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The best podcast to hear the latest on the Washington Nationals. Hosted by Nick Ashooh, along with Chase Hughes and other contributors to NBC Sports Washington’s Nationals coverage.

The best podcast to hear the latest on the Washington Nationals. Hosted by Nick Ashooh, along with Chase Hughes and other contributors to NBC Sports Washington’s Nationals coverage.


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The best podcast to hear the latest on the Washington Nationals. Hosted by Nick Ashooh, along with Chase Hughes and other contributors to NBC Sports Washington’s Nationals coverage.




Spring Training Q's, judging your bold predictions & MLB Network's Lauren Shehadi

We're geared up for the 2021 season and this jam-packed episode will get you there too. Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh are joined by MLB Network's Lauren Shehadi (a Virginia native and Nats fan) to discuss the Nats offseason, who can challenge the Dodgers in the NL, and the greatness of Juan Soto. Plus, Nick and Chase talk about the return of Gerardo Parra and Baby Shark(?), pose the 3 biggest spring training questions for the Nats, and judge your bold predictions in a new segment called "Fair...


Mr. National returns! and Aaron Barrett details his amazing comeback

In a loaded episode, the Nats make two major moves, bringing back Mr. National Ryan Zimmerman and signing All-Star reliever Brad Hand... Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes break down those moves, plus, in a special HeadStrong segment (29:00) Aaron Barrett joins the pod to tell his amazing and emotional story of resilience and recovery from 2 horrible arm injuries to return to the major leagues after 4 years. Stick around for Walk-off discussions about PopSockets and purchasing new cars. See...


Nationals add Jon Lester to star-studded staff

Mike Rizzo strikes again, adding former All-Star and World Series champion Jon Lester to an already star-studded rotation. Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes discuss what Lester brings at this stage of his career, how Rizzo continues to retool the Nats as championship contenders, and what's left to do before spring training. They're also joined by Matt Weyrich of to discuss the pros and cons of trading Victor Robles. See Privacy Policy at and...


Get to know the newest National Kyle Schwarber

The Nationals added a World Series champion to their lineup, former Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber. Nick Ashooh and Chase Hughes talk to David Kaplan of NBC Sports Chicago and host of the Cubs Talk podcast on what Schwarber brings to the Nats, as well as perspective on how long the World Series honeymoon lasts. Chase also talks to Schwarber's college coach, Tracy Smith, and also confesses some pretty questionable food takes in this jam-packed episode. See Privacy Policy at...


2021 Resolutions, Juan Soto > Bryce Harper and Al Galdi joins the pod

Nick and Chase are joined by Al Galdi of The Team 980, one of the best baseball minds in town, to get his takes on Juan Soto, how to approach Max Scherzer's future, what's the key to competing in the ever-improving NL East and even reaction to the breaking Francisco Lindor trade to the Mets. Plus, Nick and Chase go through their New Year's resolutions for the 2021 Nats. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at...


Analyzing the Josh Bell trade and the putting the 2020 season in the rear view mirror

All-star first baseman Josh Bell is now a National, and Nick, Chase and Todd have feelings about it. The crew also discusses the perception of the farm system, and what the trade means for a possible return for Ryan Zimmerman. Before we turn the calendar to 2021, one last look back at the 2020 season what positives Nats fans can take into next year (hint: Juan Soto). Plus, not one, but TWO great Walk-offs that you'll want to stay through the end for. See Privacy Policy at...


Gather round the NL East roundtable for an offseason feast

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are joined this week by a quartet of reporters from around the NL East to discuss all things in the division as the calendar gets set to leave 2020 behind. Corey Seidman, the host of the Phillies Talk podcast, Mike Vaccaro, who covers the Mets for NY Post, Jordan McPherson, Marlins reporter for the Miami Herald and Kevin McAlpin, a reporter for the Braves Radio Network, along with our usual crew bat around the new management around the division and...


Max Scherzer updates us on his contract negotiations with the Nationals

Does anyone want to set some rules for this podcast? Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes discuss GM Mike Rizzo's press conference where we learned that he has no clarity on whether or not he needs to field a DH next season. Rizzo wants a middle-of-the-order bat, so who fits that bill? Michael Brantley, Marcel Ozuna, and Kyle Schwarber are bandied about as options by the crew before we get to Todd's long interview with Max Scherzer. The Nationals ace touches on his dislike for expanded...


Disaster in Philadelphia and Adam Eaton goes right back to the White Sox

In this week's episode of the Nationals Talk podcast, Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes discuss the disaster unfolding in Philadelphia and bring the Adam Eaton trade full circle now that he has signed back with the White Sox. Then the boys bring in NBC Sports Chicago's White Sox writer Vinnie Duber to get the pulse of White Sox nation on the Eaton/Lucas GIolito trade and which former White Sox free agents would fit best in D.C. Finally, the crew lays out the Nationals minor league...


Which National would get the same treatment John Wall is getting on his departure from the District?

On this week's episode of the Nationals Talk podcast, Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes discuss the legacy of Michael A. Taylor as he departs from Washington. Nick then posits a question: which National would experience the same response on his departure from the District that John Wall is currently receiving upon his trade to Houston? The discussion then transitions to the new free agents on the market that were not tendered by their previous teams who the Nationals might want to go...


Can the Nationals actually trade for Kris Bryant? Plus, why DJ LeMahieu is a perfect fit in Washington

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are back to get you through the holiday weekend. They start by taking a look at what it might take to get Kris Bryant to D.C. while Chase dons his tin foil hat to theorize how the Nats could continue to troll Bryce Harper with Bryant and other potential moves. The conversation then transitions into alternate options in the trade market before looking at free agents that might be options for Mike Rizzo to bring to town including DJ LeMahieu. Finally...


Story time with Charlie Slowes plus news and notes around the NL East

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are joined by the voice of the Nationals Charlie Slowes to discuss the strange 2020 MLB season. Slowes walks through the challenges of calling road games from his usual booth at Nationals Park, why the 2020 Nationals never found their groove and discusses some potential changes the Nats could make to get back to challenging for a World Series in 2021. After Charlie departs, conversation turns to Yasmany Tomas and where he ranks among the biggest...


Soto snubbed plus 3 free agents the Nats should go after this offseason

It's the offseason and that means it's time for Armchair GMs!! Nick Ashooh, Chase Hughes and Todd Dybas dive into three possibilities for the Nationals to sign in free agency this season (1:00). The conversation then transitions to the snubbing of Juan Soto as an MVP finalist this season - and no, we don't want to hear your games played arguments (29:30). Nick goes perhaps slightly overboard with his praise of Soto, but is that really even possible? Plus, what could the newly re-signed Aaron...


The offseason has officially started and a way too early look at the 2021 World Series odds

Nick Ashooh, Chase Hughes and Todd Dybas officially start the offseason by looking at the Nationals moves in declining the options of Eric Thames, Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick and Aníbal Sánchez and what that might mean for the roster next season (1:00). Then the crew recaps the Dodgers World Series title over the Rays including the continuation of the great analytics debate and the crowing of the Dodgers dynasty (11:00). Can you believe it's been a year since the Nationals won the World...


What the Nationals can learn from the Dodgers and Rays in the World Series

Nick, Chase and Todd dive in to the World Series matchup between the Dodgers and Rays to examine what the Nationals can learn from how the two teams were built. Then the boys break down the NL East and determine how the Nationals can close the gap with the Braves, how Mike Rizzo will operate in the offseason and what Nats fans need to know about new pitching coach Jim Hickey. See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at...


How we would fix the Nats roster this offseason

On a special edition of the Nationals Talk Podcast Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes go through the teams roster position by position and give their ideas on how to fix the Nats this offseason. The three of them get to play GM for a day and decide what free agents to bring in, who to say goodbye to and how they will find the money to pay all these guys. After going through each position group the guys give their walk-offs and Chase tells what might be the most cringe worthy story of...


Let the offseason begin - what to look for headed into the 2021 season

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are back together to discuss the importance of this offseason for the Nats and what we as fans should be looking forward to. The guys get into how much work needs to be done to the rotation, which big free agent will they look to go after, will the team go younger or look to retool for another title run and how they can replenish their farm system. Finally to wrap up, Nick proclaims his hatred for the Astros even though Dusty Baker is a part of the...


The Nats season recap plus plans for the offseason

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are back together to recap the Nats 2020 season as they finish at 26-34 and last in the NL East. The guys go over some of the highs and lows from the season, what improvements need to be made in order to get back to World Series contenders again, Davey Martinez's "extension" and what we will all remember most from the Nationals 2020 season. To finish up the pod the guys give their final walk-off of the season and Todd plays the role of Captain Planet...


Nats spoiling the Phillies season plus where they might be picking in the draft

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes are back together to discuss the recent 4 game winning streak from the Nationals and whether as fans we are happy about it because it is spoiling the Phillies playoff hopes or upset we are moving further and further away from the 4th selection in the upcoming draft. That isn't all the guys discussed they also got into what the upcoming MLB draft order might actually look like when it arrives, why Juan Soto was seen playing on the other end of the...


With the Nats playoff chances dwindling we look towards the future

Nick Ashooh, Todd Dybas and Chase Hughes got together to discuss the Nats disappointing season so far and start looking towards the future. Do they need to take a step back and look to get younger or are the veterans they have enough to make another run? The guys also discuss what they think of the Nats pool of prospects currently on the roster, Chase begins to start his grieving process over Carter Kieboom and Todd explains why Luis Garcia might actually have more promise than Chase's...