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All-Time Washington Nationals lineup- CORRECTED

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  • All-Time Washington Nationals lineup- CORRECTED

    I recently watched the Nationals' season preview on the 30 Clubs in 30 Days series on The MLB Network. They feature an all-time lineup for every team (except for the Yankees, who got two lineups- give me a break!). Here is the lineup as featured for the Nationals:

    2006 Alfonso Soriano LF
    2000 Jose Vidro 2B
    2002 Vladamir Guererro RF

    2009 Adam Dunn 1B
    1983 Andre Dawson CF
    2009 Ryan Zimmerman 3B
    1984 Gary Carter C
    2003 Orlando Cabrera SS
    1999 Pedro Martinez P

    The players in bold type are Montreal Expos players. No disrespect to those guys or Montreal, but they either never played for Washington or their season as featured here was not 2005 or later. And I've seen this before on "best of the team" lists. But to me, the Expos and the Nats are not, at all, the same team. I just wish for once, one of these all-time lineups would honor the old Washington Senators players.

    So since nobody elsehas done it, I just decided to do it myself. Here is my all-time Washington Nationals-Senators/Expansion Senators/Nationals lineup:

    1924 Sam Rice CF (216 H; .382 OBP; 31-game hit streak)
    1935 Buddy Myer 2B (excellent drag bunter; 215 H, 100 RBI .349 BA)
    1946 Mickey Vernon 1B (durable 4-decade player; served in WWII; came back to win AL batting title)
    Josh Gibson C*
    2009 Ryan Zimmerman 3B (30-game hit streak; reached base in 43 straight games; Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards)
    1970 Frank Howard LF (AL leader in homers-44; RBIs-126; and walks-132)
    1928 Goose Goslin RF (.379 BA; .648 slugger, able to hit for average and power; won AL batting title)
    1930 Joe Cronin SS (steady and durable: 203 H; .346 BA; 126 RBI)
    1913 Walter Johnson P (best season of many great years: 36-7; 1.14 ERA; 29 CG; 243 strikeouts; 11 shutouts)

    *As many already know, Josh Gibson (1911-1947) never had the chance to play in the Majors, thanks to discrimination, mental illness, drug abuse and early death. And because the Negro Leagues did not keep consistent, accurate records, it is impossible to know just how good Gibson was. I do not believe he hit "almost 800 home runs" in professional competition. But I do believe when he was at his best, he may have been the best catcher in baseball. He played for Washington's Homestead Grays from 1930-31; 1937-39; 1942-46. His lifetime BA may have been anywhere between .354 and .384; slugging average may have been .648 and he may have hit as many as 74 homers in 1943.
    Last edited by bryanac625; 04-17-2011, 07:49 PM.

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