We are officially at the end of the first full decade of Washington Nationals baseball, and after the 2019 World Series victory, The Sideline Observer is taking a trip down memory lane.
Our staff has compiled an All-Decade Team of the best players to wear the curly W since 2010.
Manager: Davey Martinez.
He needs no explanation. Martinez took a talented team with a phobia of the NLDS and steered them to postseason success. The players love him, and so do we.
- Sean Doolittle — three saves in 22 innings in the 2019 postseason
- Daniel Hudson — he missed some of the NLCS for his daughter’s birth and still saved the last out of the World Series.
- Matt Capps — converted 26 of 30 save opportunities in 2010
- Drew Storen — best season was 2011 when he recorded 43 saves
- Tyler Clippard — he recorded 38 holds in 2011, he and Storen were a dominant team
- Sean Burnett — posted 31 holds in 2012, he and Storen were also a dominant pair.
- Ryan Mattheus — his intro music was “Firework” by Katy Perry, and he got three outs on two pitches in the 2012 NLDS
- Max Scherzer — it’s hard to pinpoint Scherzer’s best season, but we’re going to have to go with 2015 where he recorded two no-hitters
- Stephen Strasburg — 2019 World Series MVP
- Jordan Zimmermann — first-team no-hitter in 2012
- Gio Gonzalez — his best season was in 2012 when he went 21-8 with 207 strikeouts
- Livan Hernandez — 10-12 in over 200 innings in 2010
1B: Adam LaRoche — 2012 – .217, 33 HR, 100 RBI
Honorable Mentions: Michael Morse, Adam Dunn
2B: Daniel Murphy — 2016- .347, 25 HR, 104 RBI (big advocate of fWAR, although we’re still unsure what that is)
Honorable Mentions: Danny Espinosa, Jose Vidro
SS: Ian Desmond — 2014- .255, 24 HR, 91 RBI (he and Murphy are both playing on the Colorado Rockies)
Honorable Mentions: Trea Turner, Cristian Guzmán
3B: Anthony Rendon — 2019- .319, 34 HR, 126 RBI
OF: Jayson Werth — 2013- 25 HR, 82 RBI
OF: Bryce Harper — 2015-.330, 42 HR, 99 RBI
OF: Juan Soto — 2019- .282, 34 HR, 110 RBI
Honorable Mentions: Denard Span, Josh Willingham, Nyjer Morgan, Adam Eaton
C: Wilson Ramos — 2016- .307, 22 HR, 80 RBI
Honorable Mention: Brian Schneider