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Monday, January 13, 2020

Celebrations firmly behind them, Nationals’ prep for 2020 is under way

WASHINGTON—Stephen Strasburg trudged through the lower hall of Nationals Park with a stream of fans in his wake. He was wading through the second day of Nationals WinterFest, filled with interviews, autograph sessions and an escort to guide him from station to station.

Trea Turner pivoted to head up an external ramp on the concourse. A security guard pulled a temporary gate closed to allow him separation between fans and his path. The concourse, in general, was less populated than Saturday as the event wound down. Two stellar days of weather and a World Series title put the event in a space it lacked last year when it was cold and raining after a flop of a season.

It’s mid-January. Max Scherzer and Adam Eaton are already at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach. Other players and coaches will be arriving progressively, most well before the mandatory reporting date of Feb. 17. Howie Kendrick and hitting coach Kevin Long began working together in Arizona, where both live in the offseason, about two weeks ago. The season starts in 10 weeks.

It’s next year, in the literal and metaphorical sense, for the defending champions. WinterFest brought several of the players back in front of each other for the first time since a booze-soaked close to the season in Houston. The roster is situated outside of Josh Donaldson what-ifs and wonder about Ryan Zimmerman’s future.

 

QLE Posted: January 13, 2020 at 12:54 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: nationals, that championship season

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   1. The Honorable Ardo Posted: January 13, 2020 at 08:23 PM (#5915406)
It feels even sweeter now knowing the punishments given to the Astros. The system was rigged against them and the Nationals still won!

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