Washington Nationals taxi squad to practice in Fredericksburg
News release from the Fredericksburg Nationals:
The Washington Nationals (“Nationals”) have begun practicing and training for their 60-man roster for the start of 2020 Major League Season. The players will be training at Nationals Park in Washington leading up to an opening day game scheduled for July 23 or 24.
The Nationals announced today that their alternate site for players will be hosted at the Fredericksburg Nationals (“FredNats”) new ballpark in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The FredNats began construction of their ballpark last summer, and the new ballpark will provide first-class clubhouse and training facilities for the Nationals’ player pool, who are the additional Nationals players beyond the players assigned to Nationals Park.
The Nationals expressed their appreciation to the FredNats and their ownership group, the Silber family. Mark Scialabba, the Nationals’ Assistant General Manager, Player Development, stated: “The FredNats have built a wonderful new ballpark which will host our affiliate in the future. It will serve as an outstanding facility to help our players continue their development and prepare them to potentially join our Major League Club.”
Art Silber, Chairman of the FredNats, stated “While we are disappointed that no minor league games will be played in our ballpark this season, we are very excited to host the Nationals’ additional players to break in our facility. There is tremendous pride and excitement in Fredericksburg about the opening of our new ballpark, our relationship with the World Champion Nationals, and now serving as a venue for the Nationals to train in Fredericksburg.”
The Nationals will start practices and training in Fredericksburg tomorrow. At present, all practices and baseball related activities by the Nationals in Fredericksburg are closed to the public and media consistent with MLB guidance to ensure the health and safety of the players.
All media requests regarding the Nationals players and other baseball related activities in Fredericksburg should be directed to the Nationals, Jennifer.Giglio@nationals.com and Kyle.Brostowitz@nationals.com.
Press inquiries regarding the FredNats, their ballpark, and future events to be held at their ballpark should be directed to the FredNats Marketing Coordinator Paige Honaker at email@example.com.