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The Best Washington Nationals Of All Time

Updated May 31, 2020 16.4k votes 993 voters 18.2k 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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  • 1
    Stephen Strasburg
    409
    91

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

  • 2
    Max Scherzer
    469
    90

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

  • 3
    Ryan Zimmerman
    423
    97

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceWashington, North Carolina

  • 4
    Gary Carter
    288
    86

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

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  • 5
    Tim Raines
    286
    89

    Tim Raines

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida

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  • 6
    Vladimir Guerrero
    335
    125

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceDon Gregorio, Dominican Republic

  • 7
    Dennis Martínez
    251
    70

    BirthplaceGranada, Nicaragua

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  • 8
    Andre Dawson
    320
    127

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

  • 9
    Trea Turner
    193
    38

    Trea Turner

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceLake Worth, Florida

  • 10
    Pedro Martínez
    256
    93

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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  • 11
    Larry Walker
    197
    79

    Larry Walker

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMaple Ridge, Canada

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  • 12
    Anthony Rendon
    253
    116

    Anthony Rendon

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

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  • 13
    Jayson Werth
    180
    82

    Jayson Werth

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

  • 14
    Steve Rogers
    138
    62

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

  • 15
    Jordan Zimmermann
    148
    78

    BirthplaceAuburndale, Wisconsin

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  • 16
    Ian Desmond
    142
    68

    Ian Desmond

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceSarasota, Florida

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  • 17
    Wilson Ramos
    126
    61

    BirthplaceValencia, Venezuela

  • 18
    Andrés Galarraga
    123
    77

    Andrés Galarraga

    First baseman

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

  • 19
    Rusty Staub
    121
    76

    Rusty Staub

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

  • 20
    Gio Gonzalez
    120
    67

    BirthplaceHialeah, Florida

  • 21
    Moisés Alou
    144
    97

    Moisés Alou

    Right fielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • 22
    Randy Johnson
    136
    95

    Randy Johnson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWalnut Creek, California, United States of America

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  • 23
    Tanner Roark
  • 24
    Tim Wallach
    108
    90

    Tim Wallach

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHuntington Park, California

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  • 25
    Bryce Harper
    318
    326

    Bryce Harper

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada