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Washington Nationals: Their Recent History

By Edited Aug 20, 2016 0 0

The Washington Nationals have not had the best of times since moving from Montreal after the 2004 season. The team has managed to finish .500 just once since that time, and even when the team finished 81-81 in 2005, the Nationals still finished at the bottom of the NL East.

Nevertheless, Washington has shown improvement, and the team’s 80-81 record in 2011 was the best since the 81-81 record in 2005.

Washington Nationals: Their Recent History

2007

Record: 73-89
NL East Finish: 4th
Playoffs: None

Manna Acta took over for Frank Robinson as manager. The Nationals improved their win total by two games but still only managed a fourth-place finish. The team was led offensively by third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (24 HR, 91 RBI) and first baseman Dmitri Young (.320 BA). However, the pitching was generally poor, as no member on the staff managed more than eight wins.

All-Star Player

1B Dmitri Young

2008

Record: 59-102
NL East Finish: 5th
Playoffs: None

Only twice did the Montreal Expos win fewer than 60 games. The Nationals managed to do that in 2008 by finishing with a 59-102 record. The poor season overshadowed the opening of Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Highlights were few and far between, but Christian Guzman had a solid year at the plate with a .316 average.

All-Star Player

SS Cristian Guzman

2009

Record: 59-103
NL East Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

The reason why the 2009 season was worse than the 2008 season in Washington was that the Nationals did not have to make up a rain-out game in 2008. In 2009, the team played a full 162-game schedule and lost 103 of those games. Only the 1969 and 1976 Expos (110 and 107, respectively) lost more games in franchise history. Jim Riggleman replaced Acta as manager after Acta had won only 26 of the first 87 games in 2009. Riggleman finished the season with a 33-42 record.

Zimmerman had a better season in 2009 than he did in 2008. He hit 33 home runs and knocked in 106 RBI.

All-Star Players

None

2010

Record: 69-93
NL East Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

Although a .426 winning percentage is usually not cause for celebration, the Nationals managed to win 10 more games than they had in 2008 and 2009. Zimmerman again showed improvement, hitting .307 with 25 homers and 85 RBI. First baseman Adam Dunn added 38 home runs with 103 RBI.

All-Star Player

P Matt Capps

2011

Record: 80-81
NL East Finish: 3rd
Playoffs: None

The Nationals were above .500 as late as June 23, but Riggleman resigned soon after that, citing contractual problems. Former Mets, Reds, Orioles, and Dodgers manager Davey Johnson later took over. The Nationals were not able to move into contention, but the team finished just one game shy of the .500 mark.

All-Star Player

P Tyler Clippard

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