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  • Division champs: 2 (1981, 1994)
  • Wild Card: N/A
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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.

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Cy Young

Rookie of the Year

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

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