In three years, the Nats have seen stunned by the sudden resignations of their general manager, team president and manager. All three times, the Nats ended up stronger, but in ways that were totally unplanned and unexpected…
In three straight amateur drafts, they had stunning good fortune. When they tried to be lousy to get the No. 1 overall pick (’07), they were half-decent. When they wanted to improve (’08 and ’09), they were awful. The net result: They accidentally avoided players who might’ve been busts and instead ended up with Drew Storen, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper.
Yay luck. Maybe — let’s see if they win first.
What to do about John Lannan (CSN Washington)? Poor guy had to pitch out of position in the rotation and kept his head above water and his ERA below 4 for the most part. It is a shame he’ll probably be sent somewhere to do more of the same for a bad team. I’m not ready to give up on him yet — I’m not sold on everybody staying healthy in the rotation (especially Chein Ming Wang) and Strasburg has an innings limit. GM Mike Rizzo says they are not shopping him.
Too much pitching is a great problem to have, but has a way of being short-lived.
WARNING: Reading these lists will elicit a wide range of emotions, from smiles to frowns to laughter to tears to sheer dumbfoundedness (and yes, I know that’s not a real word, but trust me, it will apply to a few of these names)…
To qualify, a player needed at least a full season with the team.
Perennially injured Nick Johnson has the third most games
Michael Morse is already 3rd on the home run list
Ryan Zimmerman has 283 more RBI than the next closest Nat — Johnson
Zimmerman has 366 more hits than the next closest — Cristian Guzmán
Dmitri Young is the only player with a batting average over .300. Morse is in second place with .295.
Reliever Tyler Clippard has the 3rd most wins with 19
Livan Hernandez and John Lannan are the only pitchers with more than 100 starts with 129 and 128, respectively
Nyjer Morgan is the leader in stolen bases.
Errors committed was not included
Neither were managerial wins/winning percentage
The Nats really have been as awful as people said. Thanks to Zuckerman for compiling this it had to have been depressing.
I’d love to see the all-time D.C. stats with both incarnations of the Senators included as well.
UPDATE: Here they are from the blog D.C. Baseball History – D.C. Baseball Yesterday and Today Hitting | Pitching. Not a lot of modern Nats on those lists yet. Chad Cordero is the all-time saves leader though. It is safe to say most of the pitching records will never be broken.
Pitchers and catchers report one month from today.