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Washington Nationals Established 1969 Based in Washington since 2005 • RFK Memorial Stadium (2005-2007) • Hiram Bithorn Stadium[2] (San Juan) (2003-2004) • Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977-2004) • Jarry Park (Montreal) (1969-1976)
[2] - The Expos played twenty-two home games in San Juan during the 2003 and 2004 seasons, and the remainder in Montreal.

Major league titles World Series titles (0) NL Pennants (0) Team Logo Cap Insignia Major league affiliations • • Current uniform East Division titles (1)

None None 1981

Wild card berths (0)


[3] - In 1981, a players’ strike in the middle of the season forced the season to be split into two halves. Montreal won the division in the second half, despite having the second best record in the division when considering the entire season, two games behind St. Louis. [4] - In 1994, a players’ strike wiped out the last eight weeks of the season and all post-season. Montreal was in first place in the East Division by six games when play was stopped. No official titles were awarded in 1994.

Owner(s): Ted Lerner Manager: Manny Acta General Manager: Stan Kasten, Mike Rizzo (interim)

Retired Numbers Colors • Name • • Montreal Expos (1969-2004) Other nicknames •


[1] - This nickname stems from a April 17, 2009 incident where Majestic Athletic mistakenly omitted the "O" on the Nationals’ jerseys for Adam Dunn and Ryan Zimmerman.

Ballpark •

The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C., United States. The Nationals are a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball’s National League. The team moved into the newly-built Nationals Park in 2008, after playing their first three seasons in RFK Stadium. The new park is located in Southeast D.C. near the Anacostia River and with views of the Capitol.[1] The Nationals name originates from the two former Washington baseball teams who held the same name (used interchangeably with Senators). They are nicknamed "the Nats," a shortened version of the Nationals name that was also used by the old D.C. teams.


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An expansion franchise, the club was founded in Montreal, Quebec in 1969. The then-Montreal Expos were the first major league team in Canada. They played their home games at Jarry Park Stadium and later in Olympic Stadium. The team saw very little success, their most successful season coming in the strike-shortened season of 1994. They had the best record in baseball when the season was cut short, and were regarded by many to have been the team to beat that year. This may have been the death blow for baseball in Montreal, although the team did stay in Quebec for 10 more seasons. After the 2001 season, Major League Baseball even considered shutting the team down (along with either the Minnesota Twins or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays).[2][3] The team finally left before the 2005 season, moving to Washington to become the Nationals. This was the first complete name change for a relocating team in Major League Baseball since 1972, when the Washington Senators left D.C. to become the Texas Rangers. They are one of three teams (the others being the aforementioned Rangers and the Seattle Mariners) never to have played in a World Series, never having officially won a league championship. They won a division championship, and advanced to the National League Championship Series, in their only playoff appearance, which was under the strange circumstances of the strike-shortened 1981 season.

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the decimated fan base, a difficulty in selling broadcasting rights, and numerous other issues led to the team being bought by MLB in 2002.

Relocation to Washington
Numerous professional baseball teams have called Washington D.C. home. The Washington Senators, a founding member of the American League, played in the nation’s capital from 1901 to 1960. These Senators were founded and owned by Clark Griffith and played in Griffith Stadium. With notable stars including Walter Johnson and Joe Cronin, the Senators won the 1924 World Series and pennants in 1925 and 1933, but were more often unsuccessful and moved to Minnesota for the 1961 season. A second Washington Senators (1961–1971) had a winning record only once in their 11 years, though bright spots, such as slugger Frank Howard, earned the love of fans. The second Senators moved to Texas for the 1972 season, and Washington spent the next 33 years without a baseball team. After several years in a holding pattern, MLB began actively looking for a relocation site for the Expos. Some of the choices included Oklahoma City; Washington, D.C.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Monterrey, Mexico; Portland, Oregon; Northern Virginia; Norfolk, Virginia; New Jersey; and Charlotte, North Carolina. In the decision-making process, Commissioner Bud Selig added Las Vegas, Nevada to the list of potential Expos homes. On September 29, 2004, MLB officially announced that the Expos would move to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The move was approved by the owners of the other teams in a 28–1 vote on December 3 (Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos cast the sole dissenting vote). In addition, on November 15, 2004, a lawsuit by the former team owners against MLB and former majority owner Jeffrey Loria was struck down by arbitrators, ending legal moves to keep the Expos in Montreal. Although there was some sentiment to revive the name Senators, political considerations factored into the choice of Nationals, a revival of the first American League franchise’s "official" nickname used from 1905 to 1956.[4] Politicians in the District of Columbia objected to the name Senators

Montreal Expos (1969–2004)
The Montreal Expos joined the National League in 1969, along with the San Diego Padres. After a decade of losses, the team became a winner in the early 1980s, winning their only division championship in the strikeshortened split season of 1981. That team lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 3–2 in the National League Championship Series. After several mediocre years in the late 1980s, the team rebounded in the early 1990s. In 1994, the Expos, led by a talented group of players including Larry Walker, Moisés Alou, Marquis Grissom and Pedro Martínez, had the best record in the major leagues before the strike forced the cancellation of the remainder of the season. After the disappointment of 1994, the Expos began to lose players, money and fans. Ownership squabbles,


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because the District of Columbia does not have voting representation in Congress. Another reason was the Texas Rangers (the second Washington Senators team) still owned the rights to the "Senators" name.

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Opposition from the Orioles
The move was announced despite opposition from Peter Angelos, owner of the nearby Baltimore Orioles. Since 1972, the Orioles had been the only MLB franchise in the Baltimore-Washington area, which he considered a single market in spite of vastly different cultures and populations in the two cities. Angelos contended that the Orioles would suffer financially if another team were allowed to enter the market. Critics objected that the Orioles and the Washington Senators had shared the market successfully from 1954 through 1971. This reasoning disturbed many in Washington who recalled that it was the Griffith family, owners of the Washington Senators, who allowed the St. Louis Browns to move to Baltimore in 1954 in the first place. On March 31, 2005, Angelos and Major League Baseball struck a deal to protect the Orioles against any financial harm the Nationals might present. Under the terms of the deal, television and radio broadcast rights to Nationals games are handled by the Orioles franchise, who formed a new network (the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network) to produce and distribute the games for both franchises on both local affiliates and cable/satellite systems. MASN was not, however, immediately available on all cable providers, adding to the frustration of Nationals fans. In fact, most in the DC area missed almost the entirety of the Nationals first two seasons. The deal with Angelos makes the Nationals the only major league baseball team which does not own their own broadcast rights.

Nationals at bat against the San Diego Padres in RFK Stadium. conducted by the Washington Post during the peak of the controversy found that approximately two-thirds of District residents opposed the mayor’s stadium plan. Much of the controversy centered on the fact that the city would be helping finance a $581 million stadium without state or county support, despite the fact that a large portion of the team’s fan base would be drawn from the surrounding Maryland and Virginia suburbs.[5] (The District of Columbia is not part of any state or county; the city is administered as a territory directly by the United States federal government, with the city council serving as the territorial legislature.) During December 2004, the move to Washington itself was called into doubt when the D.C. Council sought to change details of the stadium’s financing. When the Council voted on December 14 to require 50 percent private financing for any new stadium, MLB ceased promotional activities for the Nationals and announced that they would consider looking for a new market. Eventually, the council passed an amended plan on December 21, 2004 that proved slightly more financially favorable to the city, while remaining acceptable to MLB. Mayor Williams signed the stadium financing package on December 30. During the 2005 season, a private financing plan for construction of the stadium was negotiated between the city and a syndicate of bankers led by Deutsche Bank. The negotiations of the details ran into another problem in November 2005. The bankers requested a letter of credit or other financial guarantee of $24 million US, $6 million for each of four years, ensuring payment of lease revenues

The ballpark controversy
The team’s relocation to Washington was contingent on a financing plan for the Nationals’ new stadium — this plan quickly became the subject of much debate on the D.C. Council. Three Council members who supported Mayor Anthony Williams’s plan were ousted in September 2004’s Democratic party primary. In addition, an opinion poll


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against various risks including poor attendance and terrorism. The city requested that Major League Baseball provide this guarantee, which they were unwilling to do. On December 22, 2005, the Post reported that Major League Baseball had specifically instructed prospective owners not to offer to pay cost overruns on the stadium if they were selected as the owners. Bidders were also told not to communicate with the press about these issues. In February 2006, the DC City Council imposed a $611 million cap on the stadium. Finally, on March 5, Major League Baseball signed a lease for a new ballpark, agreeing to the city’s $611 million cap. MLB also agreed to contribute $20 million toward the cost of the stadium, although it did not agree to cover stadium overruns. Further, MLB added the condition that excess ballpark tax revenue earmarked for debt service for the bonds to be available for cost overruns. Two days later, on March 7 the DC City Council, by a vote of 9–4, approved a construction contract for a state-of-the-art stadium with a contemporary glass-and-stone facade, seats for 41,000 fans and a view of the U.S. Capitol, and affirmed its demand that public spending on the project be limited to $611 million. The votes were the final actions needed to satisfy the terms of the deal struck in September 2004, paving the way for the sale of the team. Major League Baseball had agreed at the time that the franchise was moved to Washington, DC, to sell the team to an owner or ownership syndicate. Several dates for sale of the team were set and missed due to the legal wrangling regarding the building of the stadium. The delay was harshly criticized by city residents and leaders as reported in the Washington Post. Selecting from a finalized group of three potential ownership syndicates, Major League Baseball announced in July 2006 that it had chosen the Lerner Enterprises group, led by billionaire real-estate developer Theodore N. Lerner. The final sale price of the team was $450 million and the transfer of ownership was completed July 24, 2006. In late September 2006, Comcast finally agreed to broadcast the Nationals games.

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Then president George W. Bush throws out a ceremonial first pitch in 2005. • On April 4, 2005, Brad Wilkerson (after being the last player to ever wear a Montreal Expo jersey) had the honor of being the first batter for the Washington Nationals and he promptly responded with the first hit in the new team’s history. Nevertheless, Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched 5 2/3 effective innings, leading the home team Philadelphia Phillies to an 8–4 victory over the new Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. (Lieber was credited with the win for the Phillies and would also score a win for Philadelphia in the last game of the 2005 Nationals season.) Outfielder Terrmel Sledge hit the Nationals’ first home run in the April 4 contest. • On April 6, 2005, the Washington Nationals recorded their first-ever regular season win by beating the Phillies, 7–3. The win came in their second game of the season and was highlighted by Wilkerson hitting for the cycle. • On April 14, 2005, the Washington Nationals won their first regular season home game at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C, by a score of 5–3 against

Notable firsts from the 2005 season

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the Arizona Diamondbacks. President George W. Bush kept up a tradition of sitting U.S. Presidents by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on opening day in Washington, exactly 95 years after William Howard Taft started the tradition at Griffith Stadium. There were 45,596 fans in attendance, including former Senators players and Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig. Liván Hernández threw eight shutout innings, and Vinny Castilla was denied the chance to hit for the cycle when Diamondback reliever Lance Cormier hit him with a pitch in the bottom of the eighth; Castilla needed only a single to complete the cycle. Chad Cordero recorded the save for Washington. On August 4, 2005, Brad Wilkerson became the first Washington Nationals player to ever hit a grand slam, against then Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher, Duaner Sanchez. The Nationals won the game 7–0, on a four-hit complete game shutout by John Patterson. During his August-September callup, Ryan Zimmerman recorded 23 hits in 58 at bats. He thus became the first member of the Washington Nationals to complete the season with a batting average of at least .300 in at least 50 at bats. The Nationals led all National League teams in interleague play in 2005, recording 12 wins. At the halfway mark of the season, the Nationals were in first place in the National League East division, with a record of 50–31.

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the first day-night doubleheader in Washington Nationals history. • On Labor Day, September 4, 2006 Ramon Ortiz takes a no-hitter into the ninth inning vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, yet gives up a single to Aaron Miles on his 2nd pitch in the 9th to break up his nohitter. Then he gave up a home run to Albert Pujols, which ended his chance to get his second ever career shutout. Ortiz himself also hit a home run in the 8th inning into the bullpen beyond the leftfield fence at RFK. The Nationals won 5–2. • September 16, 2006, Alfonso Soriano becomes the fourth player to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in a season when he steals his 40th base in the first inning of a game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers. The other three are José Canseco of the Oakland Athletics in 1988, Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants in 1996, and Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners in 1998. Soriano follows that feat on September 22 by hitting his 40th double vs. the New York Mets, becoming the first member of the "40–40 Club" to also hit 40 doubles in the same season.




Notable moments from the 2007 season
• On April 17, 2007, one day after the shootings on the campus of Virginia Tech where 33 faculty and students were murdered in the largest mass shooting in US history, the Nationals wore Virginia Tech baseball hats as they hosted the Atlanta Braves.[7] The idea was e-mailed to team President Stan Kasten by Nats fan Dave Lanham following the shootings. One of these hats was sent to the National Baseball Hall of Fame to be displayed[8]. • On May 12, 2007, the Nationals hosted the Florida Marlins. Tied 3–3 in the bottom of the ninth Marlins pitcher Jorge Julio faced Ryan Zimmerman with the bases loaded and two outs. Zimmerman hit the 2-2 pitch over the right-center field wall for the walk-off grand slam.[9]. Also during this game, right fielder Austin Kearns hit the Nationals’ first inside-thepark home run. The game is further notable for ending at 1:42AM after two separate extended rain delays. • On August 7, 2007, Washington Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik allowed Barry Bonds’


Notable moments from the 2006 season
• On Father’s Day, June 18, 2006, the paid attendance was 45,157, the second-largest ever to see a single baseball game in the history of RFK stadium. In that game, the Nationals beat the New York Yankees 3–2 on a two-run walk-off home run by rookie Ryan Zimmerman. A 1962 doubleheader drew more spectators, as did the Nationals’ first-ever home game with Arizona.[6] • September 2, 2006, the Nationals rally from three runs down in the first game and from five runs down in the second game to take a day–night doubleheader sweep from the Arizona Diamondbacks,


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756th career home run, giving him first place on the career home run list. However, the Nationals won the game 8–6. • On September 23, 2007, the Nationals played their final game at RFK, a 5–3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

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New ownership and "The Plan"
When Ted Lerner took over the club in mid-2006, he hired Stan Kasten as team president. Kasten was widely known as the architect of the Atlanta Braves before and during their run of 14 division titles. Kasten was also the general manager or president of many other Atlanta-area sports teams, such as the Atlanta Thrashers. "The Plan," as it became known, was a long-range rebuilding and restructuring of the team from the ground up. This plan included investing in the farm system and draft picks, and having a suitable team to go along with their new stadium. At the end of the 2006 season, the Nationals did not re-sign free agent and star OF Alfonso Soriano. Soriano signed a $136 million contract with the Cubs, and Washington received two draft picks in return. OF Jose Guillen was also allowed to depart via free agency, and another high draft pick was obtained. Another high priced player, 2B/DH Jose Vidro, was traded to the Seattle Mariners for prospects OF Chris Snelling and RHP Emiliano Fruto. In mid-2006, the Nationals received OF Austin Kearns, 2B/SS Felipe López, and RHP Ryan Wagner from the Reds, giving up LHP Gary Majewski, LHP Bill Bray, SS Royce Clayton, 2B Brendan Harris and RHP Daryl Thompson. In August they traded RHP Liván Hernández to the Arizona Diamondbacks for prospects LHP Matt Chico and RHP Garrett Mock. Other players traded or let go from the 2005 season were OF Preston Wilson, RHP Hector Carrasco, IF Jamey Carroll, and OF Terrmel Sledge. The team also acquired pitching prospects Luis Atilano from Atlanta, Shairon Martis from San Francisco and Jhonny Nunez from the Dodgers. In 2006, they had two first-round draft picks, OF Chris Marrero, and RHP Colten Williams, and signed them both to developmental contracts. The Nationals also signed a 16-yearold Dominican shortstop, Esmailyn Gonzalez, for $1.4 million.[10] Gonzalez was later revealed to be 20 years old at the time of his signing.[11] In the front office, the Nationals hired the well-respected former Arizona scouting director Mike Rizzo to be the vice president of baseball operations, second in charge under then-general manager Jim Bowden.[12]

Notable moments from the 2008 season

Nationals 2008 team during warm up • On March 30, 2008, the Nationals held the grand opening of their new ballpark, Nationals Park, with a rare one game series against the Atlanta Braves. Continuing the tradition, President George W. Bush threw out the ceremonial first pitch to Nationals manager Manny Acta. The Nationals beat the Braves in dramatic fashion when, with two out in the bottom of the 9th inning, Ryan Zimmerman hit a solo walk-off home run off of pitcher Peter Moylan. This gave the Nationals a 3–2 victory. For the record, the first hit was recorded by Cristian Guzman, the first RBI was recorded by Nick Johnson, the first run scored was recorded by Cristian Guzman, the first home run was recorded by the Braves’ Chipper Jones, and the first starting pitchers were Odalis Perez for the Nationals and Tim Hudson for the Braves. President Bush was in the ESPN television booth at the time of Jones’ homer and was the one who called it. • On August 28, 2008, Christian Guzman hit a triple in the bottom of the 8th inning, thereby completing the cycle; only the second cycle in Nationals history. Guzman was later plated on an RBI double by Ryan Zimmerman.


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As for their farm system, the Nationals had a lot of work to do. By the spring of 2007, Baseball America had ranked the Nationals organization as dead last twice in four years in terms of minor league talent.[13] The Nationals had five of the first seventy picks in the 2007 first-year player draft: their own two, and three compensation picks (two from losing Soriano, and one for Guillen). The team selected players that many considered to be four of the top 30 players available.[13] Overall, the Nationals signed all of their top twenty draft picks.[14] One of them, a firstround supplemental pick, Michael Burgess, was, by the end of the year, picked by Baseball America as the top prospect for the entire Gulf Coast League[15]. Their rookie team, Vermont, sent three starting pitchers Colton Willems, Glenn Gibson, and Adrian Alaniz, and two position players, first baseman Bill Rhinehart, and outfielder Aaron Seuss to the New York-Penn League All-Star Game.[16]. By the end of the season, three Vermont pitchers landed in the Top 20 prospects for the New York-Penn League: • 2007 second-round Jordan Zimmermann was ranked #5 • 2006 fourth round LHP Glenn Gibson (later traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for Elijah Dukes) was ranked #9 • 2006 first round RHP Colton Willems was ranked #11.[17]. In the low-A South Atlantic League Top 20, two players made the list: • Chris Marrero was ranked #5 • Justin Maxwell, who played a few games with the Nationals during September, was ranked at #18.[18] In addition, after having no teams in the Dominican Summer League, the Nationals fielded two clubs in 2007, one of which won the DSL Championships[19]

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his ankle while batting and was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Then, in the space of just 10 days in May, Shawn Hill, John Patterson, and Jason Bergmann went on the disabled list. Jerome Williams returned, pitched one game, and went back on the DL with a shoulder injury. The Washington Post’s wrote: "Almost everything that could sink a team’s attitude has befallen the Nationals. They started the year 1–8, then they lost eight in a row to drop to 9-25."[22] They pressed journeymen Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie (a relief pitcher), Tim Redding, and Jason Simontacchi, along with rookie reliever Levale Speigner into the starting rotation, amidst predictions that the 2007 Nationals might equal the 1962 Mets’ record of futility of 120 losses in one season.[23]. The Nationals were also able to top the worst record in the American League set by the 2003 Detroit Tigers season of 43 wins and 119 losses during the same predictions on the season. But the Nationals bounced back, going 24-18 in their next 42 games through June 25. But on that day, a day in which Bergman made his first start off the DL, the Nationals received the news that shortstop Cristian Guzman, their leadoff hitter (and second on the team with a .329 batting average) was lost for the rest of the season due to a thumb injury he received the day before tagging out a runner. The Nationals finished the 2007 season 73–89, improving their record by two more wins than in 2006. In September, the Nationals won five out of six games with the New York Mets, contributing to the Mets’ collapse out of first place.

Quick facts People of note
Baseball Hall of Famers
• 20 Frank Robinson, Manager, 2002-2006, elected for his playing achievements, although he was also the first African American manager in both Major Leagues. Is the only manager to guide the club in both Montreal and Washington, D.C. • 8 Gary Carter, C/OF, 1974-84 & 1992, was the first (and currently the only) member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to be

2007 season: "Pledge Your Allegiance"
After losing four starters (Liván Hernández, Tony Armas, Ramon Ortiz and Pedro Astacio) from the prior year, the Nationals invited an extraordinary 36 pitchers to spring training.[20][21] On Opening Day, the Nationals lost their starting shortstop (Cristian Guzman, hamstring) and center fielder (Nook Logan) for five weeks. At the end of April, one of their starters, Jerome Williams hurt


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depicted with an Expos cap on his Hall of Fame plaque. • 24 Tony Perez, 1B, 1977-79 • Dick Williams, Manager, 1977-81

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• • • • • • • • • Charlie Slowes - radio (2005-present) Dave Shea - radio (2005) Dave Jageler - radio (2006-present) Mel Proctor - TV (2005) Ron Darling - TV (2005) Bob Carpenter - TV (2006-present) Tom Paciorek - TV (2006) Don Sutton - TV (2007-2008) Rob Dibble - TV (2009-present)



Retired numbers

Current roster
Washington Nationals roster Active roster Pitchers
Starting rotation

• 48 Ross Detwiler • 31 John Lannan • 39 Shairon Martis • 35 Craig Stammen • 27 Jordan Zimmermann

• 97 Joe Beimel • 57 Jason Bergmann • 45 Daniel Cabrera • 43 Jesús Colomé • 50 Julián Tavárez • 41 Ron Villone • 32 Kip Wells

Catchers • 7 Josh Bard • 23 Wil Nieves Infielders • 10 Ronnie Belliard • 15 Cristian Guzmán • 6 Anderson Hernández • 24 Nick Johnson • 11 Ryan Zimmerman Outfielders • 44 Adam Dunn • 22 Willie Harris • 25 Austin Kearns • 30 Justin Maxwell • 16 Josh Willingham

• 38 Joel Hanrahan

With the exception of 42, retired for all MLB teams to honor Jackie Robinson, the Nationals have no retired numbers. The Montreal Expos retired the number 8 for Gary Carter, the number 10 for both Rusty Staub and Andre Dawson, and the number 30 for Tim Raines. The Nationals returned these numbers to circulation: In the 2006 season, number 8 was worn by second baseman Marlon Anderson and was worn by Aaron Boone, Inactive number 10 was formerly worn by shortstop Coaches/ Royce Clayton and catcher Brandon Harper roster Other and is currently worn by infielder Ronnie BelPitchers liard, and number 30 was worn by reliever Manager • 64 Luis Mike•Stanton and pitcher Chris Booker. The 14 Manny Atilano retired Acta numbers for the Expos are now dis• 40 Collin Coaches played at the Bell Centre in Montreal, QueBalester bec, • 46 Randy Montreal Canadiens of the home of the • 36 Tyler St. Claire National Hockey League. Clippard (pitching) • 74 • 18 Rick Hall of Stars Washington Marco Eckstein RFK Stadium had a series of banners displayEstrada (hitting) ing a Washington Hall of Stars above its • 49 • 9 Garrett right-field fence. A newer version hangs on Marquis Mock the facing of one of the parking garages near Grissom the center-field entrance to Nationals Park. • 19 Scott (first base) Figures Randy all of sport, including Olsen † • 53 from • 52 Saúl sportswriters, are eligible, but, as yet, no NaKnorr figures Rivera tionals (bullpen) have been honored. The following Washington Senators are so honored: Catchers • 37 Pat • 3 Jesús • Walter Johnson, P, 1907-27; MGR, Listach Flores † 1929–32 base) (third • 79 Luke• Clark5 Jim • Griffith, P, 1912-14; MGR, 1912–20; Owner 1920–55 Montz Riggleman (bench) Infielders • Joe Judge, 1B, 1915-32 • 76 Ian • 10 Sam Rice , RF, 1915-1933 60-day dis• Desmond 37 Bucky Harris, 2B, 1919–28; MGR, abled list 1924–28, 1935–42, 1950–54 (wore 37 as • 12 • 2 Roger Manager) Alberto Bernadina • González 5 GooseMatt • 47 Goslin, LF, 1921–29, 1933, 1938 • 7 Ossie Bluege, 3B, 1922–39; MGR, • 21 Chico 1943–47 Dmitri Joe Cronin, Young †• 4 † 15-day dis- SS, 1928–34; MGR, 1933–34 • 5 abled list Cecil Travis, SS-3B, 1933–41, 1945–47 Outfielders • 6 * Suspended list LF-RF, 1937–45, 1947 George Case, • 34 Elijah • 3 # Bereavement Mickey Vernon, 1B, 1939–48, 1951–55; Dukes † MGR 1961–63


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MLB Team League[24] Division[24] Regular season Post- Awards season season Finish Wins Losses Win% GB season 2005 2006 2007 2005 2006 2007 NL NL NL East East East 5th 5th 4th 81 71 73 81 91 89 .500 .438 .451 9 26 16 Dmitri Young (CPOY)[25]

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East East

5th 5th

59 11

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26 Early Wynn, P, 1939–48 1 Eddie Yost, 3B, 1944–58; MGR, 1963 2 Roy Sievers, LF, 1954–59, 1964–65 3 Harmon Killebrew, 3B, 1954–60 32 Chuck Hinton, LF-RF, 1961–64 George Selkirk, team vice president, 1962–69 • 14 Gil Hodges, MGR, 1963–67 • 33 Frank Howard, LF, 1965–71 Sievers (the second time around), Hinton and Howard played for the "New Senators" who became the Rangers; Vernon, Yost and Hodges managed the new Senators and Selkirk was an executive for the second franchise. All others either played for or managed the "Old Senators" who became the Twins. Neither the Twins nor the Rangers ever retired any numbers while they were the Washington Senators, nor have they so honored any former Senators since their moves, with the exception of Harmon Killebrew, whose number 3 was retired by the Twins on his election to the Hall of Fame. Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard are also listed on the Hall of Stars banner, honoring their contributions playing for the Homestead Grays of the Negro Leagues. Both are in the Baseball Hall of Fame, as are Johnson, Griffith, Goslin, Cronin, Wynn and Killebrew.

Franchise records
What follows are the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos team records.

Single season records
• Batting Average: Vladimir Guerrero, .345 (2000) • On-base percentage: Mike Jorgensen, .444 (1974) • Slugging Percentage: Vladimir Guerrero, .664 (2000) • OPS: Vladimir Guerrero, 1.074 (2000) • At Bats: Warren Cromartie, 659 (1979) • Runs: Tim Raines, 133 (1983) • Hits: Vladimir Guerrero, 206 (2002) • Total Bases: Vladimir Guerrero, 379 (2000) • Doubles: Mark Grudzielanek, 54 (1997) • Home Runs: Alfonso Soriano, 46 (2006) • Runs Batted In: Vladimir Guerrero, 131 (1999) • Walks: Ken Singleton, 123 (1973) • Strikeouts: Andrés Galarraga, 169 (1990) • Stolen Bases: Ron LeFlore, 97 (1980) • Singles: Mark Grudzielanek, 157 (1996) • Runs Created: Vladimir Guerrero, 154 (2000) • Extra-Base Hits: Vladimir Guerrero, 84 (1999) • Times on Base: Vladimir Guerrero, 296 (2002) • Hit By Pitch: Ron Hunt, 50 (1971) • Sacrifice Hits: Larry Lintz, 23 (1974) • Sacrifice Flies: Andre Dawson, 18 (1983) • Intentional Walks: Vladimir Guerrero, 32 (2002) • At Bats per Strikeout: Gary Sutherland, 25.3 (1971) • At Bats per Home Run: Bob Bailey, 12.6 (1970)

Season standings
The following is the previous five seasons of the franchise: These statistics are current as of May 16, 2009. Bold denotes a playoff season, pennant or championship; italics denote an active season.


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International. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are the play-by-play announcers. Nationals’ telecasts are predominantly on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN), with a handful of games simulcast on WDCW, "DC50." Bob Carpenter is the TV play-by-play announcer while Rob Dibble is the new color analyst. The team has struggled to attract fans with attendance averaging in the middle of the league in the team’s second year in Washington. Local TV ratings have declined to the lowest in the league by a significant margin.[27][28]

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • ERA: Pedro Martínez, 1.90 (1997) Wins: Ross Grimsley II, 20 (1978) Won-Loss %: Bryn Smith, .783 (1985) WHIP: Pedro Martinez, .932 (1997) Hits Allowed/9IP: Pedro Martinez, 5.89 (1997) Walks Allowed/9IP: Bryn Smith, 1.45 (1988) Strikeouts/9IP: Pedro Martinez, 11.37 (1997) Games: Mike Marshall, 92 (1973) Saves: Chad Cordero, 47 (2005) Innings: Steve Rogers, 301 ⅔ (1977) Strikeouts: Pedro Martínez, 305 (1997) Games Started: Steve Rogers, 40 (1977) Complete Games: Bill Stoneman, 20 (1971) Walks Allowed: Bill Stoneman, 146 (1971) Hits Allowed: Carl Morton, 281 (1970) Strikeout to Walk: Javier Vazquez, 4.73 (2001) Losses: Steve Rogers, 22 (1974) Earned Runs Allowed: Steve Rogers, 126 (1974) Wild Pitches: Steve Renko, 19 (1974) Hit Batsmen: Ramon Ortiz, 18 (2006) Batters Faced: Bill Stoneman, 1,243 (1971) Games Finished: Mike Marshall, 73 (1973)

See also
• List of franchise managers and ownership

1. a RFK Stadium Fast Facts

[1] - Nationals victorious in stadium debut [2] - Baseball - 1994 strike ended a spectacular season - Monday August 26, 2002 12:43 AM [3] Baseball Contraction Primer [4] DC Vote - Media Coverage [5] Letters | [6] [1] [7] Nats Show Their Support [8] > Sports Nationals don Virginia Tech baseball caps during game [9] ESPN - Zimmerman’s walk-off grand slam ends rain-delayed game - MLB [10] Aaron Fitt (January 12, 2007). "Top 10 Prospects: Washington Nationals". prospects/features/263086.html. [11] news?slug=ap-nationalsfakeagename&prov=ap&type=lgns [12] Barry Svrluga (June 5, 2007). "Nationals Counting on Draft-Day Payoff". Washington Post. p. E01. content/article/2007/06/04/ AR2007060401755.html. [13] ^ Mark Zuckerman (September 7, 2007). "From worst to ... not quite first". Washington Times.

Career records
† minimum of 2000 plate appearances ‡ minimum of 500 innings pitched

Minor league affiliations
Syracuse Chiefs, International League Harrisburg Senators, Eastern League Potomac Nationals, Carolina League Hagerstown Suns, South Atlantic League Vermont Lake Monsters, New York-Penn League • GCL Nationals, Gulf Coast League • DSL Nationals1, Dominican Summer League • DSL Nationals2, Dominican Summer League • • • • •

Radio and television
The Nationals’ flagship radio station is WFED, "Federal News Radio" at 1500 & 820 AM, which is owned by Bonneville


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record All-time Active

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Currently with team 1186 .323 .390 .588 .978 4257 641 1280 2211 304 34 234 702 397 123 34 65 50 130 4753 494 Ryan Zimmerman N/A N/A N/A N/A Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman Cristian Guzmán Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman Lastings Milledge Ryan Zimmerman Matt Chico 486 N/A N/A N/A N/A 1926 274 555 915 138 19 68 290

Batting (as of May 21, 2008) Games played batting average† on-base percentage† slugging percentage† OPS† At bats Runs Hits Total bases Doubles Triples Home runs RBI Walks Stolen bases Sacrifice flies Sacrifice bunts Hit by pitches Intentional walks Plate appearances Extra base hits Pitches seen Tim Wallach Vladimir Guerrero Rusty Staub Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero Tim Wallach Tim Raines Tim Wallach Tim Wallach Tim Wallach Tim Raines Vladimir Guerrero Tim Wallach Tim Raines Tim Raines Andre Dawson Steve Rogers Ron Hunt Vladimir Guerrero Tim Wallach Tim Wallach Brad Wilkerson 1767 .323 .402 .588 .978 6529 947 1694 2728 360 82 234 905 793 635 71 101 114 130 7174 595 José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Javier Vázquez Vladimir Guerrero Vladimir Guerrero José Vidro Vladimir Guerrero

Nick Johnson 286 25 16 11

Nick Johnson 36 Nick Johnson 29 Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman 2125 215 8293

11562 Brad Wilkerson

11562 Ryan Zimmerman


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Pitching (as of May 21, 2008) Wins Saves Innings pitched Strikeouts Earned Run Average ‡ Games pitched Games started Complete games Steve Rogers Jeff Reardon Steve Rogers Steve Rogers Tim Burke Tim Burke Steve Rogers Steve Rogers 158 152 Javier Vázquez 64

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John Lannan Joel Hanrahan

13 13 344.1 260 N/A 225 50 1

Chad Cordero 128

2837.2 Javier Vázquez 1621 2.61 425 393 129 Javier Vázquez Pedro Martínez Luis Ayala Javier Vázquez Pedro Martínez

1229.1 Jason Bergmann 1076 3.06 320 191 20 Jason Bergmann N/A Saúl Rivera Jason Bergmann Jason Bergmann Shairon Martis N/A Joel Hanrahan John Lannan John Lannan

Shutouts Save opportunities Caught stealing Pickoffs

Steve Rogers


Pedro Martínez


N/A 20 13 7

Chad Cordero 152 Liván Hernández 26

Chad Cordero 152 Liván Hernández 26

Liván Hernán- 7 dez John Lannan Tomokazu Ohka Jeff Reardon 281

Liván Hernán- 7 dez John Lannan Tomokazu Ohka Chad Cordero 226 5183

Games finished

Saúl Rivera Jason Bergmann

50 1504 5734 45 478 475 4192.2

Batters faced by pitcher Steve Rogers Pitch count Holds Games played (defensive) Tony Armas, Jr. Luis Ayala Tim Wallach

11702 Javier Vázquez 14051 Tony Armas, Jr. 87 1757 980 Luis Ayala José Vidro José Vidro

14051 Jason Bergmann 87 1105 980 Saúl Rivera Ryan Zimmerman Ryan Zimmerman

Fielding (as of May 21, 2008)

Games started (position José Vidro player) Innings (position player) José Vidro Total chances Putouts Gary Carter Andrés Galarraga

8354.2 José Vidro 8759 7893 José Vidro Brian Schneider

8354.2 Ryan Zimmerman 4815 4187

Nick Johnson 3743 Nick Johnson 3438


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Assists Double plays Tim Wallach 3354 José Vidro José Vidro 2795 606

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Ryan Zimmerman 929

Andrés Galar- 606 raga José Vidro Brian Schneider 178

Nick Johnson 311

Caught stealing (catcher)

Brian Schneider


Jesús Flores

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External links


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• Sandalow, Marc. "A Brand-New Ballgame: The New Stadium of the Nationals", Washingtonian, March 1, 2008.

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