District Daily: Health, new faces among questions facing Nationals


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

Health, new faces among questions facing Nationals

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

On paper, the Nationals look to have the best team in baseball, thanks to the signing of right-hander Max Scherzer, who inked a $210 million contract on Jan. 21. But there are nonetheless some pressing questions as the team prepares to head to Spring Training in a couple of weeks. 

1. Can Wilson Ramos stay healthy?
One would hope so. Ramos hasn’t been able to stay healthy the last three years because of knee, hamstring and hamate bone issues. A healthy Ramos would mean a big boost to the offense. His best season was in 2013, when hit 16 home runs and drove in 59 runs in 78 games. Read full article here.

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(Will Leitch, Sports On Earth)

How close is baseball to arriving? So close that if you want to start a weekly series previewing the upcoming season, you essentially have to start right now. That’s exciting. That’s very exciting.

Baseball is a team sport played out as a series of individual-on-individual battles, which really means it’s an individual sport disguised as a team one. But most season previews, understandably, focus on the teams rather than the players, unless it’s a fantasy preview. (Which this won’t be.) I find individuals just as compelling, though, because baseball is a sport that’s both repetitive and a new experience every time you play it: How well you compete on a day-to-day, month-to-month, year-to-year basis is as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one.

Thus, every week for the rest of the offseason, we’ll be previewing each division by looking at its 10 most compelling players. Read full article here.

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