It’s a new year and that means spring training is around the corner. This year, the Nationals will report to a new facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., slightly earlier than usual: Pitchers and catchers will report Feb. 14, and position players will report Feb. 17.
Last year, the entire Nationals roster had to report by Feb. 23. Why are teams reporting earlier this year? Because the World Baseball Classic, the fourth in history, will disrupt spring training. The WBC’s first game — Israel vs. Korea in Seoul — is scheduled for March 6. Games in the Western Hemisphere begin on March 9 in Miami and Jalisco, Mexico.