It may be chilly in the mid-Atlantic, but there are warm thoughts ahead. Like Florida-warm. Specifically, the planned community of Viera, home to Space Coast Stadium and spring training headquarters of the Nationals.
The Nationals have announced their reporting dates for the 2012 edition of spring training. Pitchers and catchers report Feb. 19, position players are due in Feb. 23 and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 23.
Now, if the club will just announce its Grapefruit League schedule, the good denizens of NatsTown can begin making their airline, hotel and Auto Train reservations.
You can find an unofficial spring training schedule here, if you want to get a head start on those travel plans.