WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Adam Eaton may not stand tall, but he proves good things come in small packages. The new Washington Nationals centerfielder is only 5-foot-8, not big by Big League standards. However, what he lacks in size, he makes up in heart. “Anybody that’s small in size — in this game especially— you definitely play with a chip on your shoulder,” he said.
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First Spring Training workout brings worry about Scherzer
WEST PALM BEACH, Fl. — Spring Training is supposed to be about sunshine, warm weather and optimism. The Nationals got all three on the first day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. But a dark cloud appeared with the news that Cy Young winner Max Scherzer is still dealing with discomfort on his pitching hand.
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Murphy, Baker hope to help Zimmerman get back in the swing
WEST PALM BEACH, Fl. — The clubhouse was a lot fuller Friday with position players reporting for Spring Training.
Ryan Zimmerman showed up with a big box of batting gloves, ready to put a disappointing 2016 behind him. He batted just .218 last year, a career low. That was 31 points below his previous worst – which he posted the year before in 2015.
“It happens. I’m gonna learn from it, gonna accept it, and this year move forward and show people I can still play,” he said Friday.
WEST PALM BEACH Fla. — A short memory and always look ahead.It’s a trait most athletes have— a necessary ingredient for survival — as they try and achieve fleeting success. There’s always another season, another game to play.
As he begins Spring Training, the Nationals Bryce Harper says he quickly put last year’s playoff loss to the Dodgers in the rear view mirror.
“The day after, you’re going home, so you better get over it as quick as possible. You try to get by it, get past it,” Harper said.