The Washington Nationals have yet to announce the date the pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Spring Training, but putting them in the range of the teams that have announced, we have just over 50 days left. This is an exciting time because everything starts fresh and you get to see a new, but older, team on the field. One more year of experience and one more winter to get better under the belt of each player. High expectations for each team and especially our Washington Nationals.
The offseason has had its exciting moments with signings and trades, but times like right now are awfully boring. I just want to be able to turn on the T.V. at 7 Eastern and watch a Nationals game. That isn’t the case right now. We are in baseball withdrawals and it needs to come back.
Looking forward, the Nationals could have the best rotation in all of baseball with the addition of Doug Fister. Nate McLouth will be a solid bat off the bench, and should see a good amount of innings in the outfield, giving guys more days off. The infield should be solid defensively if Ryan Zimmerman is completely healthy like he says he is. Denard Span should have a bounce back season like I wrote here. Finally, Ian Desmond tries to go for the three-peat of the Silver Slugger in the National League. How about not just a Silver Slugger but let’s add a Gold Glove possibly. It will be tough but it is possible.
Things are looking promising for the Nationals in 2014. It is an exciting time to be apart of this fan base, as a new manager takes the reigns. Listening to everything Matt Williams has to say, it seems like things are going to change and we are going to see some more high paced baseball. Possibly a west coast style offense with bunts, hit and runs and stolen bases. That is exciting right? Not just waiting on the homer that could never happen.
Don’t wait until July to jump on the Nationals bandwagon, jump on now and enjoy the ride. It is going to be an exciting one in 2014. Only about 50 days left until Nationals players will be on a baseball field again.