Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com 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 here, but 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.