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.
A two time All Star with the Montreal Expos in the 1980’s, Hubie Brooks would also become a two time Silver Slugger Award winner.  Brooks was one of the better hitting Shortstop of his day.
An All Star in 1989, Tim Burke was a Relief Pitcher the duration of his Montreal Expos stay and would Save 101 Games for the team..  Prior to being the team’s closer, Burke was used in middle relief and led the National League in Games Played in 1985, his rookie year.

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Spending three seasons with the Montreal Expos, Ken Hill would twice win 16 games as a Starting Pitcher, one of which (1994) saw Hill finish second in the Cy Young race.  Hill’s 16 wins would be enough to win that category that year.
Injury riddled for a good chunk of his career (he missed the entire 2007 season), Nick Johnson still produced well for the Expos/Nationals and had an On Base Percentage for that team over .400.  Johnson would hit 23 Home Runs for the organization in 2006.
The closer for the Montreal Expos for three seasons, John Wetteland would accumulate 105 Saves for the team with each year showcasing his relieving ability better than the year before.  Wetteland would become a three time All Star with the New York Yankees later in his career.
Playing for the Montreal Expos for three seasons in the late 1980’s, Pascual Perez had a solid stint where he would lead the National League in WHIP in 1988 and SO/BB in 1989.
Dan Schatzeder was a Montreal Expo twice where both times he was not considered to be an elite (or even a above average) Pitcher.  That did not stop the southpaw from putting together very solid runs predominantly as a spot starter and middle reliever.  Schatzeder would be with Montreal for eight seasons and was a lot more valuable than his traditional statistics.
Ken Singleton spent three seasons with the Montreal Expos in the 1970’s and would lead the National League in On Base Percentage in the 1973 season.  Singleton would finish ninth in NL MVP voting that year.
A member of the Washington Nationals for seven years, Wilson Ramos’s first six years in the Capital City would see him suffer through multiple injuries and occasional platooning, which would limit to a degree his production.  He made it on this list of the top 50 Washington Nationals based on the strength of his final season (2016) where he had career highs in Hits (148), Home Runs (22), Runs Batted In (80), and all aspects of the Slash Line (.307/.354/.496).  He was also named an All Star, a Silver Slugger and finished 17th in MVP voting that year.
An everyday Second Baseman for the Montreal Expos in the 1990’s, Mike Lansing would have a great season in 1996 when he belted 183 Hits.  He would also have another season where he managed 20 Home Runs.
Scott Sanderson had his best seasons as a Starting Pitcher with the Montreal Expos where he played during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.  Sanderson would have a winning record of 56 and 47 as an Expo starter.
Playing with the Montreal Expos in the early 2000’s, Brad Wilkerson showed off some power with a 32 Home Run season in the 2004 season and managed to have a relatively high On Base Percentage as an Expo/National of .365.  Wilkerson was also the runner-up for the 2002 National League Rookie of the Year.