Top 50 Washington Nationals

The Nation’s Capital of Washington D.C. may have seen a World Series Championship but it was not from the current incarnation of their team, the Washington Nationals.

The Nationals originally began in French Canada as the Montreal Expos in 1969, a team that finally made the MLB playoffs in 1981.  In 1994, prior to the MLB strike, they had the best record in the game, but as imagined they would not have the opportunity to compete for the World Series.  

Still, the Montreal Expos/Washington Nationals have a lot of past players worth celebrating and a collection of current talent that could see them earn their first World Series in the near future.


Note: Baseball lists are based on an amalgamation of tenure, traditional statistics, advanced statistics, playoff statistics and post-season accolades.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2017 Season.
Rusty Staub (Le Grande Orange) was an original Montreal Expo and had such great popularity over those three seasons he played there (though he did come back for a cup of coffee late in his career) that the team retired his number.  Staub would be an All Star those three years and would put up an On Base Percentage over .400 as an Expo.
An original Montreal Expo, Bob Bailey was a good hitter who would three times exceed twenty Home Runs in a season and actually topped over 1.000 in OPS during the 1970 campaign.
Anthony Rendon came with a lot of expectations and how could he not be?  The former Dick Howser Trophy winner from Rice University was drafted sixth overall in 2011 and he has proven to be a balanced player for the Nationals as of this writing.
Rondell White spent the 1990’s with the Montreal Expos organization and was a productive Outfielder who nearly accumulated 20 for his Expos bWAR.  White would have two seasons where he eclipsed the .300 Batting Average in Montreal and had over 100 Home Runs there.
Bryn Smith spent the majority of his career as a starting pitcher with the Montreal Expos. He would finish his career with Montreal with a 81-71 record and his best season saw him go 18 and 5 with a 1.052 WHIP in 1985.
A three time Silver Slugger, Ian Desmond spent his first seven years with the Washington Nationals. Desmond would record three 20/20 seasons as a National and was an All Star in 2012.
An original Montreal Expo who was an All Star in 1973, Ron Fairly had over 600 Hits in Montreal with a decent .381 On Base Percentage.
An All Star in 1977, Ellis Valentine would win the Gold Glove the following year and for a time was known as having the most powerful throwing arms in the game.  Valentine could hit too as he had three straight seasons hitting more than 20 Home Runs.
Warren Cromartie would spend a great deal of his time in Japan, but in North America, “Crow” was known for his time with the Montreal Expos, where he would play eight seasons and accumulate over 1,000 Hits.
Like Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga would find himself a major star with the Colorado Rockies, but it as a Montreal Expo where he first proved he was a better than average Major League Baseball player.  “The Big Cat” was an All Star in 1988 and would lead the NL in Hits that year.  Throw in a Silver Slugger and two Gold Gloves, and it is easy to see why the Expos fans were upset to lose another budding star.
An elite reliever for a few seasons with the Montreal Expos, Jeff Reardon would go to two All Star Games and led the National League in Saves in 1985. That season he would win the NL Rolaids Relief Award and would tally 152 Saves in Montreal.
 Daniel Murphy only played two and a half seasons with the Washington Nationals, which came after a long run with the New York Mets where he was poised to be a star in Gotham.

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Jeff Fassero did not debut until he was 28 and two years later he worked his way into the starting rotation two years later.  Fassero would finish ninth in Cy Young voting in 1996 and overall as an Expo had a 58 and 48 record.
The runner up for the 1980 National League Rookie of the Year, Bill Gullickson had an underappreciated career as a starting Pitcher.  Gullickson would lead the NL in FIP in 1981 and in BB/9 in 1984, but this was at a time when those stats were not exactly understood…or even known!
Al Oliver was only with Montreal for two seasons but those were excellent offensive campaigns, which saw him win the National League Batting Title and lead the league in Hits.  Oliver was an All Star both years and also led the NL in doubles both times.  Had he been a better defensive player (or at least not a liability as he led the NL in errors for a First Basemen both years) he would have been ranked much higher.
Tanner Roark's first seven seasons in the Majors were with the Washington Nationals where he was predominately been used late in the starting rotation. and has produced for the Nats a solid run.  In Roarke's second season (2014), he would go 15-10 with an eighth place finish in WHIP (1.092).  He regressed in 2015 and was demoted to the bullpen for a spell, but he came back in 2016 with his best season in Washington with 16 Wins, a sub 3.00 ERA, and was tenth in Cy Young voting.  His last two seasons were not as good, but he remained as…
The son of former star Felipe Alou (and his manager with the Expos) Moises Alou began his successful career in Major League Baseball (save for two games in Pittsburgh) with the Montreal Expos.  Alou was an All Star in the strike-shortened 1994 season where he batted .339 and was also named a Silver Slugger while finishing third in MVP voting.  Alou would also have a pair of 20 Home Run seasons for the Expos.
Blessed with a lot of hair and a good bat, Jayson Werth became a very popular player with the Washington Nationals.  Twice as a National, Werth has hit over .300 and also has collected over 20 Home Runs in three different seasons.  The popular player would finish 13th and 18th respectively in MVP voting in 2013 and 2014.
Larry Parrish had a solid run with the Montreal Expos as a starting Third Basemen.   Parrish was an All Star in 1979 and would blast 100 Home Runs as an Expo.