The Washington Nationals, based out of Washington, D.C. are members of the Eastern Division of the MLB's National League. From 2005 to 2007 they played at RFK stadium and since 2008 they've been playing at Nationals Park. Their nickname comes from the former Washington baseball team that ghad the same title.
The Nationals were originally established as an expansion franchise in 1969 as the Montreal Expos, the first MLB team in Canada. They were based out of Montreal, Quebec and played their home games at Park Stadium and later in Olympic Stadium. During the strike-shortened 1981 season, the Expos won a divisional championship and made their only post-season appearance as a Montreal franchise defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 in the NLDS, but losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2 in the NLCS. After shedding players and the threat of having their team’s franchise revoked by the MLB, they were purchased by the MLB in 2002 and moved before the 2005 season to Washington.
The Nationals were the first relocated team since the second Washington Senators moved to Arlington, Texas becoming the Texas Rangers in 1972. In 2012, they clinched a spot in the playoffs and became the first Washington-based baseball team to advance to the postseason in 79 years. With the help of young slugger Bryce Harper, flame throwing pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and face of the franchise Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals look poised to make their first World Series appearance in the near future.
The rich history of the Washington Nationals franchise continues to grow with each season of Major League Baseball. Be sure to take a look at all of the must have pieces in our Washington Nationals memorabilia selection that are ready to be taken home and shown off in your baseball collection today. Don't miss out on the opportunity to own autographed merchandise from some of the league's youngest and brightest stars like Stephen Strasburg signed photos and Bryce Harper signed baseballs.
- World Series Wins: None
- Pennant Wins: None
- Retired Numbers: None
- Current Stars: Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Trea Turner, Max Scherzer