Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to the first official day of Spring Training! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:
Williams welcomes challenge of returning to postseason
In his first year as manager, Matt Williams guided the Nationals to the National League East title, but they were eliminated in the NL Division Series against the Giants last October.
This year, the Nats have the talent to go as far as the World Series. It doesn’t hurt that they signed right-hander Max Scherzer to a long-term deal.
MLB.com caught up with Williams on Wednesday to talk about the Nationals and their chances of reaching the postseason in back-to-back seasons.
MLB.com: Coming into camp, what do you like about your team?
Matt Williams: It’s the overall feeling. [General manager] Mike Rizzo made some important moves for us. Max Scherzer certainly. We have some guys who are non-roster invitees and have loads of experience. Read full article here.
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Questions remain for stacked Nats entering camp
VIERA, Fla. — Pitchers and catchers report to Nationals camp on Thursday, and the expectations are high for from a team that won the National League East title a year ago.
First off, Washington’s pitching staff is expected to be a dominating one. It helps that the club signed Max Scherzer to a long-term deal to complement returning stars Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Stephen Strasburg, creating a tough time for opposing hitters.
There will be no position battles as far as the starting eight is concerned, and everyone is expected to be healthy to start the season. Wilson Ramos, Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman missed a lot of time in 2014 because of injuries. Imagine how improved the offense will be with their names in the lineup every day. Read full article here.