Nats Insider

From the clubhouse to the dugout, the Nats Insider podcast hosted by Nationals broadcaster Dan Kolko takes you behind the scenes of Washington Nationals baseball. Episodes feature exclusive interviews with Nats players, coaches, alumni and more. A Curly W Productions broadcast.

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8/29/16: MLB.com Extras | Bryce Harper
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper talks about his foundation "Harper's Heroes" and explains how he's using his platform to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
5 min
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8/26/16: MLB.com Extras | Blake Treinen
Nationals reliever Blake Treinen has become a very reliable asset for Dusty Baker during his 2016 campaign in Washington. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson takes some time to talk with the righty reliever about how he's been able to be so successful this season and how he's improved on facing lefties this year.
11 min
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8/23/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Beltway Series is underway, as the Nationals and Orioles do battle. However, Washington received some bad news about staff ace Stephen Strasburg before game one, who wound up needing to go on the DL. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss what's next for Strasburg as well as Bryce Harper's recent hot streak
8 min
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8/23/16: MLB.com Extras | Ben Revere
Although Ben Revere hasn't played as much as he'd hoped to this season, he's very grateful to Nationals manager Dusty Baker for not giving up on him just yet. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson sits down with the Nats' outfielder to talk about his season, as well as the incredible catch he made in front of his family in Atlanta
6 min
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8/22/16: MLB.com Extras | Frank Howard
It's a big week for Frank Howard as the Nationals pay tribute and put Howard in the Ring of Honor. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with "The Capital Punisher" to find out what this honor means and reflect on the seven impactful seasons he spent playing in Washington.
9 min
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8/15/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Despite a few hiccups along the way, the Nationals are playing cohesive baseball. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss the decision to release Jonathan Papelbon, update on both Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper's status and spotlight Anthony Rendon's tear on the basepaths.
11 min
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8/15/16: MLB.com Extras | Daniel Murphy
Daniel Murphy's transition to the Nationals has been seamless as he leads his team to another playoff run. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the second baseman to find out what's been clicking for him and what role his family has played in his success.
5 min
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8/10/16: MLB.com Extras | Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman's never lost his positive attitude despite making two trips to the disabled list this season. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the first baseman to hear how he's stayed strong mentally, leaned on his family for support and how the Nats never panic when the going gets tough.
10 min
309
8/9/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
How telling was the Nationals series against San Francisco? MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight the team's strong series, Mark Melancon's as advertised performance, and whether or not Max Scherzer could earn another Cy Young Award
10 min
310
8/8/16: MLB.com Extras | Mark Melancon
There's a new closer in town and the Nationals are one step closer to their playoff hopes. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with Mark Melancon to find out what it's like being traded to a first place team and how he'll contribute to an already solid club.
7 min
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8/4/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Could Mark Melancon be the missing piece to the Nationals' puzzle? MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson reflect on how this deal came to be a reality for the Nats, discuss whether or not Jonathan Papelbon and Melancon will jive well together and delve into how ready Washington will be to contend for a championship with so much star power.
10 min
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7/27/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Who are the Nationals willing to give up in order to improve their bullpen? MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss what it would take to get Andrew Miller, who else the Nats are looking for and why it's Trea Turner's time to shine.
9 min
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7/19/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nationals might just be a few key players away from being a solid contending team in October. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson tackle the Trade Deadline puzzle, why Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman appeal to the Nats and why it wasn't a big deal for Stephen Strasburg to ride the bench during the All-Star Game.
9 min
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7/11/16: MLB.com Extras | Trea Turner
Trea Turner is one of the top prospects in MLB, and is ranked number two overall in the Washington Nationals Pipeline. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson sits down with the future callup to discuss his 2016 campaign, as well as how this season compares to last season, how badly he wants to get to the MLB level and what he's worked on to improve his defense.
4 min
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7/11/16: MLB.com Extras | Chad Cordero
What was it like being one of the first members of the Washington Nationals to earn an All-Star nod. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the former Expos and Nationals closer Chad Cordero to hear some of his favorite memories and find out how much Frank Robinson influenced his career.
10 min
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7/6/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Lucas Giolito is still proving himself at the Major League level. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson figure out what his role is on the club, how Gio Gonzalez will get his groove back and what it will take to get Michael Taylor back up to the Nationals and hitting breaking balls.
10 min
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6/29/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Lucas Giolito made his highly anticipated debut on Tuesday night and didn't disappoint. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight Giolito's stuff against the Mets, explain what's going on with Stephen Strasburg's back, and what Bryce Harper thinks about his brother, Bryan, getting closer to making his MLB debut.
9 min
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6/28/16: MLB.com Extras | Bryce Harper
How close is Bryan Harper, Bryce's brother, to making his debut? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with Bryce to find out what it would be like to play with his brother, how much excitement surrounds Lucas Giolito's debut on Tuesday, and how Harper's feeling almost halfway through the season.
7 min
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6/27/16: MLB.com Extras | Stephen Drew
Stephen Drew's bat has become such a clutch part of the Nationals' offense off the bench this season. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the multi-talented Drew to find out what his secret to success has been this year.
6 min
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6/23/16: MLB.com Extras | Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos elevated his game working behind the plate and in front of it. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the catcher to find out who he learned to play the game from, how he's worked on going to the opposite field and his goals for the rest of the season.
7 min
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6/23/16: MLB.com Extras | Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark's first half performance has been nothing short of great. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the right-hander to find out how he bounced back from losing his job last season, what he attributes to his success and why Dusty Baker's been so good for the Nats.
6 min
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6/22/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
What would it take for the Nats to acquire Aroldis Chapman and how does that affect Jonathan Papelbon? MLB.com's Tim McMaster caught up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to explain what would happen if Chapman came to the Capitol, what Michael Taylor needs to adjust in order to be more successful at the Major League level and whether or not Daniel Murphy can earn an All-Star nod.
9 min
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6/14/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Jonathan Papelbon is headed to the disabled list with an intercostal strain. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss how Washington will adjust without their closer, breakdown Max Scherzer's brilliant performance against the Cubs and how Bryce Harper's adjusting to the Barry Bonds' treatment.
10 min
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6/7/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
After getting a tease of prized prospect Trea Turner this past week, the Nationals sent him back to the Minors to get a chance to play every day. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss when we might see Turner back with the big club. They also talk about Washington's success this season, even though their offense isn't clicking, and what they possibly have planned for the upcoming 2016 MLB Draft.
10 min
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6/1/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Daniel Murphy is clicking on all cylinders for the Nationals. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson put the second baseman's numbers on center stage, discuss when Bryce Harper is expected to return to the lineup and talk about how Joe Ross is holding his own in the rotation.
9 min
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5/24/16: MLB.com Extras | Max Scherzer
Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with Max Scherzer to find out why this season's been such a success so far, how he prepares to make a difference at the plate and how the University of Missouri made a difference in his baseball career.
5 min
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5/24/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson examine Espinosa's recent struggles, reflect on the electric series with the Mets, and how Bryce Harper's handling his business at the plate with a smaller pitch selection.
9 min
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5/20/16: MLB.com Extras | Sammy Solis
How has Nationals reliever Sammy Solis adjusted to life in the bullpen? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the left-hander to find out how he's doing in the backend of the rotation and what's been the best lesson he's learned so far this season?
4 min
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5/19/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez is becoming the starting pitcher the Nationals know him to be. The left-hander chats with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to explain how he's improved his physical and mental game this season, how Jonathan Papelbon's been an influential voice in his game, and how he'll continue to produce quality outings for the Nats.
8 min
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5/18/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nationals aren't taking the series against the Mets lightly. MLB.com's Tim McMaster caught up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to preview the ongoing series, how Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon are trying to get out of their slumps and whether or not Bryce Harper should steal more bases after walking to get on.
9 min
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5/12/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Mad Max did it again. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson reflect on his historic 20-strikeout night, explain why the Nationals are investing in Stephen Strasburg and his elbow, and Bryce Harper's temper and suspension.
10 min
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5/11/16: MLB.com Extras | Stephen Strasburg
After re-signing with the Nationals, Stephen Strasburg speaks with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to explain his decision to stay in D.C., how much Tony Gwynn influenced the right-hander's loyalty to the Nationals and what he thinks about contending for the NL Cy Young Award.
7 min
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5/4/16: MLB.com Extras | Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper spent time at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum recently and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with the reigning MVP to hear how he's found a passion for the history of baseball, what has worked so well for him in April and whether or not Harper realizes the scope of his presence in the game.
6 min
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5/3/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper's knowledge extends far beyond the baseball field. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight Harper's experience going to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and hear from the Nationals outfielder himself about his affinity for history, why the team needs a more consistent leadoff hitter and how the rotation has vastly improved from 2015.
14 min
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4/26/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez is on the right track. MLB.com's Matthew Leach caught up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to spotlight Gio's recent outings, how the bullpen's much improved from last season, and how Wilson Ramos is seeing the ball better thanks to lasik eye surgery.
11 min
336
4/19/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Gio Gonzalez rediscovered the strike zone. MLB.com's Tim McMaster catches up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to spotlight Gonzalez's recent outing, explain how the team can improve their offense by capitalizing on other team's mistakes and debate whether or not to worry about 35-year-old closer Jonathan Papelbon. Plus, Ladson caught up with Joe Ross to learn how his season is going so far and what lessons he's applying from last season to this one.
11 min
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4/12/16: MLB.com Extras | Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman is back to looking like his old self. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson catches up with the first basemen to learn about the baseball field named after him and how it felt to be honored in the D.C. community, plus how his foot is healing and what the future holds for the Nationals.
7 min
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4/12/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Daniel Murphy and his bat are fitting in nicely in D.C.. MLB.com's Tim McMaster chats with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to spotlight Murphy's Opening Week, check in about Jayson Werth's early struggles and discuss whether or not there's reason to be concerned about Gio Gonzalez.
10 min
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4/6/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
An apple a day is supposed to keep the doctor away. MLB.com's Tim McMaster and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson break down a few keys to success for the Nationals, like keeping the team healthy and a consistent bullpen.
8 min
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3/29/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Can Bryce Harper win the NL MVP for a second year in a row? MLB.com's Tim McMaster finds out why Nationals reporter Bill Ladson thinks Harper has a shot with a better roster around him, why the Nationals want Trea Turner to be seen and heard on the field, and who's looking to make a bold statement in 2016.
5 min
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3/23/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
How relieved is Bryce Harper after hitting his first home run in spring? MLB.com's Matt Waymire caught up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to find out why Harper wasn't worried, update Bronson Arroyo's health status and why Michael Taylor looks new and improved this spring.
11 min
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3/18/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Nationals pitcher Bronson Arroyo's future in baseball is up in the air. MLB.com's Bill Ladson caught up with Arroyo to find out what happened after his latest MRI and what he'll do if he's unable to pitch for a career anymore.
6 min
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3/16/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Is Ryan Zimmerman's left foot healed? Should there be concern over Gio Gonzalez's walk rate? MLB.com's Tim McMaster caught up with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to hear how injuries are healing in Nats camp, whether or not Trea Turner could get bumped up on the depth chart, and what Ladson will remember about Adam LaRoche and his time in Washington.
12 min
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3/14/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
How does the reigning MVP avoid complacency? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with Bryce Harper to find out how he's always aiming for better, why the game's history is so important to the 23-year-old and how he's speaking up for the future of the game.
7 min
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3/8/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
How will Dusty Baker be the difference-maker for the Nats? MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight Baker's return to the manager's role, what it was like having Joe Namath in camp and how Baker will embrace a new wave of analytics.
6 min
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3/3/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Ben Revere is ready to take charge for Washington. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson caught up with outfielder to find out how he's adjusting to a new camp, new manager and what he's most looking forward to with the Nats.
6 min
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2/24/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
After falling short in 2015, the Nats are poised for a big year. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson catches up with Clint Robinson to learn how he stays so focused and effective coming off the bench and finds out what Shawn Kelley is looking forward to most in his first season with the club.
7 min
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2/16/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa and Stephen Drew will battle it out in camp for the starting second basemen job. MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss who has a better shot at winning the job and what camp will be like with new manager Dusty Baker.
7 min
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2/10/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nats fulfilled its need for more lefties in the lineup but what about bullpen help? MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson take a look at the where the Nats stand heading into Spring Training and how successful their offseason turned out.
6 min
350
2/2/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Can Brendan Ryan improve the Nats infield defense? MLB.com's Alyson Footer checks in with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to spotlight Ryan's move to Washington and make a few predictions for the Nationals 2016 roster.
6 min
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1/26/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Could social media play a role in Tim Raines' Hall of Fame induction? MLB.com's Alyson Footer checks in with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to discuss Raines' run to Cooperstown and spotlight upcoming prospects.
10 min
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1/21/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Could Yoenis Cespedes find a new home in Washington, D.C.? MLB.com's Alyson Footer checks in with Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to find out how realistic this deal is becoming and how newcomers Clint Robinson and Ben Revere can contribute in 2016.
10 min
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1/12/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Will there be a better one-two punch than Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg this season? MLB.com's Matt Waymire challenges Nationals reporter Bill Ladson to make a few bold predictions for 2016 and you won't want to miss his answers.
8 min
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1/7/16: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nationals signed a new second baseman. MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight Daniel Murphy's move to the capital and where key players like Stephen Drew and Drew Storen fit into the Nats' plans.
9 min
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12/21/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Who else could the Nats pick up for their 2016 starting rotation? MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson explore options and discuss why Stephen Strasburg is poised for a comeback.
4 min
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12/18/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Is Brandon Phillips headed to the Nationals? MLB.com's Alyson Footer and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson explore what it would take to get Phillips in D.C., and what the Nats plan on doing with Jonathan Papelbon and Drew Storen
6 min
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12/7/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Can the Nationals put all the pieces of their puzzle together in time to be successful in 2016? MLB.com's Dave Raymond and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson are live in Nashville for the Winter Meetings to sift through how Washington can improve their bullpen, whether or not Drew Storen and Jonathan Papelbon will be traded away, and why Dusty Baker is so confident about this club.
9 min
358
12/2/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nationals are making a comeback. MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson discuss the need for more middle relief, stronger bullpen and whether or not they'll re-sign Denard Span.
9 min
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11/20/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Why is Dusty Baker such a good fit in Washington? MLB.com's Matthew Leach and Nationals reporter Bill Ladson spotlight Baker's ability to connect with players and whether or not Drew Storen will be in a Nats uniform in 2016.
9 min
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11/6/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Drew Ward and Chris Bostick, a pair of top prospects in the Nationals organization, join MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo at the Arizona Fall League.
6 min
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10/29/15: MLB.com Extras | Nationals in the AFL
The Nationals are looking forward to getting back to business in 2016. MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis break down Drew Ward and Spencer Kieboom, two top prospects looking to make a major splash in the Arizona Fall League and impress the Nats.
3 min
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10/20/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
As the countdown to the 2016 season begins, we take a look back at the biggest moments from the Washington Nationals' 2015 season. Listen in as we relive Max Scherzer's two no-hitters, Bryce Harper's monster home runs and much more.
7 min
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9/30/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
What was the biggest factor that contributed to the Nationals' downfall? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to reflect on the bullpen's struggles all season long and look ahead to Washington's priorities in the offseason.
10 min
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9/24/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
The Nats' biggest downfall has been their inability to compete with top teams. Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to reflect on how Washington ended up where they are this season and he lists the areas of their game they can improve on during the offseason.
11 min
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9/17/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Is Stephen Strasburg finally fully healthy? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to describe how the right-hander is at optimal health and how Jayson Werth's word means everything to this squad.
11 min
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9/10/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Why is Drew Storen unraveling? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to explain how the addition of Jonathan Papelbon could have affected Storen's mentality as well as how much faith the club has in manager Matt Williams.
12 min
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9/1/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Is Matt Williams under pressure? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to try to pinpoint why the starting rotation is underperforming and whether or not Matt Williams needs to manage with more urgency.
9 min
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8/27/15: MLB.com Extras | Washington Nationals
Did Stephen Strasburg finally get his groove back? Nationals reporter Bill Ladson joins MLB.com's Matthew Leach to explain Strasburg's turnaround while the rest of the starting rotation struggles as the season winds down, plus the guys try to dissect why Trea Turner was called up so early.
10 min