2005 Washington Nationals
Franchise: Washington Nationals / BR 2005 Team Page
Record: 81-81, Finished 5th in NL Eastern Division (2005 NL)
Managed by Frank Robinson
Coaches: Don Buford, Dave Huppert, Tom McCraw, Rob Natal, Eddie Rodriguez, Randy St. Claire and Jack Voigt
The 2005 Washington Nationals played the first season in their history. Before the season, the Montreal Expos were moved to Washington, DC and became the Washington Nationals. They surprisingly led the NL East at the All-Star break, but struggled in the second half of the season. They finished the year in last place in the division but did manage a .500 record. The club finished last in the National League in batting average, home runs, runs, and hits. Their pitchers had a bit more success. Closer Chad Cordero led the major leagues with 47 saves, and starter Livan Hernandez won 15 games and joined Cordero on the All-Star team.
Despite their mediocre performance on the field, the Nationals were a success at the gate, drawing more than 2.7 million fans to R.F.K. Stadium.
Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Chad Cordero and Livan Hernandez
- NL Rolaids Relief Award: Chad Cordero
Opening Day Lineup
Brad Wilkerson, cf
Cristian Guzman, ss
Jose Vidro, 2b
Jose Guillen, rf
Nick Johnson, 1b
Vinny Castilla, 3b
Terrmel Sledge, lf
- James R. Hartley: Baseball is Back: The Washington Nationals 2005 Inaugural Season, Corduroy Press, Germantown, MD, 2006.
- Ted Leavengood: The 2005 Washington Nationals: Major League Baseball Returns to the Capital, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
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