2016 Washington Nationals
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2016 Washington Nationals / Franchise: Washington Nationals / BR Team Page
Clinched Division: September 24, 2016, At Pittsburgh Pirates
Managed by Dusty Baker
History, Comments, Contributions
On April 19th, the 2016 Washington Nationals set a team record with four homers in the 7th inning of a 7-0 win over the Miami Marlins. The game had been a scoreless pitchers' duel between Stephen Strasburg and the Marlins' Adam Conley until then, but Conley gave up a one-out blast to Jayson Werth in the fateful inning; Wilson Ramos followed with another homer on the next pitch, and after Miami had loaded the bases, Bryce Harper connected for a grand slam off Chris Narveson. Ryan Zimmerman then followed with another long ball. For Harper, it was his second career grand slam, and also the second one in a week, as he had connected for his 100th career homer with the bases loaded on April 14th. On April 23rd, it was the pitchers who set a team record, with a combined 18 strikeouts in a game against the Minnesota Twins. It was the most Ks recorded by the Nationals in a game since moving to Washington in 2005. Tanner Roark, back as a full-time starter after a season spent as a swingman, struck out a career-high 15 in 7 innings and relievers Blake Treinen, Oliver Perez and Jonathan Papelbon added one each as the Nats combined for a two-hit shutout.
Awards and Honors
- All-Star: Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg
- NL Cy Young Award: Max Scherzer
- NL Silver Slugger Award: Daniel Murphy (2B) and Wilson Ramos (C)
- 2016 Topps All-Star Rookie Team: Trea Turner (OF)
- 2022 Washington Nationals Media Guide, pg. 253
- Anthony Castrovince: "Youth movement is near for Nationals: Taylor, Turner will get chance to play -- even with Baker at the helm", mlb.com, March 21, 2016. 
- Jamal Collier: "Loss leaves Nats wondering what might've been: Club won NL East title, had great individual efforts, but fell short of goal", mlb.com, Ocber 14, 2016. 
- Jamal Collier: "After season of highs, Nats' NLDS loss stung", mlb.com, December 28, 2016.