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Nationals 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for Dream Foundation

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On Saturday evening, Nationals players, coaches and guests from around the region celebrated the “Power of Baseball” at the 11th annual Dream Gala, held at the Marriott Marquis Washington DC. As the primary fundraiser for the Nationals Dream Foundation, the 2016 Dream Gala netted more than $400,000 for the Foundation’s initiatives focused on academics, the arts, nutrition and sports for children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region.

The event featured a cocktail reception and silent auction, as well as a dinner program and a live auction hosted by Nationals radio broadcaster Charlie Slowes. Live auction items included memorabilia from Max Scherzer’s two no-hitters in 2015, and an autographed watercolor painting of 2015 National League MVP, Bryce Harper. Experiences included a trip to Hawaii, spending the day with the Nationals Baseball Operations team and General Manager Mike Rizzo, as well as the once-in-a-lifetime experience to travel with the team to Citi Field in July when they face the New York Mets.

A 501(c)3 charitable organization, the Dream Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region through community partnerships. Enjoy the above photos, and to find out more information on the Dream Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.nationals.com/dream.

Nationals Game Notes: June 10 vs. Philadelphia Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies (29-31) vs. Washington Nationals (36-24)
RHP Jeremy Hellickson [4-3, 3.80] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [9-0, 2.85]
Friday, June 10 l Game #61 / Home #27 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/WUSA9 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

HOME COOKIN’
The Nationals arrived home from their three-city, nine-game, 11-day trip in the wee hours of Friday morning and open a brief six-game homestand against the Phillies and Cubs Friday evening…Washington plays just 10 games inside the confines of Nationals Park in the month of June, as the Nationals will head back out on the road on June 16 when they open another three-city trip in San Diego…Thus far this season the Nationals are 15-11 (.577) at home.

STRAS, YOU’RE GRAND
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday at Cincinnati, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1,000 K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

      PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

10-SPOT
The Nationals recent road trip featured three straight games scoring 10 runs or more (6/5 at CIN, 6/7 at CWS, 6/8 at CWS), making the 2016 Nationals just the second team in club history (2005-present) to post 10 or more runs in three straight games (also 6/26-28, 2012 at COL).

  • The Nationals had four batters with three-hit nights on Wednesday at CWS (CF Ben Revere, LF Jayson Werth, RF Bryce Harper, and SS Danny Espinosa)…It was just the fifth time in Nationals history (2005-present) the team had four or more players with three or more hits…That many Nationals had not posted three or more knocks in the same game since five WSH players collected at least three apiece at San Francisco on Aug. 13, 2012.

NATIONALS ADD THREE ON DRAFT’S FIRST DAY
The Nationals selected prep SS Carter Kieboom out of Walton (GA) High School with the 28th-overall pick in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft on Thursday evening, and followed that selection with collegiate RHP Dane Dunning out of the University of Florida at No. 29…In the second round, Washington tabbed 3B Sheldon Neuse out of the University of Oklahoma.

  • Kieboom, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound infielder is considered one of the best prep hitters in the draft, posting a .366 (37-for-101) average with nine doubles, two triples, five home runs, 37 RBI, 24 walks, seven stolen bases and 39 runs scored…He is the younger brother of Nationals C Spencer Kieboom.
  • Dunning is 5-3 with two saves and a 2.50 ERA (19 ER/68.1 IP) in 29 games (five starts) for Florida…He has struck out 78 batters and walked just 11…Dunning will continue to pitch for the top-seeded Gators in the Super Regional Round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
  • Neuse hit .369 (73-for-198) with 15 doubles, five triples, 10 home runs, 48 RBI, 39 walks, 12 stolen bases and 42 runs scored in 55 games for Oklahoma…He led the Big 12 in SLG (.646), T1st in triples (5) and ranked among leaders in OBP (4th, .465), HR (T4th, 10), BB (T4th, 39), AVG (5th, .369), RBI (7th, 48) & SB (T8th, 12).
  • The Draft resumes at 1 p.m. ET on Friday, when selections for Rounds 3-10 will be made.

Nationals Game Notes: June 5 vs. Cincinnati Reds

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Washington Nationals (33-23) at Cincinnati Reds (21-35)
RHP Tanner Roark [4-4, 2.70] | RHP Jon Moscot [0-2, 4.02]
Sunday, June 5 l Game #57 / Road #31 l Great American Ball Park l Cincinnati, O.H. l 1:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

FINALE FACTS
The Nationals and Reds will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at Great American Ball Park, with the Nationals looking to avoid their second road sweep of 2016…The Reds won a rain-delayed contest, 6-3, on Saturday to hand the Nationals just their fourth series loss of the season.

  • At 33-23 (.589), the Nationals are tied for the fourth-best record in MLB, behind only the Chicago Cubs (39-15, .722), San Francisco Giants (35-23, .603) and Texas Rangers (33-22, .600).
  • The Nationals have played to an 18-12 (.600) record on the road thus far this season, again behind only the Cubs (17-8, .680) and Giants (19-12, .613) for the best mark in the NL.
  • Cincinnati is the second stop on the Nationals’ current three-city, nine-game, 11-day trek, which is the longest (by days) they’ll make this season…After Sunday’s finale, Washington will pack up and head to Chicago for an off day on Monday before opening a three-game set at the White Sox on Tuesday evening.

STREAKING STRAS
With a strikeout of Dan Straily in the fifth inning on Saturday, Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg became the first pitcher in Nationals history (2005-present) to tally 1,000 strikeouts with Washington…LHP Gio Gonzalez struck out his 1,000th batter in a Nationals uniform, but 511 of his first 1K were with the Oakland Athletics…Strasburg is the 40th active pitcher to notch 1,000 strikeouts in his career, the 488th in baseball history.

  • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg reached the 1,000 strikeout mark in the fifth-fewest innings in Major League history:

PITCHER IP AT TIME OF 1K
1. Billy Wagner 757.2 IP
2. Octavio Dotel 820.1 IP
3. Francisco Rodriguez 827.1 IP
4. Kerry Wood 853.0 IP
5. Stephen Strasburg 855.0 IP
6. Chris Sale 872.0 IP
7. Tim Lincecum 896.1 IP

  • While taking a no-decision on Saturday, Strasburg kept intact his franchise record (Nationals/Expos) 12-game winning streak, dating to Sept. 15, 2015…The record, which is among starting pitchers, surpassed the 11-game winning streaks of RHP Livan Hernandez (4/4-7/1/05) and RHP Dennis Martinez (5/9-7/29/89).
  • In addition, Strasburg’s 9-0 record to start a season topped the 1997 8-0 start of Hall of Fame RHP Pedro Martinez (4/15-5/23/97) for a new franchise record (Nationals/Expos).

BUFFALO STAMPEDE
Nationals C Wilson Ramos went 1-for-3 with a double and a run on Saturday, improving his batting average to .342 through the season’s first 56 games…Ramos leads all catchers (min. 150 PA) in batting average (.342), on-base percentage (.386), slugging percentage (.546), RBI (29), and fewest strikeouts (19).

  • After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos and teammate 2B Daniel Murphy are the only players in MLB to have increased their batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias…Murphy went from .281 (2015) to .386.
  • Through June 3, Ramos’ batting average is 30 points higher than the next closest catcher (min. 150 PA) in all of MLB: MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy (.312).

Nationals Game Notes: May 23 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (25-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-17)
RHP Bartolo Colon (3-3, 3.75) | LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-1, 1.86]
Monday, May 23 l Game #45 / Home # 20 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WELCOME HOME
The Nationals open a seven-game homestand tonight that will feature visits from the New York Mets (three games) and St. Louis Cardinals (four games).

  • At 27-17 (.614), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-13; .690) and are tied for the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • Washington’s 27-17 record is the best in team history (2005-pres.) through 44 games, topping the 2015 Nationals (26-18) and the 2012 Nationals (26-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, second-best in the National League (CHI: +110) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66).

HEATING UP
In 12 games dating to May 10, 3B Anthony Rendon is 17-for-42 (.405) with five doubles, one triple, eight RBI, 10 walks, two stolen bases and eight runs scored…He has posted seven multi-hit efforts over that stretch, including four in his last five games…During that five-game stretch, Rendon is 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, one triple, seven RBI, five walks and four runs scored.

SETTING THE PACE
The Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads MLB with 412 strikeouts and ranks second in MLB with a 2.79 ERA…The staff also ranks in MLB in opp. slugging percentage (2nd, .344), opp. OPS (2nd, .637), WHIP (2nd, 1.14), hits/9.0 innings (3rd, 7.46), opp. average (3rd, .226), and opp. OBP (3rd, .292).

  • The Nationals boast four starting pitchers in the top 18 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (3rd, 1.86), RHP Joe Ross (T11th, 2.70), RHP Stephen Strasburg (15th, 2.80) and RHP Tanner Roark (18th, 2.89)…No other team has more than three.

Today in Nationals’ History: Soriano becomes first National with 3-homer game

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Florida Marlins v Washington Nationals

 

April 21, 2006 – After a two-hour, 18-minute rain delay at the start of the game, Alfonso Soriano blasted three home runs in Washington’s 7-3 home win vs. Atlanta. Soriano, thus, became the first National (2005- ) to hit three homers in a single game, and the first to hit more than one homer in a game at RFK Stadium.

April 21, 2015 – Tied at 1-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Yunel Escobar took the first pitch he saw from Carlos Villaneuva and deposited it in the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen to propel the Nationals to the 2-1 win. Gio Gonzalez spun 6.0 shutout innings but was not able to record the win, as the Cardinals tied the game in the ninth, sending the game into extras.

Spring Training Preview: Starting Pitchers

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This spring, 63 players — each member of the Nationals’ 40-man roster, plus 23 additional non-roster invitees — will vie for the 25 spots on Dusty Baker’s Opening Day ball club. Over the next week, we will introduce these players in their position groups, beginning today with starting pitchers.

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March 5 – Starting Pitchers

March 6 – Relief Pitchers

March 7 – Catchers

March 8 – Infielders

March 9 – Outfielders

A.J. COLE

2015 Season Totals: 5.79 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 8.68 K/9, 0.96 BB/9, .394 BABIP, 0.1 fWAR

A highly-regarded right-handed pitching prospect, Cole saw his first Major League action in 2015. He opened the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled to Washington on April 28 to make his MLB debut that night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Cole later rejoined the Nationals in mid-May and made two relief appearances, converting his first save May 15 at San Diego. The Winter Springs, Fla. native went 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) for Syracuse.

GIO GONZALEZ

2015 Season Totals: 3.79 ERA, 3.05 FIP, 8.66 K/9, 3.54 BB/9, .341 BABIP, 3.7 fWAR

Entering his fifth season in Washington, Gonzalez will look to improve upon his stellar 53-34 record as a member of the Nationals’ organization. The affable southpaw induced a career-high 53.8 percent ground ball rate in 2015, but was also stung by a .341 batting average on balls in play (BABIP). A correction to previous levels could be a key indicator for Gonzalez’s success in 2016, as his previous Nationals high was just .294 prior to last season.

TAYLOR JORDAN

2015 Season Totals: 5.29 ERA, 2.90 FIP, 5.82 K/9, 3.18 BB/9, .333 BABIP, 0.3 fWAR

Jordan, a local product out of Merritt Island High School and Brevard County Community College, enters the 2016 season looking to catch the eye of new manager Dusty Baker and pitching coach Mike Maddux. The 6-foot-5 sinkerball specialist appeared in nine games (six starts) for the Nationals over the past two seasons, after earning nine starts and posting a 3.66 ERA over 51.2 innings in 2013. Jordan put together 19 solid outings at the Triple-A level a season ago, contributing a 2.95 ERA.

TANNER ROARK

2015 Season Totals: 4.38 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 5.68 K/9, 2.11 BB/9, .292 BABIP, -0.2 fWAR

One of the game’s biggest success stories in 2013 and 2014 when he compiled a 22-11 record with a 2.57 ERA, Roark will battle in Spring Training to return to the Nationals’ starting rotation on a full-time basis. The 29-year-old appeared in 40 games in 2015 (12 starts), picking up his first career save with a scoreless ninth inning on May 4 against the Miami Marlins. Roark had his best stretch of the season from July 25 to August 11, holding his opponents scoreless with a .103 batting average over six games.

JOE ROSS

2015 Season Totals: 3.64 ERA, 3.42 FIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.47 BB/9, .265 BABIP, 1.4 fWAR

Ross burst onto the scene for the Nationals in early June, making the leap from Double-A Harrisburg to the big leagues and holding his own at the highest level. Still just 22 years of age, the big right-hander posted historic numbers in his first seven starts, recording 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 45 innings pitched. Ross finished his rookie campaign with a 5-5 record and a 3.64 ERA over 16 games in Washington (13 starts), plus 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA in Double-A and 3-1 with a 2.19 ERA in Triple-A.

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2015 Season Totals: 2.79 ERA, 2.77 FIP, 10.86 K/9, 1.34 BB/9, .268 BABIP, 6.4 fWAR

No hurler had ever authored two no-hit performances as dominant as the pair Scherzer turned in this past season, as the right-hander etched his name in the history books. Between his performances on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates and October 3 against the New York Mets, Scherzer fired 18 no-hit innings, walked no opposing hitters and struck out 27. For the year, the first-year National compiled an 8.12 strikeout-to-walk ratio, the fifth-best mark in MLB history for a pitcher with 200 strikeouts.

STEPHEN STRASBURG

2015 Season Totals: 3.46 ERA, 2.81 FIP, 10.96 K/9, 1.84 BB/9, .311 BABIP, 3.4 fWAR

Strasburg recovered from early ankle and back ailments to deliver one of baseball’s best second-half performances, building momentum toward the 2016 campaign. Over his last 13 starts, Strasburg compiled an 8-2 record with a 1.76 ERA, held opponents to a .175 batting average and recorded a 112-to-10 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 82 innings. He enters the season just two strikeouts shy of Jordan Zimmermann’s team record and just 99 punchouts from the 1,000 mark for his career.

 

NON-ROSTER INVITEES

BRONSON ARROYO… 39-year-old veteran right-hander has 145 victories and a World Series ring.

PAULO ESPINO… Panamanian righty posted a 3.21 ERA in 117.2 IP for Triple-A Syracuse in 2015.

LUCAS GIOLITO… Nats’ consensus top prospect split time between Single-A and Double-A last season.

TAYLOR HILL… Made 22 starts for Triple-A Syracuse and added six relief appearances in Washington.

AARON LAFFEY… Southpaw has pitched in the Major Leagues for CLE, SEA, NYY, TOR, NYM and COL.

AUSTIN VOTH… 23-year-old righty with a 2.70 career ERA in three Minor League seasons.

 

Daily Wrap: Live BP wraps up, fundamentals get attention, & more

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by Kyle Brostowitz

Prior to the final live batting practice session of Spring Training, infielders and outfielders worked on a crucial part of the game: fundamentals. Team drills focused on cutoffs and relays from the outfield to second base, third base, and home plate.

The outfielders and cutoff men worked on delivering strikes to each respective base, while the other infielders and catchers focused on receiving the throw and applying a perfect tag. Pitchers are tasked with backing up the correct base. As you can imagine, not one detail is overlooked in this process, and manager Matt Williams is focused on making sure every aspect of it is done correctly.

Fundamental work continued after the workout when Ian Desmond and Ryan Zimmerman took extra time to work on the first leg of a 3-6 double play. Zimmerman practiced his footwork at first base while Desmond got work on receiving throws from Zimmerman – something that he hasn’t had to do much over the years. Desmond explained to Zimmerman where he would like to receive the throw so he can transfer the ball as quickly as possible and deliver a strike back to first base.

News of the Day: Live batting practice concludes

Today was the final day of live batting practice sessions for the Nationals. Jordan Zimmermann, Doug Fister, Gio Gonzalez and several other pitchers took the hill for the first time and faced off against their teammates.

Williams gave a report on the day of work put in by the pitching staff:

“Gio’s velocity was really good. Curveball was good,” Williams explained. “Zim was typical Zim, in that he was down in the zone with the exception of one fastball that Clint Robinson got on the leg. Other than that, they were really good.”

Williams added that, although this was the final scheduled day of live batting practice, depending on each pitcher’s evaluation of where they were at, they could throw another live session privately if they’d like before they see game action.

Social Media of the Day:

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Quote of the Day:

“Just going with a fastball in. It went a little too far in. A grazing shot, I guess. I didn’t really square him up too bad.”– Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on accidentally hitting Clint Robinson during live batting practice.

Daily Wrap: The Full Squad arrives, Bryce Harper talks title & much more

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by Amanda Comak

All that’s left now is for Matt Williams to hold his first team meeting of the year and for the full Washington Nationals squad to take the field Thursday morning. Baseball will truly begin tomorrow as the Nationals will hold their first full-squad workout, provided the weather here on the Space Coast Cooperates.

The Nationals’ position players took their physicals today and came out of them well. It was great to see Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth, Wilmer Difo and Yunel Escobar make their first appearances at camp this spring. And there’s so much more fun to come in the days ahead.

First, to the daily wrap…

News of the Day: Full-Squad is ready to go

The Nationals’ pitchers and catchers had a light workout Wednesday morning, with the pitchers getting the day off from bullpen sessions.

Williams met the media for his daily briefing with some good news: no issues with the position players’ physicals and the Nationals’ full-squad will be ready to go on Thursday morning. The only issue now will be whether or not the weather will cooperate with storms in the forecast.

No matter, the 2015 Nationals will be together for the first time. That’ll make it a pretty sunny day, regardless.

A few injury updates the manager shared: “We’re ready to go tomorrow,” Williams said. “Of course, Jayson (Werth, who is coming off surgery to the AC joint in his right shoulder) is limited in that regard because he’s post-surgery, so we’ll watch him. With regard to Nate (McLouth) he’s on a throwing program, so we’ll monitor that, too, but everybody is good to go.”

Images of the Day

 

Social Media of the Day

 

Quote of the Day: 

“I absolutely love this organization. I love the city that I play for. And I’m not done here. Like I said five years ago when I first signed here, I’m going to bring back a title to D.C., no matter what. I’m getting chills thinking about it. I absolutely want to do that for this organization, this town. I don’t care how long it takes me, I’m going to stick and do what I need to do to help this organization win.” — Bryce Harper 

From the Desk of Mark D. Lerner: Back in the swing of spring

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Good afternoon!

I am writing to you from my office at Space Coast Stadium on another picturesque day in Viera. Sorry, I know you’re all facing some pretty tough weather back in D.C. We just wrapped up Day 4 of our Pitchers and Catchers workouts and the full squad is just about complete. The position players will all report by this evening, get their physicals tomorrow, and on Thursday we’ll get them all out on the field together for the first time.

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Danny Espinosa’s mustache is something.

— Spring Training is one of my favorite times of year. It’s always so great to see everyone after the long winter. I truly enjoy hearing what our players did in the offseason, how their families have grown – some got married, or had children – or any of the interesting things they did in the time they were away. It’s a little like the first day of school. But way more fun.

I ran into Ryan Zimmerman in the hall outside the clubhouse just this morning. He looks great and is truly enjoying preparing to be our first baseman.

It’s also always fun to see who has worked hard all winter to grow their hair out – Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond are leading this category right now – or who has been experimenting with a new facial hair look. You’ve all seen Danny Espinosa, right? Yosemite Sam, as we call him — just one of the names they’ve come up with in the clubhouse.

— We’ve now seen the pitchers all go through two rounds of bullpen sessions. And all that’s done for me is solidify how excited I am to see these guys compete this season. To stand in the bullpen and watch Max Scherzer throwing next to Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez throwing next to Doug Fister and Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen side-by-side with Matt Thornton – I could go on all day. It’s tantalizing to watch, and to think about what is to come.

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It was great to see Heath Bell taking a little family time after a workout this weekend. (Photo by Paul Kim)

It’s also been great to see guys like Dan Uggla and Heath Bell in camp. That these players, with such accomplished resumes, are here in our camp as Non-Roster Invites speaks to our depth. Both players have arrived in tremendous shape – Heath Bell told me he’s lost 40 pounds and participated in two triathlons this winter – and I look forward to seeing what they will do during the Grapefruit League season. You never know how much of an impact their veteran presence can have on a club. We’re happy to welcome them to our team.

— I know I’m not the only one enjoying these workouts. It’s been wonderful to see so many of our fans lining the fences and taking the front-row-seat offered to them at Spring Training. The turnout has been fantastic and there really aren’t many better pro sporting experiences. The access for fans during Spring Training

Photo by Donald Miralle

Photo by Donald Miralle

workouts is really unparalleled. There’s no better opportunity to see these guys up-close-and-personal, and no better opportunity to get that autograph you’ve been seeking. Our guys have been signing each day after the workout. Nothing like the smile on a young fan’s face after they’ve received a prized autograph. There’s still plenty of time to plan a quick trip down here!

— Another part of Spring Training I really enjoy is that it’s a great time for me to catch up on all the movies I’ve missed. I enjoyed watching Aaron Barrett and Jerry Blevins battle it out on Twitter over their Oscars predictions earlier this week, and I got a chance to see American Sniper myself last night. Bradley Cooper was tremendous. I highly recommend it.

I also want to give a shoutout to our great staff at our complex here at Space Coast Stadium. They do a tremendous job, and we’re very lucky to have such wonderful people working for us and working to make the experience for everyone here so positive.

— We are thrilled that we’ll be welcoming ESPN’s SportsCenter here on Sunday morning, and really looking forward to them broadcasting LIVE from our camp all day. I know how eager our fans back in D.C. are to see these guys and for us to get back up north, so hopefully this will help make a cold Sunday morning that much warmer! Be sure to tune in!

Photo by Donald Miralle

Photo by Donald Miralle

— I want to personally congratulate our manager, Matt Williams, on having his option picked up for the 2016 season. Matt has done a tremendous job thus far and we are honored to have him guiding our players. The pride he takes in playing the game the right way and in helping our players reach their full potential is outstanding. I am really looking forward to watching him as he continues to lead.

Well, that’s about all for now. Don’t forget that single-game tickets are already on sale. While I’m already looking forward to the Grapefruit League opener on March 5, Opening Day will be here before we know it!

Until next time,
Mark

Pitchers and Catchers Report

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by Amanda Comak

The first “official” day of the spring arrived on Thursday morning as the Washington Nationals pitchers and catchers reported to Viera, Fla. for Spring Training.

 

While it is certainly an official date, reporting is actually not as formal as it sounds. Pitchers and catchers just need to alert a team official that they have made it to the area by Thursday. Friday they’ll take their physicals, and the first workout for pitchers and catchers will begin bright and early on Saturday morning. That’s when the real action will get going.

Nonetheless, there were a lot of hugs, high-fives and smiles today as returning Nationals reunited with their teammates and new Nationals got acquainted with their surroundings.

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We missed baseball hugs. #BaseballBegins

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There were a few surprises, too. Like Danny Espinosa’s magnificent mustache.

And there was already plenty to talk about.

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