maybe — let’s see if they win first.

What to do about John Lannan (CSN Washington)? Poor guy had to pitch out of position in the rotation and kept his head above water and his ERA below 4 for the most part. It is a shame he’ll probably be sent somewhere to do more of the same for a bad team. I’m not ready to give up on him yet — I’m not sold on everybody staying healthy in the rotation (especially Chein Ming Wang) and Strasburg has an innings limit. GM Mike Rizzo says they are not shopping him.

Too much pitching is a great problem to have, but has a way of being short-lived.

Danny Espinosa thinks he was thinking too much and working too hard as a rookie last season. Great first half, terrible second half.

Closer Drew Storen likes Batman, does Bikram Yoga and drives a fast black car SB Nation.

@ouij put it well MT This is just not fair. When little kids dream, it looks like @DrewStoren’s life

Beltway Baseball featuring beat writers Mark Zuckerman (from Bethesda and not Viera?) and Amanda Comak from Viera:

Oh look, Bryce Harper is profiled in GQ with a baseball in his mouth! That picture won’t be regretted EVER. Still, a pretty flattering article.

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Nats all-time stats will blow your mind (not in a good way for the most part)

The Nats’ (updated) all-time stat leadersNats Insider
Going all the way back to 2005, Mark Zuckerman compiled the Washington Nationals all-time statistical leaders. He provided this warning:

WARNING: Reading these lists will elicit a wide range of emotions, from smiles to frowns to laughter to tears to sheer dumbfoundedness (and yes, I know that’s not a real word, but trust me, it will apply to a few of these names)…

To qualify, a player needed at least a full season with the team.

  • Perennially injured Nick Johnson has the third most games
  • Michael Morse is already 3rd on the home run list
  • Ryan Zimmerman has 283 more RBI than the next closest Nat — Johnson
  • Zimmerman has 366 more hits than the next closest — Cristian Guzmán
  • Dmitri Young is the only player with a batting average over .300. Morse is in second place with .295.
  • Reliever Tyler Clippard has the 3rd most wins with 19
  • Livan Hernandez and John Lannan are the only pitchers with more than 100 starts with 129 and 128, respectively
  • Nyjer Morgan is the leader in stolen bases.
  • Errors committed was not included
  • Neither were managerial wins/winning percentage

The Nats really have been as awful as people said. Thanks to Zuckerman for compiling this it had to have been depressing.

I’d love to see the all-time D.C. stats with both incarnations of the Senators included as well.

UPDATE: Here they are from the blog D.C. Baseball History – D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today Hitting | Pitching. Not a lot of modern Nats on those lists yet. Chad Cordero is the all-time saves leader though. It is safe to say most of the pitching records will never be broken.

Pitchers and catchers report one month from today.

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Video: Baseball Tonight visits Nats spring training; Zuckerman on Beltway Baseball

ESPN’s Baseball Tonight visited the Washington Nationals at spring training in Viera. Tim Kurkjian and John Kruk talk to Jayson Werth and Stephen Strasburg and preview the 2011 season.

Earlier in the day, Mark Zuckerman sat in for another session of Beltway Baseball on CSN:

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Welcome back, Washington Times sports

It wasn’t that long ago that Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington and natsinsider.com, reported on what became of his former colleagues from the defunct sports section of The Wash. Times. That section, the only part of that newspaper that I ever read with regularity, was shuttered January 1, 2010 for some reason that never made sense to me. Sports was an area where The Wash. Times could really go head-to-head with The Post and other outlets and it did.

Now, sports is back at The Wash. Times, undoing a stupid and shortsighted decision. The editor is somebody well-known to those of us in the Natmosphere, Mike Harris. The former Times-Dispatch editor had blogged at NationalsFanboyLooser for a few years. Most recently, he was editor at Fanhouse, a site that AOL just pulled the plugged on.

Amanda Comak (@acomak) will be on the Washington Nationals beat. She was at the Cape Cod Times previously and has already penned a farewell there. Dan Daly, a columnist, is already at spring training and I’ve already addressed his Ian Desmond column.

I will have more to say about the Nats beat in the coming days or weeks. Overall, in an odd way, I think this death and resurrection of The Wash. Times sports section will ultimately be good news for DC sports fans since so many of the former staff have moved on to media outlets that increased their coverage, like CSN Washington. That doesn’t excuse the fact that a lot of people went/are going through some tough times through no fault of their own.

PREVIOUSLY: Will the Wash. Times void be filled? Maybe

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Lots of winners in CSN Washington decision to hire Nats beat writer Mark Zuckerman

Mark Zuckerman, who has been on the Washington Nationals beat since their inception, has been hired by Comcast SportsNet Washington to cover the team. His new full-time position comes after nearly year of covering D.C.’s baseball team on his own Web site, natsinsider.com and on a freelance basis for CSN’s Web site, CSNWashington.com.

Zuckerman had been at The Wash. Times for nearly a decade before the newspaper decided to close its sports section at the end of 2009. Joining Zuckerman at CSN will be Rich Talender of RealReskins under a similar arrangement. Here is the CSN press release.

Zuckerman’s successful transition from newspaper reporter, to independent blogger/entrepreneur to cable sports network Web site writer has several winners:

Zuckerman – He gets a “real job” with benefits and the security as well as exposure. His experiment to go off on his own has been quite successful as he was able to continue covering the team and build an audience that was attractive to an established local media outlet. As part of his deal with CSN, they will buy natsinsider.com which he will continue to run. Where content appears — under the CSN Nats beat flag or natsinsider.com has yet to be determined.

Journalism – Zuckerman showed that is possible for a determined journalist who knows his audience to succeed without having the backing of a major media organization. Zuckerman was able to generate revenue and “subscribers” because people cared enough about what he did. Those subscribers were given extra content and information. Zuckerman also ran advertising on his a site. While this is not a blueprint for every journalist who has been downsized, it shows that for certain audiences it is possible.

Nats fans – By supporting Zuckerman over the last year, they showed that there is a market for coverage of a franchise that has struggled for mainstream coverage for a variety of reasons. Covering the Nats is not economically viable, but necessary in the D.C. media marketplace.

In addition to the winners listed above, CSN has made a big decision to cover the Nats. The channel will never get to even bid on airing the Nats games because as part of his “compensation” for “allowing” Washington to get a team, Peter Angelos got the Nats TV rights for some reason. Basically, Angelos is a big coward who feared regional competition and MLB commissioner Bud Selig is an even bigger coward who caved into the ludicrous demands of Angelos. For CSN to put that aside and decided to cover a team on a rival channel shows that they see the necessity of covering every local team, regardless of who broadcasts them, is promising. CSN has some challenges ahead of it with Ted Leonsis openly discussing forming his own channel for broadcasting his teams games, so moving in the direction of a sports news outlet is a smart business decision.

Another aspect of this is whether the Nats have followed this situation at all. If they have, they ought to be really pleased that the fanbase cares enough to have supported Zuckerman’s experiment. Given overall tone deafness about…well, everything (see no winter caravan/convention) , I don’t know if they will comprehend that this is a promising development.

Yesterday, I contacted Zuckerman because I had not seen if he would be traveling with the Nats on the road. In his email reply, he indicated that he expected to attend as many road, about 60, as he had with natsinsider.com. Call it a hunch, but that post-All Star break trip to Atlanta and Houston just might not make it on the itinerary. DCRTV also indicates that Zuckerman will help out with CSN’s Washington Capitals coverage.

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Will the Wash. Times void be filled? Maybe

The apparent demise of The Wash. Times as we know it means a lot of quality writers and editors section will soon be out of work. That is a shame of course, but hopefully some recent and upcoming developments in D.C. media will lead to new employment for the doomed.

The first thing that comes to mind is the open position on The Post‘s Nationals beat. Mark Zuckerman and Ben Goessling have both been solid reporters on Nats beat — on a day-to-day basis, they were better than outgoing Chico Harlan, who was often trying to hard too be snarky and did not like his job. That showed in Chico’s lack of reporting what was actually going on. Zuckerman and Goessling are reporters first, but good writers too.

Secondly, Allbritton Communications Co. wants to start a local news Web site “that can become for local news what POLITICO’s become for political junkies.” Obviously, that could be of interest for local reporters and columnists as well as folks from sports. I think if they want to really go for broke, they ought to do it with sports.

Another possible winner of this decision — CSNWashington.com, Comcast SportsNet’s local site. If they want to make a run about being a big deal, they have one less competitor and can probably find a few writers and columnists who want to be a part of it.

Also, will ESPN go and create espnDC.com like they have with Chicago, Boston and Dallas?

Lastly, there is The Washington Examiner, a “pioneer” in the “let’s give it away free to some people, but not others” circulation model. I think of they are unlikely to make much of a move to capitalize on their rival’s downfall. Their business model is bare-bones and heavily reliant on bloggers who get paid by the pageview, so I don’t expect to see any familiar bylines moving over that daily. The same probably goes for NBCWahington.

I am hopeful that some of these established and emerging outlets will be able to snap up a number of the writers and editors from The Wash. Times and keep their voices out there. Hang in there folks! We value what your body of work and hope that other local media sees that and hires you. Now get your resumes out there!

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Nats chats 09.24.2008

Nationals Chat 09-24-08The Wash. Times
“This chat will begin at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2008.

Mark Zuckerman, the Times’ Nationals beat writer, will be online at 1 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the state of the franchise as it wraps up the 2008 season. Submit your questions in advance.”

Washington NationalsThe Post
“Washington Post Nationals beat writer Chico Harlan will be online Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. ET to take your questions and comments about the Washington Nationals.”

Really, a Nationals chat? Based on the front page of the sports section, I would have expected either a Cubs or Rays chat today. The home team won last night, by the way.

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