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The Best Washington Nationals Of All Time

Updated May 31, 2020 16.6k votes 1.0k voters 18.4k views168 items

List RulesPlease only rank the players based on their time with the Expos/Nationals

This is a list of the greatest Washington Nationals ever, whether top Nationals pitchers or top hitters. Before moving to Washington after the 2004 season, the Montreal Expos were known as one of the most star-crossed franchises in baseball history. Despite the team's amazing talent and some of the best players ever, the Expos were never able to win a championship. The Expos of the early '80s featured two of the top players in Expos/Washington Nationals history in Gary Carter and Andre Dawson. Both of these players are in the Baseball Hall of Fame and are the only players to wear Expos caps on their Hall of Fame plaques. The 1994 Expos team was broken up due to the player's strike and economics. At the time of the strike, the Expos had the best record in baseball and appeared to be on a collision course with the New York Yankees or Chicago White Sox in that year's World Series. That team featured some of the best players in team history including Pedro Martinez, Larry Walker, Marquis Grissom, John Wetteland and Moises Alou. After the strike, the team never recovered and moved to Washington and became the Nationals.

The Nationals early years in Washington D.C. were not successful. The team finished in the National League East's basement from 2005 through 2010 before the Nationals' young talent finally flourished. The franchise's mainstay has been third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. At this early stage in Nationals history, Zimmerman is considered one of the best players to play in Washington D.C. The Nationals have their hopes pinned to youngsters Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, both of whom were a part of the team's first National League East Division title in 2012, the franchise's first since 1981 in Montreal.

This is the list of the best Washington Nationals of all time. It also includes the greatest Montreal Expos players in history. If you see someone missing from this list, fee free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to the way you deem fit.  

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  • Max Scherzer1
    477
    93

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

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    #105 of 582 The Greatest Baseball Players Of All Time#30 of 278 The Best Starting Pitchers of All Time

  • Stephen Strasburg2
    415
    98

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

  • Ryan Zimmerman3
    431
    103

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceWashington, North Carolina

  • Gary Carter4
    296
    88

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Culver City, California, United States of America

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  • Tim Raines5
    296
    89

    Tim Raines

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida

  • Vladimir Guerrero6
    344
    125

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceDon Gregorio, Dominican Republic

  • Andre Dawson7
    331
    127

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

  • Dennis Martínez8
    259
    71

    BirthplaceGranada, Nicaragua

  • Pedro Martínez9
    264
    93

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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  • Trea Turner10
    202
    40

    Trea Turner

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceLake Worth, Florida

  • Larry Walker11
    202
    79

    Larry Walker

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMaple Ridge, Canada

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    #88 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History#23 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

  • Anthony Rendon12
    261
    116

    Anthony Rendon

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

  • Jayson Werth13
    183
    86

    Jayson Werth

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

  • Steve Rogers14
    143
    62

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

  • Ian Desmond15
    142
    69

    Ian Desmond

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceSarasota, Florida

  • Jordan Zimmermann16
    148
    80

    BirthplaceAuburndale, Wisconsin

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  • Wilson Ramos17
    126
    63

    BirthplaceValencia, Venezuela

  • Andrés Galarraga18
    125
    77

    Andrés Galarraga

    First baseman

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

  • Moisés Alou19
    146
    97

    Moisés Alou

    Right fielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • Rusty Staub20
    121
    77

    Rusty Staub

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

  • Gio Gonzalez21
    120
    67

    BirthplaceHialeah, Florida

  • Randy Johnson22
    137
    96

    Randy Johnson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWalnut Creek, California, United States of America

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    #21 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #392 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time

  • Tim Wallach23
    110
    90

    Tim Wallach

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHuntington Park, California

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    #371 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#53 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time

  • Tanner Roark24
  • Bryce Harper25
    328
    326

    Bryce Harper

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

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    #1 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#98 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes