District Daily: Mike Rizzo discusses offseason goals

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

Rizzo discusses offseason goals in Q&A

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

Since becoming general manager of the Nationals in 2009, Mike Rizzo has built a team that has won two division titles in three seasons. But like in ’12, they came up short in the postseason last month, falling in four games to the Giants in the National League Division Series. 

The offseason has arrived, and Rizzo is looking to make tweaks to guide the Nats toward a World Series berth in 2015. MLB.com caught up with the GM recently to talk about the club’s offseason plans. 

MLB.com: As good as the Nationals were during the regular season, is it hard to believe they didn’t go far in the postseason? Read full interview here.

Nationals release 2015 Spring Training schedule

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — The Nationals are entering their 10th season since moving to the D.C. area, and on Wednesday the team released their 30-game Spring Training schedule for the 2015 season.

The schedule includes 14 home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. The home opener is March 5 against the Mets. The Nationals’ roster will include Bryce HarperJayson WerthDenard Span and Ryan Zimmerman, who will be playing first base on a full-time basis.

Washington’s Grapefruit League schedule includes a pair of visits from the Cardinals (March 7 and March 27) and Tigers (March 11 and March 19). The Yankees will make the trip across the state to Viera on March 23. Read full article here.

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