District Daily: Janssen looking forward to setup role with Nationals

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Sep 27, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher

Casey Janssen

(44) pitches against Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning at Rogers Centre. Blue Jays won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Janssen looking forward to setup role with Nats

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

Casey Janssen played eight seasons with the Blue Jays and saved 90 games. After the 2014 season, the right-hander became a free agent, and he signed a one-year deal with the Nationals on Jan. 28 to become the team’s setup man.

MLB.com caught up with the 33-year-old recently to talk about his time with the Blue Jays and what he expects from the Nationals.

MLB.com: What made you decide to sign with the Nationals?

Janssen: From the success that they have had so far and what they have done in the offseason, it seemed like a no-brainer to me. I was able to solve a problem. So it was exciting from that standpoint. Read full article here.

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Manfred enjoys visit to Nats’ youth academy

(Paul Hagen, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Rob Manfred made it abundantly clear, even before he formally became the 10th Commissioner in baseball history, that he was committed to strengthening the connection between youth and the national pastime. And he translated those words into action Wednesday when he visited the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.

Manfred toured the academy, which opened last year, and interacted with the students who are served by the gleaming new facility just a few miles from Nationals Park.

“The visit here is really important to me,” Manfred said. “I hope to increase, during my time as Commissioner, the number of kids who play the game and are interested in our game. And I’ll tell you that a program like this is an example of Major League Baseball and one of its clubs at its best. It’s unbelievable. Read full article here.

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