Kicking off the 2011 campaign

With the 2011 season in full swing and his team wrapping up a 12-game swing against NL East opponents, Nats manager Jim Riggleman found time to chat with MASNsports.com’s Ben Goessling for his first video blog of the year.

Jim discussed the emphasis that the Nationals have put on their team speed and defensive effort, and touched on how the injury to All-Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has affected the overall makeup of the Nats, both offensively and defensively.

Then, there’s the ever-popular topic of the closer’s role. The Nats’ skipper has two viable options in ninth inning situations in Drew Storen and Sean Burnett, and he shared how he’ll determine who will earn the save situations going forward.

If you have a question for Jim, feel free to drop it in the comment box below, and he might answer it in his next video blog!