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Spring training schedule released

Nov 16, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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Space Coast Stadium could host its final Nats spring training in 2013.

The Nationals have announced the exhibition schedule for what likely will be their final spring training in Viera, a 32-game slate that underscores why the franchise hopes to relocate to Florida's Gulf Coast in 2014.

Washington will open the Grapefruit League on Feb. 23 in Port St. Lucie, the first of six spring encounters with the Mets (who train about an hour south of Viera). The Nationals also face the Astros (who train 50 minutes west in Kissimmee) six times. They'll face the Braves (who are an hour west in Lake Buena Vista), Cardinals and Marlins (who train nearly two hours to the south in Jupiter) five times a piece, while facing the Tigers (who are nearly two hours away in Lakeland) four times.

The Nationals also must make a six-hour round trip to Clearwater on March 6 for a single exhibition game against the Phillies.

All told, the Nationals will spend more time on Florida's highways than any other club in the Grapefruit League, the primary reasonRead more ยป

204 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. peric - Nov 19, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    Never heard this even as a possibility, but he used to be a catcher, so not that much of a stretch. You lose his arm and speed in the OF, but I would hate to see him struggle with injuries his whole career Harper just turned 20 years old. Zimmerman is closing in on 30.Big difference right? Sheesh troll alert indeed.

  2. Gonat - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Quiet baseball weekend for Free Agents. Juan Pierre chooses the Miami Marlins as he wants to start.

  3. Gonat - Nov 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Steamer said… Hello I'm a first timer at this but does anyone know anything on Sean Burnett November 18, 2012 12:03 PM _________________________________The Jeremy Affeldt signing last week set his market fairly well.

  4. NatsJack in Florida - Nov 19, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    For those of us who prefer the truth, if Zim is closing in on 30, then Harper is closing in on 22.The truth is, Zim just turned 28 while Harper just turned 20.




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