The Washington Nationals are the Major League Baseball team based in the capital of the United States of America, Washington D.C., and have been part of the National League and East Division since 1969. They play their home games at Nationals Park, near the Anacostia River in Washington. Originally, their team name derived from the former baseball team with the same name, which interchanged with the Senators for a while. But ‘The Nats’, as they’re known, were founded in 1969 as the Montreal Expos.
But when the MLB considered revoking the team’s franchise after player sales saw the fans walk away from the team, it was moved to Washington.
Despite being based in the country’s capital and having won three East Division titles (in 1981, 2012 and 2014), The Nats have never participated in a World Series, one of only two franchises along with the Seattle Mariners who haven’t.
Coming into the MLB as the Expos, in their first season, Montreal Expos lost 110 games of baseball in what was a very tough first season. But just two years later, the team won 95 games to finish second in the National League East. Although they moved into mediocre territory in the next decade throughout the 1980’s, they won the East Division in 1981, although the season was shortened by a strike.
While Buck Rodgers managed the team throughout most of the eighties, he was replaced in May 1992 by Felipe Alou, the first Dominican-born manager in Major League Baseball history, who would go on to become the longest-serving manager in terms of Expos games managed. His period was one of some success, as Alou guided Expos to the best record in the Major Leagues in 1994-1995 until another strike cancelled the rest of the season. Players such as Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom and Pedro Martinez contributed to one of the most exciting sides to watch.
Once established as The Nationals, they hired Stan Kasten in 2006, who was widely heralded as a major reason behind the Atlanta Braves’ success between 1991-2005 (they won fourteen consecutive titles) and after obtaining No. 1 picks of Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper in 2009 and 2010, The Nats won the East Division title in both 2012 and 2014. Just last season, MLB’s commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that Nationals Park has been selected to host Major League Baseball’s All Star Game.
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Can the Washington Nationals make the playoffs and compete for a World Series berth at long last?
We certainly think they’ll make a push, but perhaps need a little more consistency if they’re to really press for glory. They’re a good bet to make the playoffs, however.
In Stephen Strasburg, they have one of the outstanding pitchers in the division, and we think he’ll be dominant in games at Nationals Park.
Back him to better last season’s high standards as, at 27, he’s in his prime and ready to play his best year in MLB.
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