Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Washington Nationals news and opinions with some great Nationals articles from around the web below.
We start off today’s Daily with another update on the Nationals’ ongoing managerial search. As MLB.com’s Bill Ladson writes in his article below, the Nationals were expected to interview former Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire at some point today.
Assuming the Nationals interviewed Gardenhire, the list of managerial candidates the team has interviewed is now at five names: Phil Nevin, Dusty Baker, Bud Black, Ron Wotus and Gardenhire.
For a team in desperate need of a manager with experience, Gardenhire seems to be a good option. The former Twins manager led Minnesota to the postseason six times and led them to the ALCS in 2002.
The Nationals aren’t the only team considering Gardenhire. As Ladson notes, Gardenhire also interviewed with the Padres.
Also in today’s Daily, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post discusses the latest development in the process to build a new Nationals Spring Training facility in Palm Beach.
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As Capozzi writes in his article, the Palm Beach County Commission voted to issue construction bonds for the project, and now the race is on to have the facility ready to go by 2017. Once completed, the facility will be shared by the Nationals and Astros.
Be sure to check out both articles below they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.
Source: Nationals to interview Gardenhire
WASHINGTON — Ron Gardenhire arrived in D.C. on Monday, according to a baseball source, and most likely will interview with the Nationals for their managerial opening on Tuesday.
The Nationals are looking to hire their sixth full-time manager after dismissing Matt Williams on Oct. 5. The team has already interviewed Phil Nevin, Dusty Baker, Bud Black and Ron Wotus. Read full article here.
Bonds OK’d for WPB baseball stadium; now race is on to open by 2017
WEST PALM BEACH — The race is on for the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros to transform a 160-acre landfill south of 45th Street into a Major League Baseball spring training facility by January 2017.
“I am totally beyond happy that we are here at this point,’’ Palm Beach County Mayor Shelley Vana said Tuesday after the County Commission voted to issue $133 million in construction bonds for the project.
“But I also want to impress upon both teams that we want 2017.’’ Vana paused and repeated with emphasis, “2017.’’ Read full article here.