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3. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer has only been with the Washington Nationals for four seasons and he did something that we thought either Bryce Harper or Stephen Strasburg would do first.  He is the first player who competed in Washington to be in the top five in franchise history.

36. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer was part of an elite staff with the Tigers and while Justin Verlander received the lion’s share of the attention, Scherzer was a former Cy Young Winner, a trophy he earned in 2013.  With his near sidearm delivery (a brilliant three quarters delivery) Scherzer’s Cy Young campaign saw him post a sub 1.000 Whip and in his five years as a Tiger he had an outstanding record of 82 and 35.

Our Top 50 All-Time Washington Nationals have been updated

As always, we here at continue to update our existing lists.

As we slowly put together our Top 50 all-time players for every major team we constantly continue to update our existing ones. For the second time, we are updating the first franchise 50 we ever posted, the Washington Nationals.

Since the last time we revised our Washington Nationals two things have changed.

The first is that since our last revision in two and a half years ago, we have relaxed the dependence on advanced statistic and put a higher reward on individual seasons. We think this allows for a more equitable balance on traditional and advanced metrics.

The second and of course obvious change is that two full seasons have passed. This list is now up until the end of the 2017 Season.

The entire list can be found here and we certainly encourage you to take a look at it and let us know your thoughts and opinions.

Prior to that we wanted to make you aware of a few major changes on the list since the last revision.

Max Scherzer debuts at #9. While his tenure with Washington has certainly been brief, three All Stars and two Cy Youngs already make him one of the most successful hurlers in Nationals history.

2014 Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon makes his first appearance at #22.

Other debuts on current Nationals are Daniel Murphy (#31) and Tanner Roarke (#35).

Other jumps in active Washington Nationals include Bryce Harper from #9 to #8, Steven Strasburg goes from #29 to #11 and Gio Gonzalez moves from #28 to #16.

Other debuts based on our revisions are Moises Alou (#38), Dan Schatzeder (#45) and Wilson Ramos (#47).

As you may have deduced, the entire list has been shuffled.

We will be unveiling the Top 50 All-Time Dallas Stars next.

Our All-Time Top 50 Washington Nationals have been revised

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity.  As such, we are very happy to present the fourth revision of our top 50 Washington Nationals of all-time.

As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National League.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Please note that this is the latest update since the end of the 2018 season, and needless to say, the first since the Nationals won the 2019 World Series.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2018-19 Season.

The complete list can be found herebut as always we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Gary Carter

2. Tim Raines

3. Max Scherzer

4. Andre Dawson

5. Steve Rogers

A significant change has taken place in the top five, as Max Scherzer has rocketed up from #9 to #3.  While this may seem incredibly high for a player who has only been with the team for five seasons, it also reflects how we look at how a player performs in individual seasons equally to their overall tenure.  Scherzer has won two Cy Youngs, with the other three years also seeing him finish in the top five in voting.  If this isn’t the best half-decade in franchise history, then what is?

There were other significant ranking changes based on 2019.  

Stephen Strasburg, the 2019 World Series MVP moves from #11 to #6.  Anthony Rendon, who was third in MVP voting rocketed from #22 to #12. He left the Nationals to join the Angels in the off-season.  There is a debut in Trea Turner, who makes his first appearance at #35.

As always, we thank you for your support.

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