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Today’s weather in West Palm Beach, according to the National Weather Service:
A chance of showers before 11am, then a slight chance of showers after 3pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind 7 to 14 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
Today’s Spring Training Quote:
“The guy takes the ball every day. He’s a competitor. … We felt like he got back to that for like he was when he was an All-Star.” – Washington Nationals Manager Dave Martinez on Jeremy Jeffress
Exhibition Games Begin: 6 Days
Opening Day 2021: 38 Days
2021 MLB All-Star Game: 141 Days
Today’s Top Story: The Nationals Bullpen Is going to be a place of strength
With RHP Jeremey Jeffress’s signing, the Washington Nationals bullpen becomes a sign of strength after years of hoping and praying.
In a way, it’s refreshing to start Spring Training with a bullpen full of experienced closers and relievers that actually might perform. At the start of the past few seasons, Nationals fans have had to hold their breath and pray that the offense got enough runs in the early part of the game to withstand a potential meltdown when the starting pitcher was pulled.
ICYMI: Washington Nationals fans are left wondering if they will be returning to Nats Park this season.
As the Coronavirus vaccine continues its rollout to all regions of the U.S., Major League Baseball teams and the local governments that oversee them will be asked an important question: Should fans be allowed to attend games?
Washington Nationals fans have been left in the dark on what’s going on this season. The Nationals have not released any information even to their season ticket holders.
New Podcast Alert: In the Clubhouse with the Nats Report
Today, we have a new episode of In the Clubhouse with the Nats Report. Richard sat down with the newest Washington Nationals beat reporter for The Athletic Maria Torres. During the episode, Maria shares her impressions of the Washington Nationals and former Washington National and fan-favorite Anthony Rendon.
Perspective: The Case For Victor Robles Leading Off
Washington’s Lineup is in a weird spot right now. They have a good amount of high-level talent, but it’s not as deep as many would like, so Victor Robles might be a good option to lead off. Based on Mike Rizzo’s recent comments, it appears that the Nationals are done adding players and they haven’t been outwardly linked to anyone who hits leadoff.
Thankfully, they may have the perfect leadoff candidate on the roster in Victor Robles.
NL East 2021 Season Preview: The Atlanta Braves
Since moving to the National League East in 1994, the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals has been one of the best rivalries in baseball, and 2021 looks to be more of the same. Some teams were thrown off by the chaos of the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but the Atlanta Braves didn’t miss a beat, winning their third straight division title and their 15th NL East Crown in the last 25 seasons.
Despite their regular-season dominance, Atlanta failed to reach the World Series again, losing to the eventual champion Los Angeles Dodgers in game 7 of the NLCS.
Read our previews of the other NL East Teams:
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Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball Headlines
- Scherzer throwing on flat ground, Lester happy to blend in via MASN Sports Washington
- Jeremy Jeffress comes home in a deal with the Nats via Talk Nats
- Addition of Rogelio Armenteros deepens Nationals’ pool of possible starters via the Washington Post
- Washington Nationals’ Manager Davey Martinez excited about new options in bullpen via Federal Baseball
- Nationals: Why Carter Kieboom figures to play a prominent role in 2021 via District on Deck
- Washington Nationals hoping Joe Ross can claim fifth starter role via Call to the Pen
- Lester ‘fly on the wall’; Scherzer progresses via MLB.com
- Ranking MLB’s top five rivalries heading into 2021 season: Dodgers-Padres, Yankees-Rays and more via CBS Sports
- Seattle Mariners CEO Resigns After ‘Inappropriate’ Comments via Wall Street Journal
- Kevin Mather spilled the beans on worst kept secret in baseball via NYPost