District Daily: Adam LaRoche and Denard Span in hunt for NL Gold Gloves

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Apr 19, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche (25) catches a pop-up in foul territory in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park. The Cardinals defeated the Nationals 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Span and LaRoche in hunt for NL Gold Gloves

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Nationals center fielder Denard Span and first basemanAdam LaRoche are finalists for the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove award. The winners will be announced on Nov. 4 on ESPN2 from 7-8 p.m. ET.

It was LaRoche’s glove that made the Nationals one of the better defensive teams in baseball, as he seemed to save third baseman Anthony Rendon, shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera from throwing errors on a regular basis.

LaRoche, who won the NL Gold Glove Award in 2012, often made diving plays or scooped balls in the dirt to prevent a run from scoring, and he has established himself as the best defensive first baseman in Nationals history. In 136 games at first this past season, LaRoche made only seven errors in 1,200 total chances. Read full article here.

Williams named Sporting News’ top NL manager

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — A panel of 22 managers voted Matt Williams Sporting News’ National League Manager of the Year.

Even thought he dealt with major injuries to players such as Bryce Harper,Wilson Ramos and Ryan Zimmerman, Williams guided the Nationals to a 96-66 record, which was the best in the NL. Hired to replace Davey Johnson after the 2013 season, Williams guided the Nationals to their second division title in three years. Read full article here.

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