About The Nats Blog

The Nats Blog is a baseball site dedicated to bringing you the best coverage of Washington Nationals baseball possible. Primarily focusing on the Nationals, The Nats Blog will be right there with you throughout the season, through its ups and downs, explaining its inside and outs. Along the way we will bring you weekly updates on our minor league farm teams as well as stories from around Major League Baseball. The Nats Blog is a blog for people who believe being a Nationals fan today means being there for the start of something special. The Nats Blog looks at baseball from an organizational and sabermetric view and always tries to bring Nats fans the best and brightest content possible.

The Nats Blog content to this date has been featured on:

  

 

CBS Sportsline (front page!), ESPN’s Sweet Spot Network, Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, Mister Irrelevant, Metsblog.com, USA Today, SNY.tv, Yardbarker (front page!), Ball Hype (front page!), Mets Merized Online, Baseball Reflections,  Detroit4lyfe, Where Have You Gone Andy Van Slyke, McCovey Chronicles, Retro Sports Talk,  Gaslamp Ball, Red Reporter, AZ Snakepit, Real Fake Sports, Blue Workhorse, The Baseball Opinion, and many manny more sites.

Staff:

Founder – William Yoder (will at thenatsblog dot com)

Editor-in-Chief; Co-Host of Nats Talk On The Go - Joe Drugan (joe at thenatsblog dot com)

Managing Editor – Erin Flynn (erin at thenatsblog dot com)

Writer – Andrew Flax

Writer, The Federal Reserve - Zach Spedden

Writer – Paul St. Jean

Co-Host of Nats Talk On The Go - Craig MacHenry

Founder – William Yoder

yoderBorn and raised in the Washington D.C. area I always felt slighted not having a team to call my own. At the early age of 11 I accompanied my parents to Virginian’s for Baseball meetings to try help lobby to get a team in Northern Virginia. I like to think that being a cute faced kid, I at least helped the grassroots organization succeed in the ultimate cause, to get a Major League Baseball team to the area. In 2005 we were all rewarded with the Washington Nationals.

After high school graduation, I left D.C. to attend Ohio Wesleyan University to study journalism. It was a rewarding four years. During my summers I would grab friends and drive 10 minutes to friendly RFK to watch the Nats, back in the day of discounted $4 college tickets. 

I graduated in the spring of 2009 and am currently working as the Lead Product Manager for Octagon Digital. The views expressed on this site are solely my own.

I can be contacted at Will [at] thenatsblog [dot] com.

Thank you for stopping by The Nats Blog.

Editor-in-Chief – Joe Drugan – @TheNatsBlogJoe

druganI started blogging about the Nationals in 2010 on a blog I created called Capitol Baseball.  After almost two years of writing there, Will approached me to take over as the Managing Editor of The Nats Blog toward the end of 2011, and I’ve been here ever since. It’s been exciting to help grow this site over the last several years, and I look forward to continuing to do so for years to come.

I’m also a co-host on the Nats Talk On The Go podcast that I record with Craig MacHenry. I’ve been a guests on several radio shows and podcasts over the years, including Backfield Radio on Eyes Radio Network, The Brian Barrett Show on The Zone 99.5 in Harrisonburg, the Mostly Mets podcast with SNY, Baseball Ph.D, and Mets Musings.

If you’d like to contact me to appear as a guest, or if you’d just like to talk baseball, please feel free to reach out to me at Joe [at] thenatsblog [dot] com.

Managing Editor – Erin Flynn – @TheNatsBlogErin

I grew up in a small, rural town about an hour outside of D.C., and sports were never a big part of my family life. My dad had always been a casual fan of Washington teams, so I tried being a Redskins fan for a season, but I never really caught on to the whole football thing.

A few years later in 2011, I was introduced to the Washington Nationals (and baseball in general, really), and I was immediately hooked. Although I can’t claim to be a day-one fan who suffered the hardships of RFK, I have “grown up” as a baseball fan and writer through my dedication to the Nationals.

At the beginning of the 2012 season I connected with The Nats Blog on Twitter, when Will and Joe decided to take a chance on the college freshman who definitely didn’t know what FIP or ERA+ meant. Since then, I’ve learned a lot from contributing to our talented staff, and was fortunate to be able to use that knowledge in an internship at Sports Illustrated summer of 2014. 

I am a journalism major at the University of Richmond, where I am the Managing Editor and lead baseball writer for the school newspaper, The Collegian. I always welcome thoughts, comments and general baseball conversation on Twitter and through email at erin [at] thenatsblog [dot] com.

Writer – Andrew Flax – @AndrewFlaxTNB

Flax

My dad grew up in Silver Spring, MD, and was an original Senators fan, so when the Nats returned, they hooked us both. Ryan Zimmerman’s walk-off homer in the first game at Nats Park is one of my most treasured memories, and I have the radio call of Jayson Werth’s walk-off in Game 4 bookmarked on my computer and labeled “instant happiness.”

I started writing for the Fansided Nationals site District on Deck in 2011, and became editor of that site in 2013 before joining The Nats Blog. I’m an applied math – economics concentrator at Brown University, and cover baseball, hockey, and golf for the Brown Daily Herald. Find me on twitter @AndrewFlaxTNB!

 

Writer, The Federal Reserve – Zach Spedden – @Sunsfanclubspedden

Raised in Hagerstown, MD, where I still live today, I attended my first Suns game at 10 days old in 1992. I went to games regularly throughout my life, and typically made the Suns’ parent club my favorite team. When the Nationals signed on in September 2006, I started following them closely.

Beginning in 2008, I worked five seasons as a videographer for the Nationals in Hagerstown, before spending a year as a Pitch F/X Operator with Sportvision. All the while, I worked toward a career in journalism and co-founded the Hagerstown Suns Fan Blog in 2009. I became the primary editor in 2010 and have written on that site since.

I joined The Nats Blog in March 2014 to oversee the minor league coverage on The Federal Reserve. For the 2015 season I will serve in that capacity again, along with contributing occasional features on the major league team. Above all else, though, I am happy to be back for what I fully expect will be a great year for both the Nationals and the blog.

My educational background includes a Bachelors in Journalism in the Digital Age from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Currently, I am enrolled in the Master of Arts in Emerging Media program at Loyola University Maryland.

For more of my work, you can follow me on Twitter at @Sunsfanclub. I also tweet about baseball and more personal interests on @ZSpedden.

Writer – Paul St. Jean – @pgstjean

Paul St. JeanI never had much interest in baseball growing up. I was a Redskins fan at a young age, but otherwise was totally obsessed with soccer (let’s go Arsenal). But when I got to high school I started dabbling in all kinds of other sports, until I had a full blown sports addiction.

This is when Nationals baseball began to interest me, I went to my first game and I was hooked. There was just something baseball had that no other sport did. I started writing sports in high school for Patch.com, I would go out and cover local high school basketball games. When I got to college I became a contributing sports writer for The Collegian, our school newspaper.

My big break came in the summer of 2014 when I got an internship at the sports desk of the Washington Times (yes that picture is a bona fide Wash Times headshot). At this job I was able to cover a wide variety of sports and teams, including my beloved Nationals.

I am a senior Communication Studies major at Grove City College, hoping to work in sports journalism upon graduation.

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I started blogging about the Nationals in 2010 on a blog I created called Capitol Baseball. After almost two years of writing there, Will approached me to take over as the Managing Editor of The Nats Blog toward the end of 2011, and I’ve been here ever since.

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