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:

Editor-in-Chief/Founder – William Yoder (will at thenatsblog dot com)

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

Lead Beat Writer; Copy Editor - Erin Flynn (erin at thenatsblog dot com)

Writer - Andrew Flax

Writer - Nick Fineman

Minor League Writer, The Federal Reserve - Zach Spedden

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

Editor-In-Chief/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 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 Weselyan Univeristy to study sports journalism. It was a rewarding four years. During my summers I would grab freinds 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.

Managing Editor – 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.

Lead Beat Writer; Copy Editor – Erin Flynn – @TheNatsBlogErin

flynnI 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. I’ve learned a lot from contributing to our talented staff, and although I will spend summer 2014 interning for Sports Illustrated, you can still expect to see content by me on TNB. 

I am a journalism major at the University of Richmond, where I am the Content 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 – @NatsNation21

FlaxMy 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 @NatsNation21!
Writer – Nick Fineman – @The_Fineman

finemanI was born and raised in the DC area and have been a Nationals fan since their inception. In fifth grade, I started a petition at my school to bring a baseball team to Washington D.C. When a team finally did move to DC, I became instantly enthralled. I made it my goal to see many of the Nats early big moments in person as possible (First game at RFK, first game at Nationals Stadium, Stephen Strasburg’s debut…etc).

I am an aspiring journalist, film producer, and film editor. I am currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying history and political science. At WashU I am the executive producer of the University’s first and only television news show.  In high school I interned for The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN980 and over the past two summers I have worked at both NBC News and CBS News respectively.

Heading into the 2014 season I realized that I wanted to combine my passions for writing and for the Nationals. I have read The Nats Blog for a couple of years now, and I am honored to be a part of their solid staff of writers. I look forward to seeing where the Nats go in 2014 and writing about it along the way.

Follow me on twitter @The_Fineman and for more information check out my website www.NickFineman.com

Minor League Writer, The Federal Reserve – Zach Spedden – @Sunsfanclub
speddenRaised in Hagerstown, MD, where I still live today, I attended my first Suns game at 10 days old in 1992. With the fond memories from that day staying with me throughout my life, I went to games regularly 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, however, I worked towards 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.After graduating from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in December 2013, this will be my first season as a full-time writer. I joined The Nats Blog as a contributor to The Federal Reserve in March, and am looking forward to working with this talented group of writers.
For more of my work, you can follow me on Twitter at @Sunsfanclub. If you find that you can’t get enough of me, please seek professional help or follow me on my personal account, @ZSpedden. 

Joe Drugan

About Joe Drugan

Joe is the Managing Editor of The Nats Blog and host of the Nats Talk On The Go podcast. He's been blogging about the Nationals since 2010 and with The Nats Blog since 2011.

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