District Daily: Checking in on Nate McLouth, Matt Williams


Jun 18, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals pinch hitter

Nate McLouth

(15) hits a RBI sacrifice fly against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit:

Brad Mills


Good morning DoD readers! It’s Monday morning and the Super Bowl is officially behind us, which means that baseball season is right around the corner. With that in mind, start off your week with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in our District Daily:

Washington Nationals 2015 roster preview: Nate McLouth

(Dan Hughes, CSN Washington)

Age on Opening Day 2015: 33

How acquired: Signed as a free agent, Dec. 2013

2015 salary: $5 million

2014 stats: 79 G, 162 PA, 10 R, 24 H, 6 2B, 0 3B, HR, 7 RBI, 4 SB, 16 BB, 35 SO, .173 AVG, .280 OBP, .237 SLG, .517 OPS, 2 E,  -0.6 WAR

2015 storyline: After a disappointing first season in Washington, Nate McLouth returns in 2015 hoping for better health and better results as the Nationals’ fourth outfielder. 2014 was essentially a wash, as he struggled through half a season’s worth of games before a bout with right shoulder inflammation cut it short. Read full article here.

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Q&A | Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams

(David Hall, The Virginian-Pilot)

Matt Williams had a busy first offseason as the Washington Nationals’ manager.

Coming off a National League-best 96-win season in which the Nats ran away with the NL East and Williams was named the league’s Manager of the Year, the club dealt setup man Tyler Clippard to the A’s for second baseman Yunel Escobar. This week, outfielder Jayson Werth was sentenced to five days in jail after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

Most notably, the Nats signed 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer to a seven-year, $210 million deal this month, and they added Blue Jays closer Casey Janssen, potentially to replace Clippard.

Williams, a five-time All-Star third baseman, was in Norfolk on Friday to speak at Old Dominion’s annual baseball banquet. He sat down with The Virginian-Pilot’s David Hall to talk about what he learned in his first season as a skipper, Virginia Beach native and new Nats first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and the challenges of throwing a star-studded Super Bowl party tonight at his Arizona home. Read full article here.

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