History of the Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals began as the Montreal Expos in 1969, but changed their name and country when they moved to Washington in 2005. They have been the least successful team in major league baseball, winning only two division titles, one as the Expos in 1981 and the other one in 2012 as the Nationals, and winning no pennant races and no World Series.

The Montreal Expos were established as a National League expansion team in 1969. They were one of only two Canadian teams, preceding the Toronto Blue Jays. The Expos played poorly in their first 12 years, ending with mostly losing seasons. Finally, in the strike-shortened 1981 season, the Expos won the second half of the season in the National League East division. They lost the pennant race, however, to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

After their division win in 1981, the Expos faltered for almost another decade and a half. They had a potentially winning team in 1994, with players such as Moises Alou and Pedro Martinez, but the season ended early due to another baseball strike. The Expos never recovered and, after many years with poor records, low attendance and ownership problems, MLB bought the Expos in 2002. Three years later, the team was moved to Washington, D.C. and renamed the Washington Nationals.

In July, 2006, the Nationals were sold to Lerner Enterprises, headed by Ted Lerner. One of Lerner's first actions was to hire Stan Kasten, who had been instrumental in the structuring of the winning Atlanta Braves team of the 1980s and 1990s, as the new president of the Washington Nationals. Another move was to build up the Nationals farm system and acquire new players. Two of those players were Austin Kearns and Felipe Lopez.

In 2011, the Nationals made a smart move and hired Davey Johnson as their new manager. Last year, under Johnson's leadership and with the power of rookie Bryce Harper, the Nationals won the National League East division title.

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