Dan Kolko talks Washington Nationals - on the field, off the field, and everywhere in between.
2.10 Hot Stove and Harper Sweepstakes
With the offseason getting into full swing, Dan and John are back to get the Hot Stove all heated up, recap the postseason, and discuss how the Nationals might address their roster this winter.
LEADING OFF (10:15)
Only a week or so into the offseason, the Nats have already made two key additions to bolster their bullpen. The boys discuss the Trevor Rosenthal and Kyle Barraclough additions and how they could end up being big pick-ups. Then, there’s the Bryce Harper situation. With the Nats having already made Harper a monster offer, Dan and John give their thoughts on how Bryce’s free agency might play out, and how the Nats can’t allow negotiations with No. 34 to drag on too long.
WHAT’S ON TAP (24:40)
Beyond the Harper situation, the Nats have quite a few of areas of need this winter, from a starting pitcher (or two?), to a catcher (or two?), to second base. What are their priorities? Who are some free agents they might target? Dan also lays out why the trade market could be an important resource this offseason, as well.
2.9 A Sit-down with Bryce
LEADING OFF (2:25)
Dan and John are back as the 2018 regular season enters its final days, ready to recap the last six months in a big-picture sense. With the Nats now mathematically eliminated from postseason contention, the boys share their thoughts on why things never materialized this year the way everyone expected, and why the window is not closed for future seasons.
INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE (11:57)
Dan sits down with Bryce Harper for a lengthy chat, covering everything from the day he was drafted by the Nationals to his thoughts entering free agency. A reflective, open, admittedly emotional Bryce discusses how he's a different person and player now than he was when he joined the organization, his love for D.C., and how he's mentally approaching what could be a life-changing offseason. The interview, in full, covers the three-part series aired on MASN.
AROUND THE LEAGUE (36:25)
With the playoff picture getting pretty clear, Dan and John discuss some interesting October possibilities, and what teams they'll be rooting for with the Nats not in the mix.
ON DECK (42:20)
Two games remain on the home schedule, and Dan says he's excited to see how Nats fans show Harper how they feel in what could be his final games at Nats Park as a member of the home team. John, meanwhile, digs deep to find some statistics showing just how historically dominant Max Scherzer has been as a National, as the Nats ace makes a bid for 300 strikeouts this season
2.8 The Dog Days, Fan Questions & Frank
LEADING OFF (2:35)
- Back for the first time in a while, Dan and John have a bunch to catch up on pertaining to the Nationals. The dog days of Summer are in full swing and the Nats are fighting for their lives in the 2018 season. Trying to identify the one main reason the Nats are where they are, Dan looks at the individual inconsistencies this year from the Nats. John talks big picture and notes that when the Nats pitched well they didn’t hit and when they hit well the pitching just wasn’t there.
- Dan also looks back at the somewhat surprising trades made by the Nats in July and August. The guys remember the work as a whole from Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams during their time in a Nationals uniform.
FAN QUESTIONS (25:55)
- The mailbox is open and the guys take a bevy of questions from fans. Topics include whether or not trade season is over, Juan Soto’s ceiling in 2019, what Dan does with his Gatorade-soaked suits and of course, Frank the Ice Cream scooper in Philadelphia.
ON DECK – (45:55)
- With less than 30 games remaining in the season, Dan and John talk about what to watch for down the stretch. Dan focuses on the type of baseball that the Nats will play and how that could directly impact the team heading into 2019. John talks about the September call ups that are right around the corner and some exciting players we might see in the season’s final month.
2.7 The Comeback and The Beard
LEADING OFF - (2:00)
- One day after the biggest single-game comeback in Nats history, Dan and John have a lot to talk about. How important was the comeback on July 5th? How important could it become? The guys look at every angle.
INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE - (24:30)
- Dan sits down with the one and only Jayson Werth. A week into retirement, Jayson reflects on his career, his time with the Nats, and discusses what might be next for the D.C. fan favorite.
ON DECK – (48:50)
- With only 10 games remaining until the All-Star break, a couple of storylines jump out to Dan and John. The Nationals’ starting rotation has struggled as of late. John discusses whether it will continue or if the starters will turn it around before the break. Dan eyes two of the biggest left-handed bats in the Nats lineup, Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy. Will they be the Murphy and Harper that Nats fans have become accustomed to in years past? Dan breaks it down.
2.6 The Cup, The Slump & The Open
LEADING OFF (3:45)
- Recording from the comforts of Dan's living room, the boys have lots to discuss in their first episode back in a while, starting with Bryce Harper and how he has handled his recent struggles. Dan and John get into Bryce's work with the coaching staff, and how he has comported himself on the field and in the clubhouse during this stretch. And of course, Juan Soto's ridiculous start to his big league career is discussed, as well.
INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE (20:00)
- The Nationals made an early splash on the trade market, making a deal for Royals closer Kelvin Herrera in exchange for three minor leaguers. General manager Mike Rizzo discusses how the deal came together and why now was the right time to make the move. Dan and John then break down how this trade most benefits the club and what it could mean for possible future deals.
STORIES FROM THE ROAD (28:25)
- An off-day in New York last week allowed Dan and John to spend a day at the links at Shinnecock Hills for a US Open practice round. The boys discuss their fun afternoon, but why three of the best golfers in the world might not ever want to see the MASN crew again.
ON DECK – (36:00)
- Dan looks ahead to how Davey Martinez might handle his current outfield rotation, with four guys worthy of significant playing time. John wonders what the next few weeks might hold for Erick Fedde and whether he can establish himself in the Nats' rotation with a couple starters currently dealing with injuries.
2.5 Soto-rama, Sneezes & The Injury Bug
LEADING OFF (4:35)
- The rain is gone and “Between Innings” is back. Dan dives into the injury bug that continues to bite the Nats; losing two more key players this past weekend. John takes a bigger-picture look at how the momentum might not be all lost and the team is still on the right track.
INSIDE THE CLUBHOUSE (21:35)
- Following the news surrounding the Juan Soto promotion to the Nationals on Sunday, Mike Rizzo met with reporters at Nationals Park. After hearing all Rizzo had to say about the young left-handed power hitter, the guys discuss the importance and impact of the promotion and role Soto could have.
RANT OF THE DAY – KINDA (34:45)
- There are so many questions and rules surrounding saying “Bless You” after someone sneezes and Dan needs some help. Are there inappropriate times to bless someone? How many times is too many? Can you over-bless? John and Claude try to give Dan some help.
ON DECK – (45:20)
- With the injuries piling up, Dan discusses the importance of the everyday starters carrying the weight until the cavalry returns. John talks about how good and heavily-used the Nats’ starters have been. How much usage is too much? The guys debate.
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Catching up on older episodes tonight and just listened to mid-April episode. Almost every situation has totally flipped in two months. Wanted to cry several times. Always a pleasure to listen to...
Love the insights - hope next season will be even longer, as the nats extend their post season into the second round, at least!