Washington Nationals, popularly known as NATs, are one of the American professional baseball teams. They are based in Washington, D.C., and they participate in the Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member team from National League East Division (NL). They were previously known as the Montreal Expos from 1969 till 2004. With their relocation to the capital state Washington DC, they got named the Washington Nationals in 2005.
At first, the Washington Nationals were situated in Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, also known as RFK Stadium, from 2005 to 2007. Then, the team relocated to Nationals Park in 2008 to the present. The owner of the team is Ted Lerner who took over the ownership of the club in 2006.
This team had a rather unsettled history as it initiated from multiple short-lived teams, and changed hands and locations from as early as the 1870s. So Ted Lerner decided to bring in Stan Kasten as president of the team. Stan had built a reputation as an architect of teams, and the Washington Nationals were much needed that. He set in action a series of steps that became known as “The Plan”, and it involved the long-range rebuilding and restructuring of the team from the ground up, with Mike Rizzo as vice president and Jim Bowden as manager. The process of the building began and went on until a strong team was initiated. During that phase, the team was always known to participate in all MLB competitions. Mike Rizzo went on to become General Manager and President of Baseball Operations with David Martinez as Manager.
After years of struggling, it was not until 2012 that the Washington Nationals won their first title – East Division Title. They have since enjoyed considerable success winning the East Division Title in 2014, 2016, and 2017. The Washington Nationals have not yet managed to win the World Series or any Pennants.
The team has managed to procure quite a number of prominent players, especially through the efforts of Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Bryce Harper in 2010. Some of the players in the Baseball Hall of Fame are Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Frank Robinson, Ivan Rodriguez among others. Nowadays, the team has quite a formidable current roster with good records.
As far as rivalries are concerned, the Washington Nationals have a rival team of their own, the Baltimore Orioles. The two teams are nearby geographically, and the rivalry between them is an interleague rivalry. The teams play two series per season since 2006, one in Washington and the other in Baltimore, though it is a competitive rivalry, it remains a peaceful one.
Although most fans have no idea or are not interested that their team has a long history, still some are proud that the Washington Nationals go way back to the 1800s. This richness in history makes them an important team and an interesting one as well.
With bated breath, fans wait for the successes that will surely come to such a team that has seen years of building.