The Washington Nationals
The Washington Nationals are a professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals are a member of the Eastern Division of the National League of Major League Baseball . The team moved into the newly built Nationals Park in 2008, after playing their first three seasons in RFK Stadium...
' 2010 season
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was the sixth season for the American baseball
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franchise of Major League Baseball
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in the District of Columbia, and the 42nd since the original team
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was started in Montréal, Canada
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. It involved the Nationals attempting to win the National League East Division
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after a 59–103 season the year before
The Washington Nationals' 2009 season was the 5th season for the American baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, and the 41st since the original team was started in Montréal, Canada...
– the worst record of any MLB team in 2009. Jim Riggleman
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was kept as full-time manager after being instituted on July 12, 2009 after Manny Acta's
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Highlights from the season include Stephen Strasburg's
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Major League debut on June 8 against the Pittsburgh Pirates
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and a bench-clearing brawl
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on September 1 at the Florida Marlins
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The Nationals finished 2010 last place in the NL East for the third year in a row with a 69-93 record, though they did have a ten game improvement from 2009. They had a 41-40 record at home, their first winning home record since 2006
The Washington Nationals' 2006 season was the franchise's second season in Washington, D.C.-Offseason:*December 8, 2005: Alfonso Soriano was traded by the Texas Rangers to the Washington Nationals for Brad Wilkerson, Armando Galarraga, and Terrmel Sledge....
Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman
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won the Silver Slugger Award for the second straight year as the best offensive third baseman
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in the National League
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Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts