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Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals
2020 Washington Nationals season
Established in 1969
Based in Washington, D.C., since 2005
Washington Nationals logo (low res).svgWashington Nationals Cap Insig.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations

Current uniform
Retired numbers42 (as Montreal Expos: 8, 10, 10, 30)
  • Scarlet red, navy blue, white[1][2]
Other nicknames
  • Nats
Major league titles
NL Pennants (1)2019
East Division titles (5)
Wild card berths (1)2019
Front office
Principal owner(s)Mark Lerner[3][4]
ManagerDave Martinez
General managerMike Rizzo
President of baseball operationsMike Rizzo

The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division. From 2005 to 2007, the team played in RFK Stadium while their permanent stadium was being built. In 2008, they moved in to Nationals Park, located on South Capitol Street in the Southeast quadrant of D.C., near the Anacostia River.[5]

The Nationals are the eighth major league franchise to be based in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1971. The current franchise was founded in 1969 as the Montreal Expos as part of the MLB expansion. After a failed contraction plan, the Expos were purchased by MLB, which sought to relocate the team to a new city.[6] Washington, D.C. was chosen in 2004, and the Nationals were established in 2005 as the first franchise relocation in MLB since the third Washington Senators moved to Texas in 1971.

While the team initially struggled after moving to Washington, the Nationals had considerable success throughout the 2010s. The team had two back-to-back first overall picks in the MLB draft in 2009 and 2010, where they drafted Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. The team achieved their first playoff berth and first division title in 2012. They won the National League East again in 2014, 2016, and 2017, but failed to advance past the NLDS each time. In 2019, the team advanced to the World Series, where they defeated the Houston Astros in seven games to earn their first championship.


Early baseball in Washington, D.C.

Multiple short-lived baseball franchises, including two named the Nationals, played in Washington with the National Association in the 1870s.[note 1] The first Washington Nationals team in a major league played in the American Association in 1884.[11] Another Washington Nationals team also played in the Union Association during its only season in 1884.[12] The first Washington Nationals of the National League played from 1886 to 1889.[13]

Washington Senators / Statesmen / Nationals

The Washington Statesmen played in the American Association in 1891,[14] before jumping to the National League as the Senators the following season. The Washington Senators, who were often referred to as the Nationals,[15] played in the National League from 1892 to 1899. They were followed in 1901 by another Washington Senators franchise -- a charter member of the new American League -- who were officially named the Washington Nationals from 1905 to 1955.[16][17] In 1912, another Washington Senators team formed as one of eight teams of the United States Baseball League. But the league and the team folded after just over a month of play in 1912.[18]

The first American League Senators franchise moved to Minneapolis after the 1960 season and became the Minnesota Twins. They were replaced in Washington by an expansion team, the second American League Senators franchise, which began play in 1961 and moved to Arlington, Texas, after the 1971 season to become the Texas Rangers.

Montreal Expos

The Montreal Expos were part of the 1969 Major League Baseball expansion, which included the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers),[19]Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres. Based in Montreal, the Expos were the first Major League team in Canada.[20] They were named after the Expo 67 World's Fair.

The majority-share owner was by Charles Bronfman, a major shareholder in Seagram. The Expos' initial home was Jarry Park. Managed by Gene Mauch, the team lost 110 games in their first season, coincidentally matching the Padres' inaugural win-loss record, and continued to struggle during their first decade with sub-.500 seasons.

Starting in 1977, the team's home venue was Montreal's Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics. Two years later, the team won a franchise-high 95 games, finishing second in the National League East. The Expos began the 1980s with a core group of young players, including catcher Gary Carter, outfielders Tim Raines and Andre Dawson, third baseman Tim Wallach, and pitchers Steve Rogers and Bill Gullickson. The team won its only division championship in the strike-shortened split season of 1981, ending its season with a three games to two loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.

The team spent most of the 1980s in the middle of the NL East pack, finishing in third or fourth place in eight out of nine seasons from 1982 to 1990. Buck Rodgers was hired as manager before the 1985 season and guided the Expos to a .500 or better record five times in six years, with the highlight coming in 1987, when they won 91 games. They finished third, but were just four games behind the division-winning Cardinals.

Bronfman sold the team to a consortium of owners in 1991, with Claude Brochu as the managing general partner.[21][22] Rodgers, at that time second only to Gene Mauch in number of Expos games managed, was replaced partway through the 1991 season. In May 1992, Felipe Alou, a member of the Expos organization since 1976, was promoted to manager, becoming the first Dominican-born manager in MLB history.[21] Alou would become the leader in Expos games managed, while guiding the team to winning records, including 1994, when 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 until the 1994-95 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the remainder of the season. After the disappointment of 1994, Expos management began shedding its key players, and the team's fan support dwindled.

Brochu sold control of the team to Jeffrey Loria in 1999,[23][24] but Loria failed to close on a plan to build a new downtown ballpark, and did not reach an agreement on television and English radio broadcast contracts for the 2000 season, reducing the team's media coverage.

Proposed 2001 contraction

After the 2001 season, MLB considered revoking the team's franchise, along with either the Minnesota Twins or the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.[25][26] In November 2001, Major League Baseball's owners voted 28-2 to contract the league by two teams -- according to various sources, the Expos and the Minnesota Twins, both of which reportedly voted against contraction.[27] Subsequently, the Boston Red Sox were sold to a partnership led by John W. Henry, owner of the Florida Marlins.[27][28] In order to clear the way for Henry's group to assume ownership of the Red Sox, Henry sold the Marlins to Loria, and MLB purchased the Expos from Loria.[27] However, the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, operator of the Metrodome, won an injunction requiring the Twins to play there in 2002.[27] Because MLB was unable to revoke the Twins franchise, it was compelled to keep both the Twins and Expos as part of the regular season schedule. In the collective bargaining agreement signed with the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) in August 2002, contraction was prohibited until the end of the contract in 2006.[29] By that time, the Expos had become the Washington Nationals and the Twins had made sufficient progress towards the eventual building of a new baseball-specific stadium that contraction was no longer on the agenda.


With contraction no longer an option for the immediate term, MLB began 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 (such as Arlington or Dulles); Norfolk, Virginia; Las Vegas; and Charlotte, North Carolina. Washington, D.C., and both Virginia locations emerged as the front-runners.

On September 29, 2004, MLB announced the Expos would move to Washington, D.C., in 2005.[30][31] On November 15, a lawsuit by the former team owners against MLB and former majority owner Jeffrey Loria was struck down by arbitrators, bringing to an end all legal actions that would impede a move. The owners of the other MLB teams approved the move to Washington, D.C., in a 28-1 vote on December 3 (Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos cast the sole dissenting vote).

Although there was some sentiment to revive the name Senators when the Montreal Expos franchise moved to Washington in 2005, legal and political considerations factored into the choice of Nationals, a revival of the first American League franchise's official name used from 1901 to 1956.[32] Politicians and others in the District of Columbia objected to the name Senators because the District of Columbia does not have voting representation in Congress.[33] In addition, the Rangers still owned the rights to the Senators name,[34] although the Nationals were able to acquire the rights to the curly "W" logo from the Rangers.[] This logo looked a lot like Walgreens logo, but the drugstore chain never sued because, even though people have trouble telling the logos apart, it is believed the chain does not see this as a problem.[35]

Washington, D.C., mayor Anthony A. Williams supported the name "Washington Grays", in honor of the Negro-league team the Homestead Grays (1929-1950), which had been based in Pittsburgh, but played many of their home games in Washington. On November 21, 2004, the team's management chose the name "Washington Nationals".[36] The club's official colors of red, white, and blue were revealed the next day.[1][37]

As part of the relocation, the Nationals played their first three seasons at RFK Stadium until Nationals Park could be built.[38][39] Nationals Park was completed in 2008, and the Nationals played their first home game there on March 30, 2008. The game was nationally televised on ESPN and former U.S. President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch. Ryan Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run to win the first game in the new stadium.

Washington baseball history revived

Nationals versus the Cincinnati Reds in 2009 at Nationals Park

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, including the Atlanta Hawks and 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 the draft, and having a suitable team to go along with their new stadium.

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.[40]

The Nationals began building the foundations of a contender with their first-overall draft picks of Stephen Strasburg (in 2009) and Bryce Harper (in 2010).[41] In 2011, they signed Jayson Werth to the team's first big free agent contract.[42] With a mix of homegrown players and players acquired via trade and free agency, the Nationals clinched their first playoff berth and first division title in 2012. They were knocked out of the 2012 NLDS by the St. Louis Cardinals in five games after the Cardinals took the lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth of game 5. After missing the playoffs in 2013, they hired Matt Williams as manager and rebounded to win their second division title in 2014, but were eliminated in the 2014 NLDS by the San Francisco Giants. They missed the playoffs again in a turbulent 2015 season, leading to Williams' firing.[43] The team hired veteran manager Dusty Baker in 2016, and returned to the playoffs only to be eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2016 NLDS in five games. They won the NL East title in 2017, but were eliminated in the NLDS yet again after losing game 5 to the Chicago Cubs. Baker's contract was not renewed after the 2017 playoff loss, and the team hired Dave Martinez as their sixth manager in ten years.[44]

In 2018, the All-Star Game was played at Nationals Park. The Nationals failed to make the playoffs in 2018, finishing a disappointing second in a year they were expected to sail to the playoffs.[45] After the 2018 season, star slugger Bryce Harper left the team via free agency, signing with the rival Philadelphia Phillies.[46]

2019 World Series win

The Nationals began the 2019 season with a record of 19-31, with their reported chances of winning the World Series at that time being 1.5 percent.[47] They went from there with a 74-38 record, finishing with an overall record of 93-69 and earning a spot in the 2019 National League Wild Card Game, which they won over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3. In the NLDS, the Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games, propelling them past the divisional round for the first time in franchise history.[48] The Nationals then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS, giving them their first NL pennant.[49] The team then defeated the Houston Astros in game seven of the 2019 World Series, giving them their first World Series championship, with Strasburg being voted series MVP.[50][51] The World Series was the first in MLB history that saw no team win a game at home, as the road team won all seven.[52]

Season standings

League[53] Division[53] Regular season Postseason Awards
Finish Wins Losses Win% GB
2005 2005 NL East 5th 81 81 .500 9 -- Chad Cordero--Rolaids Relief Man
2006 2006 NL East 5th 71 91 .438 26 -- Alfonso Soriano--Silver Slugger
2007 2007 NL East 4th 73 89 .451 18 -- Dmitri Young--Players Choice Award National League Comeback Player[54]
2008 2008 NL East 5th 59 102 .366 32½ -- --
2009 2009 NL East 5th 59 103 .364 34 -- Ryan Zimmerman--Gold Glove and Silver Slugger
2010 2010 NL East 5th 69 93 .426 28 -- Ryan Zimmerman--Silver Slugger
2011 2011 NL East 3rd 80 81 .497 21½ -- --
2012 2012 NL East 1st 98 64 .605 -- Won NL East Division by 4 games; Lost NLDS 3-2 vs. Cardinals Adam LaRoche--Silver Slugger and Gold Glove
Ian Desmond--Silver Slugger
Stephen Strasburg--Silver Slugger
Bryce Harper--National League Rookie of the Year
Davey Johnson--National League Manager of the Year
2013 2013 NL East 2nd 86 76 .531 10 -- Ian Desmond--Silver Slugger
2014 2014 NL East 1st 96 66 .593 -- Won NL East Division by 17 games; Lost NLDS 3-1 vs. Giants Ian Desmond--Silver Slugger
Anthony Rendon--Silver Slugger
Wilson Ramos--Tony Conigliaro Award
Matt Williams--National League Manager of the Year
2015 2015 NL East 2nd 83 79 .512 7 -- Bryce Harper--National League Most Valuable Player, Silver Slugger, Hank Aaron Award, Players Choice Award National League Outstanding Player, Esurance MLB Awards for Best Major Leaguer and Best Everyday Player
2016 2016 NL East 1st 95 67 .586 -- Won NL East Division by 8 games; Lost NLDS 3-2 vs. Dodgers Daniel Murphy--Silver Slugger and Players Choice Award National League Outstanding Player
Wilson Ramos--Silver Slugger
Max Scherzer-- National League Cy Young Award, Esurance MLB Awards for Best Pitcher and Best Performance
Anthony Rendon--National League Comeback Player of the Year
2017 2017 NL East 1st 97 65 .599 -- Won NL East Division by 20 games; Lost NLDS 3-2 vs. Cubs Daniel Murphy--Silver Slugger
Max Scherzer--National League Cy Young Award, Players Choice Award National League Outstanding Pitcher
Ryan Zimmerman--Players Choice Award National League Comeback Player
2018 2018 NL East 2nd 82 80 .506 8 -- --
2019 2019 NL East 2nd 93 69 .574 4 Won NLWCG 4-3 vs. Brewers; Won NLDS 3-2 vs. Dodgers; Won NLCS 4-0 vs. Cardinals; Won World Series 4-3 vs. Astros Howie Kendrick--National League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Award
Anthony Rendon--Silver Slugger
Stephen Strasburg--World Series Most Valuable Player Award

Bold denotes a playoff season, pennant, or championship; italics denote an active season.

Postseason appearances

  1. ?Appeared as the Montreal Expos.
  2. ?This and subsequent appearances as the Washington Nationals.
  3. ?The wild-card game was first played in 2012.

Players and personnel



Manager Tenure Regular season[55] Post-season[56] Totals
Wins Losses Win % Best finish Appearances Wins Losses Win % Wild Card
Wins Losses Win %
Frank Robinson 2005-2006 152 172 .469 81-81, 5th (2005) -- -- -- -- -- -- 152 172 .469
Manny Acta 2007-2009 158 252 .385 73-89, 4th (2007) -- -- -- -- -- -- 158 252 .385
Jim Riggleman 2009-2011 140 172 .449 69-93, 5th (2010) [note 2] -- -- -- -- -- -- 140 172 .449
John McLaren (interim) 2011 2 1 .667 -- [note 2] -- -- -- -- -- -- 2 1 .667
Davey Johnson 2011-2013 224 183 .550 98-64, 1st (2012) 2012 2 3 .400 -- 0-1 226 186 .549
Matt Williams 2014-2015 179 145 .552 96-66, 1st (2014) 2014 1 3 .250 -- 0-1 180 148 .549
Dusty Baker 2016-2017 192 132 .593 97-65, 1st (2017) 2016, 2017 4 6 .400 -- 0-2 196 138 .587
Dave Martinez 2018-present 175 149 .540 93-69, 2nd (2019) 2019 12 5 .706 1-0 3-0 187 154 .548

Note: Updated through October 15, 2019.

Baseball Hall of Famers

Ford C. Frick Award

Retired numbers


Retired 1997

During the franchise's period in Montreal, the Montreal Expos retired three numbers in honor of four players, plus Jackie Robinson's number 42 which was retired throughout all Major League Baseball in 1997.[57] Following the move to Washington, D.C., the numbers (except 42) were returned to circulation and remain in use as of 2016, although the "Team History" section of the Nationals' website continues to refer to the numbers as "retired."[57] When Washington wore Expos throwback jerseys on July 6, 2019, catcher Yan Gomes wore his usual number 10, even though the number is retired by the Expos, for Andre Dawson and Rusty Staub.[58]

After the Expos' departure from Montreal, the National Hockey League?s Montreal Canadiens hung a banner in Bell Centre honoring the Expos' retired numbers.

Ring of Honor

On August 10, 2010, the Nationals unveiled a "Ring of Honor"[note 3] at Nationals Park to honor National Baseball Hall of Fame members who had played "significant years" for the Washington Nationals, original Washington Senators (1901-1960), expansion Washington Senators (1961-1971), Homestead Grays, or Montreal Expos.[59][60] In late August 2016, the team dropped the criterion that an inductee be a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, also opening membership to "anyone who has made a significant contribution to the game of baseball in Washington, D.C.";[60] the first inductee under the revised criteria was Frank Howard.[60]

The Nationals? attempt to honor the Montreal-Washington franchise's entire history in the Ring of Honor, as well as by tracking Montreal-Washington franchise records, is not without controversy; it has been criticized as "an embodiment of the team's desire to find history before it can make much."[61] Although Nationals fans generally take little interest in the franchise's Montreal years, some do appreciate acknowledging that the franchise has a history that predates its arrival in Washington, and former Expo Tim Raines received a warm round of applause from fans at Nationals Park at his induction ceremony on August 28, 2017, even though he had never even visited Washington, D.C., before, let alone played baseball there.[61][62] Some Montreal Expos fans express appreciation that the Nationals are honoring the Expos, and Expos players inducted into the Ring of Honor have expressed gratitude that the Nationals chose to include them, especially with no MLB team in Montreal to honor their careers.[62][63][64] However, few Nationals fans have taken an interest in franchise records, preferring to compare Nationals records with those of previous Washington MLB teams instead,[62] and a segment of Nationals fans actively opposes the inclusion of Expos history into that of the Nationals, taking the view that the Montreal years are irrelevant to Washington and that the team made a complete break with its past and started anew when it arrived in Washington, inheriting the history of the two Washington Senators teams rather than that of the Expos.[62] Similarly, Montreal Expos fans have taken little or no interest in the achievements of Nationals players, and some Expos fans strongly oppose the inclusion of former Expos in the Ring, taking the position that to do so is to co-opt the history of the Expos, which they say belongs solely in Montreal.[62]

Observers also have noted that the admission of the first Nationals player to the Ring of Honor, Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez,[61] although he was well-liked as a National, highlights another awkward aspect of the Ring of Honor's acceptance criteria, because Rodriguez's inclusion arose out of his admission to the National Baseball Hall of Fame based on his exploits for other teams, not out of anything he did during a 155-game, two-season stint with the Nationals at the end of his career in years in which the Nationals posted mediocre records. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo responded that his inclusion had merit even based on his time with the Nationals, when he "taught us how to be a professional franchise."[61][65]

In a ceremony held at Nationals Park between games of a doubleheader on the evening of September 8, 2018, the Nationals inducted former outfielder Jayson Werth, who played for the Nationals from 2011 through 2017, into the Ring of Honor.[66][67] He became the first "true" National[61] - the first person based specifically on his career as a National - inducted into the Ring of Honor.[61]

The Ring of Honor includes:[59][60][68][69][70]

Washington Nationals Ring of Honor
Homestead Grays
No. Inductee Position Tenure Admitted
4 Cool Papa Bell CF 1932, 1943-1946 August 10, 2010
-- Ray Brown P 1932-1945
August 10, 2010
20 Josh Gibson C 1937-1946 August 10, 2010
32 Buck Leonard 1B 1934-1950 August 10, 2010
-- Cumberland Posey OF/Manager/Owner Club official 1911-1946 August 10, 2010
-- Jud Wilson 3B 1931-1932
August 10, 2010
Montreal Expos
No. Inductee Position Tenure Admitted
8 Gary Carter C 1974-1984, 1992 August 10, 2010
10 Andre Dawson CF 1976-1986 August 10, 2010
30 Tim Raines LF 1979-1990, 2001 August 28, 2017
20 Frank Robinson Manager 2002-2004 May 9, 2015
Washington Nationals
No. Inductee Position Tenure Admitted
20 Frank Robinson Manager 2005-2006 May 9, 2015
7 Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez C 2010-2011 August 28, 2017
28 Jayson Werth RF, LF 2011-2017 September 8, 2018
Washington Senators (original team, 1901-1960)
No. Inductee Position Tenure Admitted
4 Joe Cronin SS 1928-1934 August 10, 2010
8, 10, 37 Rick Ferrell C 1937-1941
1944-1945, 1947
August 10, 2010
3, 5, 20 Goose Goslin LF 1921-1930
1933, 1938
August 10, 2010
-- Clark Griffith P Owner P: 1912-1914
Owner: 1920-1955
August 10, 2010
28, 30, 35, 50 Bucky Harris 2B Manager 2B: 1919-1928 
Manager: 1924-1928,
1935-1942, 1950-1954
August 10, 2010
-- Walter Johnson P 1907-1927 August 10, 2010
3, 12, 25 Harmon Killebrew 1B 1954-1960 August 10, 2010
2, 3 Heinie Manush LF 1930-1935 August 10, 2010
2, 22 Sam Rice RF 1915-1933 August 10, 2010
11, 20, 26, 44 Early Wynn P 1939-1944
August 10, 2010
Washington Senators (expansion team, 1961-1971)
No. Inductee Position Tenure Admitted
-- Bucky Harris Scout/Special Assistant 1963-1971 August 10, 2010
9, 33 Frank Howard LF/1B 1965-1971 August 26, 2016



Season Stadium Season Total Rank in
National League
2005 RFK Stadium 2,731,993 8th (of 16) 33,651
2006 RFK Stadium 2,153,056 11th (of 16) 26,582
2007 RFK Stadium 1,943,812 14th (of 16) 24,217
2008 Nationals Park 2,320,400 13th (of 16) 29,005
2009 Nationals Park 1,817,226 13th (of 16) 22,716
2010 Nationals Park 1,828,066 14th (of 16) 22,569
2011 Nationals Park 1,940,478 14th (of 16) 24,256
2012 Nationals Park 2,370,794 9th (of 16) 30,010
2013 Nationals Park 2,652,422 6th (of 15) 32,746
2014 Nationals Park 2,579,389 7th (of 15) 31,844
2015 Nationals Park 2,619,843 5th (of 15) 32,344
2016 Nationals Park 2,481,938 7th (of 15) 30,641
2017 Nationals Park 2,524,980 7th (of 15) 31,172
2018 Nationals Park 2,529,604 8th (of 15) 31,230
2019 Nationals Park 2,259,781 12th (of 15) 27,899

Spring training

The Nationals hold spring training in Florida, where they play their annual slate of Grapefruit League games. From 2005 through 2016, they held spring training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida, a facility that they inherited from the Expos. In 2017, the Nationals moved their spring training operations to The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, a new facility they share with the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach, Florida; they played their first Grapefruit League game there on February 28, 2017. On February 16, 2018, it was renamed FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches after the Nationals and Astros signed a 12-year deal for the naming rights to the stadium that day with FITTEAM, an event brand partnership and organic products firm located in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.[72]

Minor league affiliations

  • The Nationals have affiliated with the minor-league Nationals since 2005; the minor-league Nationals relocated from Woodbridge, Virginia, to Fredericksburg, Virginia, before the 2020 season.

Former affiliates

Level League Team (Seasons)
AAA American Association Indianapolis Indians (1984-1992)
Wichita Aeros (1982-1983)
Denver Bears (1976-1981)
International League Syracuse Chiefs (2009-2018)
Columbus Clippers (2007-2008)
Ottawa Lynx (1993-2002)
Memphis Blues (1974-1975)
Peninsula Whips (1972-1973)
Winnipeg Whips (1970-1971)
Buffalo Bisons (1970)
Pacific Coast League New Orleans Zephyrs (2005-2006)
Edmonton Trappers (2003-2004)
Vancouver Mounties (1969)
AA Eastern League Quebec Metros (1976-1977)
Quebec Carnavals (1971-1975)
Southern League Memphis Chicks (1978-1983)
Jacksonville Suns (1970, 1984-1990)
Advanced A California League San Jose Expos (1982)
Carolina League Potomac Nationals (2005-2019)
Kinston Expos (1974)
Florida State League Brevard County Manatees (2002-2004)
Jupiter Hammerheads (1998-2001)
West Palm Beach Expos (1969-1997)
A Midwest League Clinton LumberKings (2001-2002)
Burlington Bees (1993-1994)
Rockford Expos (1988-1992)
Burlington Expos (1986-1987)
South Atlantic League Savannah Sand Gnats (2003-2006)
Cape Fear Crocs (1997-2000)
Delmarva Shorebirds (1996)
Albany Polecats (1992, 1995)
Sumter Flyers (1991)
Gastonia Expos (1983-1984)
Short Season A New York-Penn League Vermont Expos/Lake Monsters (1994-2010)
Jamestown Falcons/Expos (1973, 1977-1993)
Northern League Watertown Expos (1970-1971)
Rookie Advanced Pioneer League Calgary Expos (1979-1984)
Lethbridge Expos (1975-1976)

Nationals Dream Foundation

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation is the team's charity which is "committed to community partnerships that improve the lives of children and families across the Washington Capital Region. The foundation opened a youth baseball academy in partnership with the D.C. government,[73] and a pediatric diabetes care center at Children's National Medical Center in partnership with the Center. The foundation also provides grants to local organizations.[74]

On August 1, 2011, the foundation, in partnership with several local organizations, formally opened Miracle Field in Germantown, Maryland as part of an effort to encourage athletic activity in children with "mental and/or physical challenges."[75] According to Steven Miller of MLB.com, what sets Miracle Field apart in terms of safety is its unique design, as it "is made entirely of a cushioned synthetic turf that is five-eighths of an inch thick--providing a safe surface for children in wheelchairs or with other handicaps." [76]

Radio and television

Mascots dressed as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln before a 2019 game against the Milwaukee Brewers. They compete in the Presidents Race every mid-fourth inning of a home game.

The Nationals' flagship radio station is WJFK-FM (106.7 FM) "The Fan", which is owned by Entercom. Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler are the play-by-play announcers. WJFK fronts a radio network of 19 stations serving portions of Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Delaware as well as the District.

WFED (1500 AM) had been the flagship station since the 2006 season until a multi-year agreement was reached between the Nationals and WJFK before the 2011 season. WFED remains on the network as an affiliate; its 50 kilowatt clear-channel signal allows the Nationals' home-team call to be heard up and down the East Coast.[77][78]

WWZZ (104.1 FM), which carried games in the 2005 season, was the team's first flagship radio station.[79]

Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) televises all games not picked up by one of MLB's national television partners. Bob Carpenter has been the TV play-by-play announcer since 2006 and F.P. Santangelo was hired in January 2011 as color analyst.[80]Mel Proctor was the TV play-by-announcer in 2005, and former color analysts are Ron Darling (2005), Tom Paciorek (2006), Don Sutton (2007-2008), and Rob Dibble, who took over the job in 2009 and was fired in September 2010 after criticizing Stephen Strasburg for not pitching while injured. Ray Knight filled in as color analyst in September 2010 after Dibble was fired.[80][80][81]

Previously, WDCA (channel 20) carried 76 games in the 2005 season while the newly founded MASN was still negotiating cable carriage.[82] From 2009 through 2017, MASN syndicated a package of 20 games for simulcast on an over-the-air television station in Washington. Broadcast partners under this arrangement were WDCW (channel 50) from 2009 through 2012 and CBS affiliate WUSA (channel 9) from 2013 through 2017.[83][84] MASN did not continue the syndication deal for the 2018 season.[85]

In the midst of a season in which they finished with the worst record in Major League Baseball, the Nationals' television ratings were among the worst in the National League in July 2008[86][87] but increased during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.[88][89] Since 2012, when they began to achieve consistent success on the field, their television viewership has grown continually and dramatically. By 2016, the Nationals? prime-time television ratings were 15th highest among the 29 U.S. MLB teams, and they rose to 12th in 2017.[90] Ratings declined to 18th among the 29 U.S. teams for the 2018 season.[91]



Baltimore Orioles (Beltway Series)

The Nationals have an inter-league rivalry with the nearby Baltimore Orioles, which is nicknamed the Beltway Series. The teams have played two series a season - one in Baltimore and one in Washington - since 2006.


  1. ^ They were: the Washington Olympics for 41 games in 1871-1872,[7] the Washington Nationals for 11 games in 1872,[8] the Washington Blue Legs for 39 games in 1873,[9] and a different Washington Nationals franchise for 28 games in 1875.[10]
  2. ^ a b During 2011, Riggleman and McLaren combined with Davey Johnson for an 80-81 (.497), third-place finish. Riggleman?s record in 2011 was 38-37 (.507), McLaren?s was 2-1 (.667), and Johnson?s was 40-43 (.482).
  3. ^ The Ring of Honor should not be confused with the Washington Hall of Stars.


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