Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: AdamKilgoreWP and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Sports and Redskins  |  RSS

Nationals release 2010 spring training schedule

If you're planning a trip to lovely Viera, Fla. in the spring, or thinking about doing so, you can now start plotting your itinerary, as the Nationals released their 2010 spring training schedule.

The ongoing defection of Grapefruit League teams to the Cactus League has made it more difficult to piece together a schedule, and aside from a home-and-home arrangement against the New York Yankees (March 12 in Viera, March 24 in Tampa) and a pair of tune-up exhibitions against the Boston Red Sox (April 2 in Fort Myers, April 3 at Nationals Park in D.C.), the Nationals play only six teams all spring: the Detroit Tigers, New York Mets, St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins, Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.

Here's the full press release and the schedule:

The Washington Nationals today announced their 2010 Spring Training schedule, which is highlighted by a home matchup against the World Champion New York Yankees on March 12 and will conclude with an exhibition tilt against the Boston Red Sox on April 3 at Nationals Park in Washington, DC.

The Florida-based portion of the Nationals' spring schedule is comprised of 32 Grapefruit League contests, including 15 home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, FL. It will commence on March 4 with split-squad games against the Florida Marlins in Jupiter, FL, and Houston Astros in Kissimmee, FL. The Nationals will host the New York Mets for their spring home opener on March 6 then will square off against the Yankees on March 12 at Space Coast Stadium.

Washington will play host to the Red Sox on April 3 at Nationals Park, marking the third straight season that the Nation's Capital will host a baseball exhibition prior to Opening Day. The Nationals kicked off the 2008 and '09 campaigns with exhibition contests against the Baltimore Orioles.

The team's report/workout dates are as follows: pitchers/catchers report (February 19), position players report (February 24), first full-squad workout (February 26).

Individual-game tickets for the Nationals' spring contests at Space Coast Stadium, excluding the March 12 home game against the Yankees, will be available beginning on January 23 at 10:00 a.m. They can be purchased at the Space Coast Stadium Box Office, online at nationals.com , or by calling 321.633.9200. Season tickets, group tickets and suites are on sale now and can be reserved by calling 321.633.9200. Purchase options for the March 12 Nationals-Yankees contest will be announced at a later date.

Tickets for the Nationals-Red Sox game on April 3 at Nationals Park will be available to the public when individual-game tickets for the 2010 season go on sale in February. Fans interested in season ticket plans at Nationals Park for the 2010 home season may purchase full (82), half (42) and partial (22) packages online at nationals.com/tickets or by calling 202.675.NATS(6287) - option #1. Tickets to the exhibition game against the Red Sox are included in each plan for half price.

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2010 SPRING TRAINING TICKET PRICES

IND GAME PRICE SEAT LOCATION SEASON TICKET PRICE PER GAME

$24 Batter's Box Seats $22

$20 Box ..................................................................... $18

$17 Reserved ............................................................. $15

$10 Reserved Bleachers ............................................. N/A

$21-$24* Berm ................................................................... N/A............................................................................

* Price depending on group size and includes all-you-can-eat buffet, must be purchased 48 hours prior to game, based on availability

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2010 SPRING TRAINING SCHEDULE

DATE DAY OPPONENT LOCATION TIME

March 4 Thursday Florida Marlins (SS) Jupiter, FL 1:10 PM

Houston Astros (SS) Kissimmee, FL 1:05 pm

March 5 Friday Atlanta Braves Orlando, FL TBD

MARCH 6 SATURDAY NEW YORK METS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 7 Sunday New York Mets Port St. Lucie, FL 1:10 pm

MARCH 8 MONDAY FLORIDA MARLINS (SS) VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

MARCH 9 TUESDAY DETROIT TIGERS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 10 Wednesday St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, FL TBD

MARCH 11 THURSDAY HOUSTON ASTROS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

MARCH 12 FRIDAY NEW YORK YANKEES VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 13 Saturday Houston Astros (SS) Kissimmee, FL TBD

MARCH 14 SUNDAY ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

MARCH 15 MONDAY ATLANTA BRAVES VIERA, FL 7:05 PM

MARCH 16 TUESDAY FLORIDA MARLINS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, FL TBD

March 17 Wednesday Houston Astros Kissimmee, FL TBD

March 18 Thursday * * * Off Day * * *

MARCH 19 FRIDAY ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (SS) VIERA, FL 7:05 PM

MARCH 20 SATURDAY FLORIDA MARLINS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 21 Sunday Florida Marlins Jupiter, FL 1:10 pm

MARCH 22 MONDAY NEW YORK METS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 23 Tuesday Detroit Tigers Lakeland, FL 6:05 pm

March 24 Wednesday New York Yankees Tampa, FL TBD

MARCH 25 THURSDAY DETROIT TIGERS (SS) VIERA, FL 7:05 PM

MARCH 26 FRIDAY ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 27 Saturday Atlanta Braves Orlando, FL TBD

New York Mets Port St. Lucie, FL 1:10 pm

MARCH 28 SUNDAY ATLANTA BRAVES VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

MARCH 29 MONDAY NEW YORK METS (SS) VIERA, FL 1:05 PM

March 30 Tuesday Florida Marlins Jupiter, FL 1:10 pm

March 31 Wednesday St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, FL TBD

April 1 Thursday New York Mets Port St. Lucie, FL 12:10 pm

April 2 Friday Boston Red Sox Ft. Myers, FL TBD

APRIL 3 SATURDAY BOSTON RED SOX WASHINGTON, DC * 4:05 PM

Home games in CAPS

* denotes game at Nationals Park (Washington, DC)

By Dave Sheinin  |  December 3, 2009; 11:54 AM ET
Categories:  Jim Riggleman  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: A closer look at the Olsen decision
Next: Rizzo hires his pops

Comments

Chip Caray just released by TBS(i think) any thoughts on him replacing Bob Carpenter in the tv booth.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 3, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

CIL makes a strong case against Chip Cary. And he doesn't even like Carpenter.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 3, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, somebody had commented about Caray's departure in an earlier post, but there's been no news as far as the Nats' tv broadcast that I'm aware of.

In other news, I get quite giddy upon seeing a Spring Training schedule. If the winter meetings come, can spring be far behind?

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 12:16 PM | Report abuse

So, evidently I owe natbiscuits a Coke now. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Washington's team ERA was an even 5.0 last season, bad enough for 28th in the league.

If more shoes were being tied, maybe the Nats wouldn't have finished in baseball's basement.

-----

It is just amazing the cost of a pitcher just over .500 in 2006 with a 4.0 era. Simply amazing. If you can tie your shoes you get millions.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 3, 2009 12:24 PM | Report abuse

OK, Opening Day, I'll be in section 110.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 3, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

When does Strasburg pitch?

Posted by: comish4lif | December 3, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

ESPN the magazine will have a great article on Strasburg/Storen in the Dec. 13 issue. If you are an insider member you can read it now on espn.com.

Posted by: cokedispatch | December 3, 2009 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I wonder at what point they'll have to start scheduling Gulf Coast teams like the Pirates and Rays. They can't be looking forward to road trips in spring training, or seven-hour round trip bus rides.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 3, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Of course, it's better in a Porsche with Blaupunkt.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 3, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

According to mlb.com, the Phillies just inked Polanco to a 3 year deal worth around $18M.

Posted by: erocks33 | December 3, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Natbiscuits, look us up beginning 3/8 at Marlins game (Sec. 110 back row, h'cap accessible is where we always try to get tix). Adding NYY game 3/12 makes me glad we booked condo for 3/6-3/20. But I'll continue to miss seeing LAD and CLE games.

Posted by: JamesWebster | December 3, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I haven't bought my spring training tickets yet but it sounds like Section 110 is where I want to be. Even though I prefer sitting by first base to sitting behind home plate, I think I'll like the company in Sec. 110.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

1a1, make it two cokes and I'll carry them over to Sec. 110 from the concession stand in Viera for you.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 2:04 PM | Report abuse

I would love to have Chip Carey with the Nationals. Can he play second? I mean we don't need another third baseman while we have Zimmerman... mmmmm? What did you say? Play by Play? Not Chipper Jones... *turning red*... never mind.

Posted by: garyolney | December 3, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Spring Training Baseball? And an all-you-can-eat buffet? Wonder what the food is like? Anyone know?

Posted by: periculum | December 3, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Okay, that's two cokes in sec110; one in Viera, and one in DC. Now to convince my husband to make a spring training trip in March. I hear that Viera is beautiful in March, honey. hmmm... I need to work on the incentive program. The fishing is awesome? hmmm...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

natsfan1a1, one of the final space shuttle launches is scheduled for March 18, which is an off day for the Nationals. Plus, There's a place a couple of miles from Space Coast Stadium with, I'm told, killer barbecue -- and they brew their own beer.

If he's a typical male and baseball, a rocket launch, barbecue and beer don't get him interested in visiting Viera, hold a mirror up to his nostrils to make sure he's still breathing.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I would also have mentioned the Florida beach scene (spelled b-i-k-i-n-i) but your husband is married.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

According to mlb.com, the Phillies just inked Polanco to a 3 year deal worth around $18M.

Posted by: erocks33 | December 3, 2009 1:43 PM

*****************

Nooooooooooo! I had hope for that one. Waaaaaah.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

At SI.com John Manuel of Baseball America ranks the farm systems. Nats are 26th. Yeesh.

The five worst systems

26. Nationals: They have the best prospect in the game in No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg, plus solid talents in catcher Derek Norris, right-hander Drew Storen and shortstop Danny Espinosa. Beyond that, though, the Nats have very little help, especially at the upper levels, which is a pity considering the state of the big-league roster.

Posted by: Drew8 | December 3, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"...one of the final space shuttle launches is scheduled for March 18..."

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:19 PM

**********

Make sure Sheinin (aka Boom-Boom) gets plenty of notice.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I know it's a smaller ballpark but has anyone else noticed that the cheapest ticket at Space Coast is twice the price of the cheapest ticket at Nationals Park (assuming the day of game grandstand seats at Nats Park remain five bucks for 2010).

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"...one of the final space shuttle launches is scheduled for March 18..."

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:19 PM

**********

Make sure Sheinin (aka Boom-Boom) gets plenty of notice.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 3:22 PM

-------------

If Boom-Boom reads this discussion he's gotten more than three months notice, including the news that it's on an off day for the team.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course, it's better in a Porsche with Blaupunkt.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | December 3, 2009 1:38 PM
___________

Only if it's a quadrophonic Blaupunkt.

Posted by: TomServo | December 3, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Dan Steinberg is apparently building up to a "what's the greatest sports moment of the decade in D.C." question on the Washington Post's "Sports Bog", just a couple of clicks away from here. The thread is titled "People still love Byron Mouton"

Steinberg said he and a couple of others have been discussing it ("more on that next week") but his choice was Maryland's NCAA basketball championship. I posted a comment saying, no, the greatest sports moment of the last ten years was the return of baseball to D.C.

Any reason more folks can't chime in? He's always talking about wanting more traffic on his blog.

Posted by: greggwiggins | December 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

...crickets...

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

I'll pass that info along, Gregg. Just because he's married doesn't mean he's blind. :-)

The crickets were for the Bog, btw.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

When Steinblow admits that the Nats exist beyond the curiosity level then I'll pitch in to help his numbers. Until then I'm sticking to the sidelines!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | December 3, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Yea, sorry. I got no love for Steinberg's Bog either. You're on your own wigman. =)

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

He admits to being a click wh*re. Then he posts sarcastic posts bashing the team and then wonders why Nats fans don't give him more clicks.

And then has the nerve to say as soon as they win, he'll jump on board.

So insulting on so many levels.

Posted by: NatsNut | December 3, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't bet on the Space Shuttle discontinuing, although who knows what will happen. Some engineers are convinced that Shuttle flights should continue given that they still have 2/3rds of their useful life left. (These are newer members of the fleet).

Given the problems, and expense associated with the various replacement attempts, the latest Constellation (Ares, Orion and Altair : read Saturn I, V, Apollo and LEM) is under intense scrutiny and review. I suspect Obama will take a middle road with both alternatives under cheaper scenarios.

Imagine Saturn V / moon inception to launch in around 7 or 8 years. It has taken far more than that just to get a test rocket off on October 28th. We spend way too much time inventing new processes in order to build anything done ... and so even modest space projects are doomed to failure unless they are run on a shoe string with a small motivated staff who are allowed and empowered to improvise rapidly. Where elegant simplicity rules because there isn't time for elaborate complexity.

Posted by: periculum | December 3, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Catchers are drying up with Shoppach, Coste, Schneider, LaRue, Blanco, etc. gone or almost gone. I know these are backups, but we probably need 2.

Braves sign Saito/Wagner, Phils sign Polanco/others, Mets active, FL has stud prospects, Nats.......

Posted by: goexpos2 | December 3, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

goexpos2: The viable FA players at "positions of need" (C, 2B/SS) do seem to be drying up rapidly. I also note that there are very few references on MLBTR.com regarding the Nationals; One only hopes that Rizzo & Co. have a few trade possibilities in the works for next week in Indy.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

BinM, the one reference I saw was that the Nats are interested in Soriano/Gonzalez. I think that money (and loss of 2nd round pick) is better spent elsewhere. I did like the "interested in Nolasco" rumor.....

Posted by: goexpos2 | December 3, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I like Steinbog.

You can revoke my NJ passport now, if you wish.

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 3, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

goexpos2: Gonzalez (32) or Soriano (30), both Type-A compensation to ATL, plus a multi-year deal at $5-7M per for either one; Hmmmm... no thanks. I think I'd rather roll the dice with MacDougal / Burnett & Arbitration, with Storen in camp as a STI. Granted, MacDougal's W-K ratio was crappy in 2009 (0.84:1), but his GO/FO was wicked (2.97:1), his BAA was .245, and he was 20 of 21 in saves.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

You can have a pass, JiM, but only because we like you so much. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | December 3, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Phew.

(Just don't read what I wrote over at the Bog.)

Posted by: JohninMpls | December 3, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

C'mon John - Don't tease the lead - Just give us the Cliff Notes version.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

natsfan1a1, gregwiggins, natbiscuits:
Shuttle sked for 3/18 is always weather dependent. I have a great photo of a launch in 2007 from Satellite Beach (FYI, lots of good food on there on hwy a1a.)

Posted by: JamesWebster | December 3, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

New post - new hire.

Posted by: BinM | December 3, 2009 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company