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More MASN -- with some hope for HD

Hold on regarding the HD thing for a second.

Just spoke with Bob Carpenter. Here are his thoughts.

"I'm just happy," he said from his home in Tulsa. "I'm happy I'm coming back next year. With all the stuff that happened, that's life. That's broadcasting. Some of the things that happen to you in this busines, I'll never get used to. But as opposed to some other things that have happened to me, this has a happy ending. Usually, these things don't end well, but this one did."

Carpenter thanked the fans that called/wrote the Nationals and/or MASN after it was reported -- here and elsewhere -- that the club was at least looking elsewhere.

"They made their feelings known, and that make me feel pretty good. I give the fans 95 percent of this credit. I guess the other five percent is my ability to do a good baseball bradocast."

Carpenter said he had spoken with Don Sutton several times since the end of the season, and spoke with Debbi Taylor a couple of weeks ago. "I think we're all ready to do great broadcasts," he said. The deal, he said, is for a year with a club option.

I spoke, too, with MASN spokesman Todd Webster, who said: "The anticipation is building for the Nationals in 2008, and we're pleased that Bob will help bring that excitement to fans throughout MASN's seven-state television territory."

I also asked Webster about the possibility of Nationals (and Orioles) broadcasts being in high-definition next year. The network, Webster said, is not prepared to make any announcements, but they are looking into the issue.

"It's definitely a possibility," Webster said. "We are working with satellite and cable companies, and we ar hopeful to offer a number of Nationals and Orioles telecasts in HD."

Stay tuned.

More MASN: Johnny Holliday is on board for another year of pre- and postgame shows. They're in negotiations with studio analyst Ray Knight on coming back for another season, but nothing's final yet.

Oh, and, while we're at it, looks like almost all the grass is in over at the new park. The unveiling for the media is on Tuesday at 10 a.m., with Mayor Fenty and Stan Kasten and other honchos scheduled to be there. No word on if Kasten will wrestle city officials behind second base.

By Barry Svrluga  |  November 8, 2007; 2:45 PM ET
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