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Nats' Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PED users in past

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Nats' Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PED users in past

More than a month after the Al Jazeera report implicating Ryan Zimmerman and others in a story about performance enhancing drugs, Zimmerman has yet to comment in detail on the allegations. He has instead let a lawsuit he has filed against the network on the matter speak for itself.

But in the past, Zimmerman has spoken extensively about PEDs and those who have been accused of using them. There were two stories in particular that got Zimmerman talking on the subject. One was in 2012 when Ryan Braun - a member of the same 2005 draft class and a friend of Zimmerman's - was reported to have failed a drug test. The second was in 2013 when teammate Gio Gonalez was linked to banned substances through the Biogenesis scandal, along with Braun who was accused again.

Zimmerman's comments on Gonzalez and Braun share insight into how he feels about PEDs in general. It is fair to say that he has had some strong opinions on the matter.

In spring training of 2012, Zimmerman had this to say about Braun's allegations:

"This is our livelihood... That's the biggest thing that can be put on you that takes away your reputation and everything you've ever worked for. You get [accused] once in your career, you're screwed for the rest of your life. Everyone's always going to remember that."

"I think the drug system has done a very good job... There's literally no drugs in the game. If you're doing drugs, you're taking a huge risk and you're more than likely going to get caught. So I think the system has done its job."

In July of 2013, Zimmerman further discussed Braun and PED use with The Washington Post:

"I don’t want to say it’s unfortunate, because they did it to themselves... I don’t think there’s any room in the game for it. For me, if you have nothing to worry about, then you shouldn’t care what the penalties are."

"I think the guys that who are affected are the 24th, 25th guys on the roster... I feel bad for guys that are right on the fringe of making the team, and someone else used that for a couple years and took that away from them.”

And here is what Zimmerman said after Gonzalez was cleared from the Biogenesis report:

"Any time you’re on a list like that or suspected of something, I would imagine it weighs on you a little bit... To be cleared and be able to put it in the past and not have to worry about it anymore is, I'm sure, a great feeling. It's good for him, it's great for us, and hopefully we won't have to worry about it anymore with anyone in here."

Zimmerman will likely address the matter at some point, but these quotes demonstrate well his feelings on PEDs in general.

[RELATED: MLB wants Anti-doping Agency investigation for Al Jazeera PED report]

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

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Nationals Spring Training Schedule 2018

Now that pitchers and catchers have reported, the next step in our long journey to Opening Day is the spring training games themselves. Not every game is televised, so get ready to follow along with your favorite beat writer's Twitter account for all your updates.

Even without getting to watch the games, it'll still be exciting to once again check box scores in the morning to see if Bryce Harper homered again, or if Max Scherzer is perfect through 4 innings (spoiler: both of these will happen).

This year's spring training will be especially interesting, considering how many big-name players will be signing contracts in the next few weeks. The Nats are always willing to make a big splash, and even beyond the available free agents, have been linked to impact players like J.T. Realmuto in trade rumors.

Typically, the excitement of adding a new piece to the roster has to be reignited after a long winter off, but this season, those additions will be happening while camp is already underway.

It's going to be a hectic few weeks as teams prepare for their seasons, so bookmark this page to check on the Nationals spring training schedule over the next few weeks as the team finally takes the field in 2018.

Nationals 2018 Spring Training Schedule

Friday, Feb. 23 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Saturday, Feb. 24 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Feb. 25 - Braves at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Feb. 26 - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Feb. 27 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Feb. 28 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 1 (SS) - Nationals at Braves, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 2 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Saturday, Mar. 3 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Tigers at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 4 (SS) - Nationals at Mets, 1:10 pm
Monday, Mar. 5 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 6 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 10 - Nationals at Astros, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 11 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Monday, Mar. 12 - Nationals at Tigers, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 13 (SS) - Mets at Nationals, 7:05 pm (MLBN) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 15 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Friday, Mar. 16 (SS) - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MASN)
Saturday, Mar. 17 - Mets at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 18 - Nationals at Cardinals, 1:05 pm
Monday, Mar. 19 - Nationals at Marlins, 1:05 pm
Tuesday, Mar. 20 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Wednesday, Mar. 21 - Astros at Nationals, 1:05 pm (ESPN2) (MASN)
Thursday, Mar. 22 - Nationals at Mets, 6:10 pm
Friday, Mar. 23 (SS) - Astros at Nationals, 6:05 pm (MASN)
Friday, Mar. 23 - Nationals at Marlins, 7:05 pm
Saturday, Mar. 24 - Marlins at Nationals, 1:05 pm
Sunday, Mar. 25 - Cardinals at Nationals, 1:05 pm (MLBN)
Tuesday, Mar. 27 (at Nationals Park) - Twins at Nationals, 4:05 pm