MLB Takes Over Ownership NationalsWithout a viable owner willing to operate the team in Montreal, it was widely thought that the sale of the Expos to MLB was the first step in the process of either moving the team or folding it all together. Although their attendance increased from 7,935 per game in 2001 to 10,031 in 2002, MLB decided that the Expos would ...
Move to WashingtonOn September 29, 2004, MLB announced that the Expos would move to Washington, D.C. in 2005. The Expos played their final game on October 3 at Shea Stadium, losing by a score of 8–1 against the New York Mets, the same opponent that the Expos first faced at its start, 35 years earlier. On November 15, a lawsuit by the ...
Ted Lerner OwnershipWhen 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 ...
Nationals ParkFinally, on March 5, Major League Baseball signed a lease for a new ballpark, agreeing to the city’s $611 million cap. MLB also agreed to contribute $20 million toward the cost of the stadium, although it did not agree to cover stadium overruns. Further, MLB added the condition that excess ballpark tax revenue earmarked for debt service for the bonds ...
World Series Winner 2019The 2019 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2019 season. The 115th edition of the World Series was a best-of-seven playoff played between the American League champion Houston Astros and the National League champion Washington Nationals. The series was played from October 22 to October 30. The Nationals won the series, four games to three, ...
History of the Nationals
The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in the nation’s capital. The franchise was formed in 1969 as the Montreal Expos and moved to Washington, D.C., in 2005; they have been known as the Nationals since then. In its 50-year history, the team has experienced both highs and lows. Still, it is now one of baseball's most successful franchises with three division titles, four National League East championships, and an appearance at the World Series title game 2019 season.
The first decade of existence for Montreal Expos was marked by great success on the field led by Hall of Famer Gary Carter, who won two Gold Glove Awards during his time with them from 1974-84 while also leading them to five playoff appearances over that span, including 1981 when they advanced all way to National League Championship Series only lose out eventual champion Los Angeles Dodgers four games three despite having best record regular season 81 wins 59 losses. Despite this early success, however, the franchise had difficulty finding consistent winning formula afterward, missing playoffs for 18 years until 2002, when led future Hall Famer Vladimir Guerrero finished second place in NL East just behind Atlanta Braves.
Washington Nationals have become perennial contenders in recent years due essentially strong pitching staff, including Stephen Strasburg, Max Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Anibal Sanchez, and stellar lineup stars such as Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, Trea Turner, Victor Robles, Howie Kendrick, among others. After failing to make the postseason in 2018 after coming within a single win and clinching a wild card spot in 2017, the Nats bounced back a year later, capturing NL Pennant before ultimately falling short of Houston Astros' games series thrilling Game Seven showdown at Minute Maid Park October 30th, 2019, crowning champions MLB world champs yet another dramatic chapter storied history Washington Nationals baseball club here stay long haul sure bring many more exciting moments to come near future fans can look forward too.
Montreal – Washington D.C.
2000 – Present / Major League Baseball
1969 – 1999 / National League
2005 – Present / Washington Nationals
1969 – 2004 / Montreal Expos
Nationals – Baseball fans in the nation’s capital have been cheering on the Washington Nationals since 2005, but few know that their nickname has a long and exciting history. The team's name is derived from an earlier major league baseball club founded in 1859 as part of the National Association of Baseball Players. This original incarnation of the “Nationals” competed for nearly two decades before disbanding following financial difficulties associated with America's Civil War.
In 1901, another version of this same franchise joined Major League Baseball (MLB) as a charter member under its new moniker: The Washington Senators. Over time, this team became known affectionately by locals simply as "the Nats," they continued to compete until 1960 when they were relocated to Minnesota and renamed “The Twins."
Though no professional teams were based out of D.C. between 1961-2004 due to MLB expansion rules, residents never lost their love for baseball or forgot about "the Nats." When MLB finally returned to D.C., it made perfect sense for them to rekindle this beloved nickname, thus giving birth once again to The Washington Nationals - now one of the most successful franchises in all sports!
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2008 – Present / Nationals Park
2005 – 2007 / Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium
1977 – 2004 / Olympic Stadium
1969 – 1976 / Jarry Park Stadium
2006 – Present / Theodore N. Lerner
2002 – 2006 / Major League Baseball
1999 – 2002 / Jeffrey Loria
1991 – 1999 / Claude Brochu
1969 – 1991 / Charles Bronfman
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
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42 / Jackie Robinson
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