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.