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 Netowrk, Yahoo!'s Big League Stew, Mister Irrelevant, Metsblog.com, 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.
Editor-in-Chief/Founder - William Yoder (will at thenatsblog dot com)
Managing Editor - Joe Drugan (joe at thenatsblog dot com)
Lead Beat Writer - Erin Flynn (erin at thenatsblog dot com)
Contributing SABR Writer - Bryce Stucki
About the Editor
William Yoder - Born 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.
Joe Drugan - Sports have always been a huge part of my life, from the time I was a young boy in northeastern Pennsylvania until now while living in Northern Virginia. But I really loved baseball. My dad was a Mets fan, my grandfather a Braves fan, my cousins were Phillies fans. No one was an Expos fan, but now, there's a Nationals fan. I've been a fan of the organization since day 1, when my great friend Craig (a former Mariners fan from Seattle) and I decided to abandon all allegiances and cheer for the Nats.
It wasn't until the start of the 2010 season that I decided to start writing about my passion, though. And out of that passion came a blog called Capitol Baseball. Craig joined me a few months later to help write, and we kept growing. After lots of blood, sweat, and tears put into that blog, I left it in the capable hands of Craig to join the great team here at The Nats Blog as the Managing Editor.
I look forward to starting a dialogue with all of you who read The Nats Blog, so please feel free to reach out to me at Joe [at] thenatsblog [dot] com.
Lead Beat Writer
Erin Flynn - I grew up in a small, rural town about an hour outside of D.C., and sports were never a big part of our 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 immediately fell in love with the team. Although I can’t claim to be a day one fan who suffered the hardships of RFK, I would rather watch my Nationals play than do just about anything else. My friends joke with me about being “obsessed,” but I can’t help that this team has captured my attention and my heart.
I got hooked up with The Nats Blog through Twitter (imagine that… technology these days) at the beginning of the 2012 season, and have thoroughly enjoyed being the baby and the only female writer of the group.
I am planning on declaring my major in journalism at the University of Richmond, where I am the Online Managing Editor of our school newspaper. I still have a few years to go at Richmond, but after graduation I would love nothing more than to turn my passion for baseball and for writing into a career.
Ted Youngling - Born and raised in southeast Connecticut, an hour outside of baseball hub New York City, it was hard to not pledge your allegience to either the Mets, Yankees or Red Sox. I spent most of my high school years making the quick drive out to Shea Stadium with friends and truly began to appreciate the game for what it was.
After graduation I went off to attend Ohio Wesleyan for one year where I met my friend and mentor Will Yoder, who was just beginning to lay the groundwork for a blog about the Washington Nationals, little did we know where this site was going to take us. I am now currently a senior at the University of Arizona pursuing an interdisciplinary studies degree concentrating in sport management, communication, and sociology.
I have interned with the American University Sports Information Department as well as volunteered for Octagon's production of ESPN College Gameday and Octagon's Puma Open 2009 located in New Jersey. I will be graduating in 2011 and looking for a job in the field.