Washington Nationals

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The Washington Nationals are a professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C.. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division.wikipedia
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Nationals Park

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From 2005 to 2007, the team played in RFK Stadium; since 2008 their home stadium has been Nationals Park on South Capitol Street in Southeast D.C., near the Anacostia River.
Nationals Park is a baseball park along the Anacostia River in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It is the home ballpark for the Washington Nationals, the city's Major League Baseball franchise.

History of Washington, D.C. professional baseball

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The Nationals are the eighth major league franchise to be based in Washington, D.C., and the first since 1971.
Washington, DC has been home to over a dozen baseball organizations since 1872 and is currently represented by the Washington Nationals.

Montreal Expos

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The current National League club was founded in 1969 as the Montreal Expos, part of the MLB expansion. The Montreal Expos, part of the MLB expansion, which included the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers), Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres.
Following the 2004 season, the franchise relocated to Washington, D.C., and became the Washington Nationals.

Stephen Strasburg

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Two of the team's first overall picks in the MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Bryce Harper in 2010, attracted new levels of attention to the team. Thanks to back-to-back No. 1 picks of Stephen Strasburg (in 2009) and Bryce Harper (in 2010), and other strong moves to their farm system, the Nationals became a contending team by 2012, winning division titles in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017, but have lost in NLDS each time.
Stephen James Strasburg ( born July 20, 1988) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Bryce Harper

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Two of the team's first overall picks in the MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Bryce Harper in 2010, attracted new levels of attention to the team. Thanks to back-to-back No. 1 picks of Stephen Strasburg (in 2009) and Bryce Harper (in 2010), and other strong moves to their farm system, the Nationals became a contending team by 2012, winning division titles in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017, but have lost in NLDS each time.
He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Washington Nationals.

National League East

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The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division.
Washington Nationals – Founding member (originally as the Montreal Expos in 1969)

Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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At the time of his selection, Strasburg was called the "most-hyped pick in draft history," and Harper later became the youngest position player to be selected to the MLB All-Star Game.
The most recent All-Star Game was held on July 17, 2018, at Nationals Park, home of the National League's Washington Nationals.

History of the Washington Senators (1901–60)

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They were followed by another Washington Senators franchise in 1901, a charter member of the new American League, who were officially named the Washington Nationals from 1905 to 1956. The Washington Senators, a founding member of the American League (AL), played in the nation's capital from 1901 to 1960 before moving to Minnesota and becoming the Twins.
However, the names "Senators", "Nationals" and shorter "Nats" were used interchangeably by fans and media for the next sixty years; in, the latter two names were revived for the current National League franchise that had previously played in Montreal.

Seattle Mariners

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Including their time in Montreal, the Nationals are one of two franchises, and the only one in the National League, never to have won a league pennant and played in a World Series, along with the Seattle Mariners of the American League.
The Mariners are one of seven Major League Baseball teams who have never won a World Series championship, and one of two (along with the Washington Nationals) never to have played in a World Series.

Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

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From 2005 to 2007, the team played in RFK Stadium; since 2008 their home stadium has been Nationals Park on South Capitol Street in Southeast D.C., near the Anacostia River.
That year the National League's newly renamed Washington Nationals made it their home while a new permanent home, Nationals Park, was constructed.

List of first overall Major League Baseball draft picks

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Two of the team's first overall picks in the MLB Draft, Stephen Strasburg in 2009 and Bryce Harper in 2010, attracted new levels of attention to the team.
The Montreal Expos never had the first pick, but the Nationals have had it twice.

Jarry Park Stadium

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Named after the Expo 67 World's Fair, the Expos' initial home was Jarry Park.
Jarry Park Stadium (Stade Parc Jarry ) is a former baseball stadium in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which served as home to the Montreal Expos (today's Washington Nationals), Major League Baseball's first Canadian franchise, from 1969 to 1976.

Olympic Stadium (Montreal)

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Starting in 1977, the team's home venue was Montreal's Olympic Stadium, built for the 1976 Summer Olympics.
Following the 2004 baseball season, the Expos relocated to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals.

Major League Baseball

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The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) East division.
The Montreal Expos became the first franchise in over three decades to move when they became the Washington Nationals in 2005.

Minnesota Twins

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The first American League Senators franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Minnesota Twins. The Washington Senators, a founding member of the American League (AL), played in the nation's capital from 1901 to 1960 before moving to Minnesota and becoming the Twins.
The current "Nationals" and "Nats" names were revived in 2005, when the Montreal Expos relocated to Washington to become the Nationals.

San Diego Padres

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The Montreal Expos, part of the MLB expansion, which included the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers), Kansas City Royals, and San Diego Padres.
In 1969, the Padres joined the ranks of Major League Baseball as one of four new expansion teams, along with the Montreal Expos (now the Washington Nationals), the Kansas City Royals, and the Seattle Pilots (now the Milwaukee Brewers).

Texas Rangers (baseball)

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They were replaced that season by a second Senators franchise, who eventually moved to Arlington, Texas, after the 1971 season and became the Texas Rangers.
The nation's capital went with out Major League Baseball for 33 years until the relocation of the National League's Montreal Expos who became the Washington Nationals.

1981 National League Championship Series

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The team won its only division championship in the strike-shortened split season of 1981, ending its season with a three games to two loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series.
It was the first Major League Baseball postseason series played outside the United States, the first postseason appearance for the Expos, and their only appearance during their time in Montreal (the team moved to Washington, D.C. in 2005, becoming the Washington Nationals).

World Series

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Including their time in Montreal, the Nationals are one of two franchises, and the only one in the National League, never to have won a league pennant and played in a World Series, along with the Seattle Mariners of the American League.
The Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals, were the best team in baseball at the time of the stoppage, with a record of 74–40 (since their founding in 1969, the Expos/Nationals have never played in a World Series.)

Relocation of professional sports teams

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The Washington Senators, a founding member of the American League (AL), played in the nation's capital from 1901 to 1960 before moving to Minnesota and becoming the Twins.
2005: Montreal Expos moved to Washington, D.C. and became the Washington Nationals. The Expos had split time between Montreal and San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2003 and 2004. This was the first relocation in 33 years.

2009 Major League Baseball draft

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Thanks to back-to-back No. 1 picks of Stephen Strasburg (in 2009) and Bryce Harper (in 2010), and other strong moves to their farm system, the Nationals became a contending team by 2012, winning division titles in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017, but have lost in NLDS each time.

Washington Senators (1891–99)

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The Washington Senators, who were often referred to as the Nationals, played in the National League from 1892 to 1899.
Baseball returned to the Capital in 2005 when the Montreal Expos became the Washington Nationals.

2010 Major League Baseball draft

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Thanks to back-to-back No. 1 picks of Stephen Strasburg (in 2009) and Bryce Harper (in 2010), and other strong moves to their farm system, the Nationals became a contending team by 2012, winning division titles in 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017, but have lost in NLDS each time.
Sammy Solis, 2nd round, 51st overall by the Washington Nationals

2012 Washington Nationals season

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The Washington Nationals' 2012 season was the eighth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the fifth season at Nationals Park, and the 44th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec.

1981 Montreal Expos season

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They made it to the postseason for the first time in franchise history (the only time while the franchise was in Montreal, and the only time in franchise history until the Washington Nationals made the playoffs in 2012).