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The Best Washington Nationals Of All Time

Updated May 31, 2020 16.5k votes 1.0k voters 18.6k 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
    480
    90

    BirthplaceChesterfield, Missouri

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  • Stephen Strasburg2
    420
    99

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

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    #32 of 32 The Greatest Hitting Pitchers in Baseball History#6 of 116 The Best Current MLB Pitchers

  • Ryan Zimmerman3
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    100

    Ryan Zimmerman

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceWashington, North Carolina

  • Gary Carter4
    286
    88

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

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  • Tim Raines5
    286
    88

    Tim Raines

    Left fielder

    BirthplaceSanford, Florida

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    #108 of 149 The Greatest New York Yankees Of All Time#114 of 142 The Greatest Left-Fielders of All Time

  • Dennis Martínez6
    262
    72

    BirthplaceGranada, Nicaragua

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    #81 of 511 The Best Baseball Players NOT in the Hall of Fame#86 of 197 The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

  • Vladimir Guerrero7
    332
    122

    Vladimir Guerrero

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceDon Gregorio, Dominican Republic

  • Andre Dawson8
    320
    124

    Andre Dawson

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

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    #31 of 174 The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time#36 of 142 The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

  • Trea Turner9
    208
    39

    Trea Turner

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceLake Worth, Florida

  • Pedro Martínez10
    255
    92

    Pedro Martínez

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceManoguayabo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

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  • Larry Walker11
    195
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    Larry Walker

    Right fielder, Outfielder

    BirthplaceMaple Ridge, Canada

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    #8 of 12 Baseball Players With The All Time Weirdest Superstitions#1 of 64 The Best Canadian MLB Players Ever

  • Anthony Rendon12
    259
    114

    Anthony Rendon

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

  • Jayson Werth13
    183
    83

    Jayson Werth

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Illinois

  • Steve Rogers14
    138
    61

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

  • Ian Desmond15
    140
    67

    Ian Desmond

    Shortstop

    BirthplaceSarasota, Florida

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  • Jordan Zimmermann16
    144
    77

    BirthplaceAuburndale, Wisconsin

  • Wilson Ramos17
    124
    61

    BirthplaceValencia, Venezuela

  • Andrés Galarraga18
    120
    76

    Andrés Galarraga

    First baseman

    BirthplaceCaracas, Venezuela

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    #25 of 106 The Best Atlanta Braves Of All Time#23 of 150 The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

  • Moisés Alou19
    140
    95

    Moisés Alou

    Right fielder, Left fielder

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

  • Gio Gonzalez20
    118
    64

    BirthplaceHialeah, Florida

  • Rusty Staub21
    117
    76

    Rusty Staub

    Designated hitter, Right fielder

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

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  • Randy Johnson22
    133
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    Randy Johnson

    Starting pitcher, Pitcher

    BirthplaceWalnut Creek, California, United States of America

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    #21 of 25 Longest Pitching Streaks in Baseball #51 of 255 The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

  • Tanner Roark23
  • Tim Wallach24
    105
    88

    Tim Wallach

    Third baseman

    BirthplaceHuntington Park, California

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    #56 of 120 The Greatest Third Basemen of All Time#115 of 175 The Best Los Angeles Dodgers of All Time

  • Bryce Harper25
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    Bryce Harper

    Right fielder

    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

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    #1 of 107 College & Professional Athletes Who Were Raised Mormon#33 of 708 The Best Hitters in Baseball History