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|Established:||1969 (Originally the Montreal Expos – moved to Washington in 2005)|
|Colours:||Scarlet red, navy blue & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Frank Robinson, Larry Walker, Tim Raines, Andre Dawson & Gary Carter|
|Hall of Fame Managers:||Frank Robinson|
|Rivals:||New York Mets & Atlanta Braves|
|Legends:||Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Rusty Staub, Frank Robinson& Tim Raines|
|Retired Numbers:||4: 8, 10, 30, & 42 (10 is retired for two players, Andre Dawson & Rusty Staub)|
|World Series Championships:||1: 2019|
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While this iteration of the Washington Nationals actually trace their roots back to Montréal, the truth is that Washington, D. C. has had professional baseball going back to the 1870s.
The first Nationals team began play in the National Association and later became part of the American Association in 1884. Two years later, a second Nationals team joined the National League and would play in the league for three seasons.
The franchise would eventually fold, but the city would get a new team in 1891 when the Washington Senators took to the field. They started in the American Association in 1891 but joined the National League a year later. The team survived for seven seasons before folding.
Two years later, they were back on the field again. In 1901, the Senators became one of the first members of the American League. They used the name Senators for four years before becoming the Washington Nationals in 1905.
The team maintained that name for 50 years but were an abysmal franchise. In the history of the franchise, they earned just one World Series victory, coming in 1924. Bucky Harris was the team’s player-manager and the club was led by 36-year-old future Hall of Famer Walter Johnson.
The team faced the heavily favored New York Giants in the World Series that year, but would force a game seven where they earned the victory on an RBI double in the bottom of the 12th inning.
The team returned to the World Series a year later but lost the Pittsburgh Pirates. Walter Johnson retired two years later and would become the manager of the club. He would remain in the job for just three seasons before getting the ax.
In 1933, Joe Cronin became the manager and led the team to the American League pennant, but they lost to the Giants in five games. That would be the last time the city would host a World Series game until 2019.
Over the next 20 years, the franchise floundered. They were often near the bottom of the American League standings. The franchise became such a laughingstock that they were the butt of a joke in the long-running musical called Damn Yankees.
In 1955, owner Clark Griffith passed away. There was already talk that the team would be moving, and they eventually chose to do so, becoming the Minnesota Twins in 1961.
After the team left for the Twin Cities, Washington became dormant for baseball action. Fans turned to Baltimore as their club, but there had been a strong push to get a new team in the nation’s capital. That would eventually occur in 2005 when the Montréal Expos moved from Canada to the United States and became the Nationals.
Montréal began as an organization back in 1969. They joined as part of the 1969 expansion that included the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers), San Diego Padres, and the Kansas City Royals. The Expos became the first Canadian-based team. The Toronto Blue Jays would join them eight years later.
The team developed several recognizable stars, including Andre Dawson, Gary Carter, and Tim Raines. During the 80s this group helped lead the team to their only division championship, occurring during the strike-shortened season of 1981. Their hopes of making the World Series ended when they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, 3-2.
Over the next two decades the team developed a number of great players who wound up flourishing in other cities. Dawson became an MVP for the Chicago Cubs. Carter ended up starting on the New York Mets 1986 championship season.
Outfielder Larry Walker would become an MVP in Colorado. Tim Raines helped Oakland reach the World Series. Moises Alou became a star for the Cubs. Pedro Martinez won two world championships with the Boston Red Sox.
Unable to compete against teams in their division (which included the Mets, Braves, and Phillies), the club became the doormat of the National League East Division. They were simply unable to match their division rivals in terms of financing and with attendance declining, the club decided to move.
At first, Major League Baseball had considered contracting the club. In 2001 the Expos were one of three clubs that were on the chopping block, a list that included the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Minnesota Twins. MLB owners voted in November 2001 to cut two clubs, which were expected to be Montréal and Minnesota.
This looked even more certain when the Expos owner at the time, Jeffrey Loria, was allowed to buy the Florida Marlins. However, the Players Union balked at any talk of contraction and eventually was able to reach an agreement with the league that barred any withdrawing of franchises until 2006.
By that point, it was decided that moving the team and seeking new ownership was the way to go. Several cities were considered, including Oklahoma City, Portland,Norfolk, Las Vegas, and Charlotte. Even international cities were considered, such as Mexico City and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
In September 2004, MLB announced that Washington, D. C. would become the new home of the Expos. Immediately, a lawsuit was filed by Loria, which initially delayed any action to move the team. However, this lawsuit was struck down by an arbiter and the team was set to move for the next season.
Two names were considered right away for the club – Senators and Nationals. There was also a push to name the team the Washington Grays after the former Negro league club. In November 2004, the team became the Washington Nationals.
Washington struggled for their first few years, trying to rebuild an organization that had been mismanaged prior to moving to the city. For several years they floundered, but former Atlanta Braves team president Stan Kasten had a vision in mind, and was able to build one of the best rosters of young talent in the league.
This included the selection of flamethrower Steven Strasburg with the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft and selecting superstar Bryce Harper with the No. 1 overall pick a year later.
The plan worked. In 2012, the Nationals won the NL East Division. They would win the division in 2014, 2016, and 2017, but struggled to live up to expectations. Each year the team found a way to lose in the NLDS.
In 2019, Washington earned a playoff spot by entering as one of the two NL wildcard teams. They defeated the Milwaukee Brewers then defeated the Dodgers in the NLDS, 3-2. After sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in the championship series, a depleted Nationals roster was able to overcome the heavily favored Houston Astros in the World Series to win the franchise’s only title.
If you are a fan of the Washington Nationals, then you know that the only thing that matters right now is how they are expected to perform in the 2021 season. Do the Washington Nationals have the star power to make it all the way to the playoffs in 2021?
As soon as more information about the next season comes to light, we will provide our expert MLB picks and preview for the Washington Nationals in the 2021 season, so make sure you stay tuned!
COVID-19 destroyed any momentum Washington had entering the 2020 season. They were the World Series champions, and had a lot of optimism about repeating. A 60-game season did not give this team enough time to get back on the right pathway.
They have already made a big move by adding LHP Jon Lester to an already formidable pitching staff. This should make it so that Washington can compete against both the Braves and Mets.
The Nationals enter the 2021 season at +3500 to win the World Series. That puts them in the middle of the pack, and may be discouraging to some, but over the last decade oddsmakers have often been wrong in their prediction about where Washington will finish.
In 2010, they entered as one of the favorites with a moneyline of -900, but the team finished 63-93 that year. That led oddsmakers to decrease their odds of success over the next two seasons. In 2012, they entered as a +2500 to win it all, yet finished 98-64, winning the NL East.
It has seemed that when their odds were at their best that they had the most disappointing seasons and vice versa. Coming off the successful 2013 season, the team entered as a -700 favorite, but finished second and out of the playoffs. A year later the odds decreased to over +1000 and the team won the division.
The same thing occurred over the next two seasons. In 2015, the Nationals began the year as a -1900 favorite but finished in second. A year later they began as a +101 the division. In 2019 when they won the World Series the moneyline was +500 when the season began.
For those looking to place a wager on Washington, the +3500 should not be a deterrent. Clearly, the team has shown that they can overcome the odds.
What is the home of the Washington Nationals?
The Washington Nationals play their home games at Nationals Park, which has been their home since 2008.
How much did the Washington Nationals’ stadium cost?
Built in March 2008, Nationals Park cost $611 million.
What are the dimensions of the Washington Nationals’ stadium?
Left field is 336 feet, left-center is 377 feet, straight away center field is 402 feet, right-center is 370 feet, and right field is 335 feet. Because of the dimensions, Nationals Park is considered an asymmetrical ballpark.
What is the playing surface at Nationals Park?
The stadium uses natural grass. It is a blend of Kentucky Bluegrass mixed in with varieties of Princeton 105, Midnight Star, and Brilliant.
Who is the owner of the Washington Nationals?
The Washington Nationals are owned by Mark Lerner, who bought the team before they moved from Montreal.
Have the Washington Nationals won a World Series?
Yes, one time, in 2019. One of the prior Washington Teams also won a World Series back in 1924, but that franchise moved to Minnesota where the Twins have won two championships (1987, 1991).
Who is the General Manager of the Washington Nationals?
Mike Rizzo is the General Manager of the Nationals.
Do the Washington Nationals play tonight?
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What is the Washington Nationals record all-time?
The Washington Nationals finished last season 24-36. The all-time record since moving to Washington, D.C. is 1248-1240.
Did the Washington Nationals win last night?
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How much are the Washington Nationals worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Washington Nationals are worth $1.8 billion.
How can I watch the Washington Nationals?
You can watch Washington Nationals games on channels around the DC area at MASN and MASN2 and NBC Sports Washington. If you are out of the DC area, you can watch the games as part of MLB package subscriptions or you may be able to catch them on the MLB Network, FoxSports, or on ESPN.
Will the Washington Nationals make the playoffs this year?
After finishing 26-34 last season, many have their doubts, but the team has already added LHP Jon Lester and they are just two years removed from winning the World Series. There is a good chance.
Will the Washington Nationals get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Washington Nationals are scheduled to pick 11th in the 2021 MLB amateur draft.
Where did the Washington Nationals finish the season?
The Washington Nationals finished in last place in the NL East Division in 2020, going 26-34.
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