Grapefruit League action in the FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, FL starts up again on Saturday, February 23, 2019 when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros in their shared Spring Training home. It will be the first of 15 home games the Nationals will play next Spring in their 30-game schedule (with two more games in the West Palm park as the visiting team against the Astros).
The move to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches was made, in part, to cut down on the travel time for the Nationals, who note in today’s press release that, “combined with five visits to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. to face the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, 22 of Washington’s 30 Spring Training games will take place within Palm Beach County.”
The big question, of course, is how Ryan Zimmerman will handle Spring Training this time around... kidding, of course [winky face emoticon].
Highlights of the Grapefruit League schedule include home games each Saturday during Spring Training, and a stretch of, “... six games at their home park in the span of nine days, March 5th through March 13th,” if anyone is looking for a good week to travel down to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
The Grapefruit League schedule wraps up with split-squad action on March 24th with some of the Nationals in Port St. Lucie, FL to face the New York Mets and the rest of Washington’s roster playing Houston, “... in the final game of the 2019 campaign at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.”
After that, the Nationals will play the New York Yankees in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park for an exhibition game on March 25th before the regular season schedule starts on the 28th of March with the New York Mets in town for a three-game set.