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NL East
  • World Series titles: N/A
  • National League champs: N/A
  • Division champs: 2 (1981, 1994)
  • Wild Card: N/A
  • Nationals Park (2008–present)
  • RFK Stadium 2005-2007
  • Hiram Bithorn Stadium (San Juan) (2003–2004)
  • Olympic Stadium (Montreal) (1977–2004)
  • Jarry Park (Montreal) (1969–1976)
Front Office
  • Owner: Ted Lerner
  • General Manager: Mike Rizzo
  • Manager: Jim Riggleman

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Ryan Zimmerman, Third-Baseman. The Nationals may have one of the best hot-corner players in all of baseball. He is a very productive hitter (in a pitcher's park nonetheless) and adds shut-down defense to his resume. Many Gold-Glove awards are foreseen in his future.

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A Look Ahead

Since moving to Washington D.C. the Nationals have yet to have a winning record in a season. The 2008 team looks to turn this stat category around and compete in the eastern division.

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The Washington Nationals are in a rebuilding process. They have a new stadium hosting "new" franchise, with lots of young players such as Ryan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg.

Team History

O Canada

In 1968, Major League Baseball announced that it would enter Canada starting in the 1969 season. With the league already expanding into other cities, a voyage north seemed both reasonable and timely. Charles Bronfman, who made his money owning Seagrams, owned the team—the Montreal Expos. The team was named after "Expositions 1967", a huge event in Montreal which celebrated Canada's 100th birthday.

The Expos got off to a fast start, beating the eventual world champion New York Mets 11-10 in their first ever game, a road contest at Shea Stadium. They also won their home opener, at Parc Jarry, against the St. Louis Cardinals, behind the strength of a Mack Jones three-run blast. Before April was out, the Expos were again making headlines, as pitcher Bill Stoeman no-hit the Philadelphia Phillies.

Unfortunately, the Expos only won 49 other games in their inaugural year, ending up with a last place, 52-110 record. And that losing feeling would continue on through 1978.

Along the way, the Expos had some positive luck. In 1970, Carl Morton won 18 games and the NL Rookie of the Year. With the 1976 Summer Olympics over, the team inherited Stade Olympique, a/k/a/ "The Big O", the centerpiece of Montreal's Games, in 1977. That same year, outfielder Andre Dawson won the team's second Cy Young in the decade.

In 1979, things started looking up. With stars like Dawson and Gary Carter on the squad, the Expos were primed to compete. With a week left to play, the Expos were still in striking distance of the eventual World Champion Pittsburgh Pirates, and, in fact, finished the season one game shy in the loss column. And in 1980, the team went 90-72, but again just missed winning the division.

In 1981, however, the players strike hit—to the Expos benefit. When the strike went into effect, the Expos were 30-25, four games out of first. When the game returned, it did so with an edict that the second half be considered its own season. The Expos went 30-23 in the second half, beating the St. Louis Cardinals by half a game. The team beat the first-half champion Philadelphia Phillies in five games, and earned the right to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. After four hard-fought games, the Expos season came to a crashing end as Rick Monday homered off Steve Rogers.

Retired Numbers

Note: The Washington Nationals, formerly known as the Montreal Expos, have yet to retire any numbers. The Expos had numbers in which they retired, but when the franchise was relocated, the numbers became available for use for active players. The Expos retired three numbers for four players:

The Expos also retired the number 81 for former team owner, Charles Bronfman.

Franchise Owners

  • Charles Bronfman 1969-1991
  • Claude Brochu 1991-1998
  • Jeffrey Loria 1998-2002
  • Expos Baseball, LP a subsidiary of Major League Baseball 2002-2006
  • Ted Lerner 2006-

Franchise General Managers

  • Jim Fanning 1969-76
  • Charlie Fox 1976-78
  • John McHale 1978-84
  • Murray Cook 1984-87
  • Bill Stoneman 1987-88
  • Dave Dombrowski 1988-91
  • Dan Duquette 1991-94
  • Kevin Malone 1994-95
  • Jim Beattie 1995-2001
  • Larry Beinfest 2001
  • Omar Minaya 2001-04
  • Jim Bowden 2005-

Franchise Managers

  • Gene Mauch 1969-75
  • Karl Kuehl 1976
  • Charlie Fox 1976
  • Dick Williams 1977-81
  • Jim Fanning 1981-82, 1984
  • Bill Virdon 1983-84
  • Buck Rodgers 1985-91
  • Tom Runnells 1991-92
  • Felipe Alou 1992-2001
  • Jeff Torborg 2001
  • Frank Robinson 2002-2006
  • Manny Acta 2007-2009
  • Jim Riggleman 2009-


Cy Young

Rookie of the Year

  • Carl Morton 1970
  • Andre Dawson 1977

Record Per Season

Washington Nationals
Year Record Winning %
2005 81-81 .500
2006 71-91 .438
2007 73-89 .451
2008 59-102 .366
2009 58-103 .360

*Previously known as Montreal Expos

Team Records

Career Records

  • Home Runs: Vladimir Guerrero 234
  • Runs Batted In: Tim Wallach 838
  • Batting Average (minimum 1,000 plate appearances): Vladimir Guerrero .323
  • Batting Average (minimum 2,000 plate appearances): Vladimir Guerrero .323
  • Batting Average (minimum 3,000 plate appearances): Vladimir Guerrero .323
  • Batting Average (minimum 4,000 plate appearances): Vladimir Guerrero .323
  • Hits: Tim Wallach 1694
  • Runs: Tim Raines 947
  • Doubles: Tim Wallach 360
  • Triples: Tim Raines 82
  • Stolen Bases: Tim Raines 635
  • Walks: Tim Raines 793
  • Wins: Steve Rogers 158
  • Saves: Jeff Reardon 152
  • Strikeouts: Steve Rogers 1621
  • Earned Run Average: Tim Burke 2.61

Single Season Records

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Minor League Teams

  • AAA: Syracuse Chiefs - International League
  • AA: Harrisburg Senators - Eastern League
  • Advanced A: Potomac Nationals - Carolina League
  • A: Hagerstown Suns - South Atlantic League
  • Short A: Vermont Lake Monsters - New York-Penn League
  • Rookie: Gulf Coast Nationals - Gulf Coast League
  • Rookie: DSL Nationals - Dominican Summer League

See also