Washington Nationals: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

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SPRING TRAINING ON THE SPACE COAST

Stephen Strasburg and the rest of the Nationals’ pitching staff, along with their catchers, report to Spring Training in Viera, Florida. Click on the above image to view video. (Washington Nationals video image)

BASEBALLNEWSSOURCE.COM – Would the Washington Nationals have won the franchise’s first World Series title in 2012 if ace Stephen Strasburg was not shut down for the season before the playoffs arrived?

That is a subject for debate that will remain vibrant in D.C. for decades, and it is a question without a definitive answer. The Nationals captured the National League East title but then fell to St. Louis, 3-2, in the NLDS.

Benching A Healthy Strasburg Beyond Ridiculous

Repeating as NL East champions will not be easy. Atlanta is greatly improved and Philadelphia will be a contender if its core players avoid the disabled list. If the Nationals do reach the postseason in 2013, one decision is certain – Strasburg will be part of the rotation.

Spring Training Set For Space Coast Stadium

Featuring a capacity of 8,100 fans, Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida is the spring training home of the Washington Nationals.

Featuring a capacity of 8,100 fans, Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida is the spring training home of the Washington Nationals. (Washington Nationals video image)

The facility was built in 1993 and is located in Viera, Fla. After spring training ends, Space Coast Stadium houses the Brevard County Manatees, which is the Florida State League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

As the name implies, Space Coast Stadium is named to recognize NASA’s achievements over the past three plus decades, and the space theme is seen in every corner of the ballpark.

Visitors who drive the ocean side road that stretches along the 72 miles of Florida’s Space Coast’s untamed beaches quickly realize that this destination is different from any other Florida destination.

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