2005 Washington Nationals season

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2005 Washington Nationals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Washington, D.C. (since 2005)
Other information
Owner(s) Major League Baseball
Manager(s) Frank Robinson
Local television MASN
WDCA (UPN 20)
WTTG (Fox 5)
(Mel Proctor, Ron Darling, Kenny Albert)
Local radio WFED
WWZZ
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Shea)
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The Washington Nationals' 2005 season was the first for the team formerly known as the Montreal Expos since moving to Washington, D. C. and 37th overall for the franchise. The team signed four key free agents during the off-season: Vinny Castilla, José Guillén, Cristian Guzmán and Esteban Loaiza.

Offseason[edit]

  • January 19, 2005: Esteban Loaiza was signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.[1]
  • February 7, 2005: Melvin Nieves was signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.[2]

Regular season[edit]

The Nationals had a terrific first half, as they had a 51-32 record by July 5 and were leading the Atlanta Braves by 4.5 games. However, the team struggled in its final 79 games, going 30-49 and scoring only 299 runs (3.78 per game). They were also shut out 7 times during that span. Nevertheless, the teams was able to finish the season at .500; this was only the fourth time in 10 years that the franchise had finished at or above .500.

President George W. Bush throws out a ceremonial first pitch in 2005.

Highlights[edit]

  • On April 4, 2005, Brad Wilkerson (after being the last player to ever wear a Montreal Expo jersey) had the honor of being the first batter for the Washington Nationals and he promptly responded with the first hit in the new team's history. Nevertheless, Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched 523 effective innings, leading the home team Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-4 victory over the new Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. (Lieber was credited with the win for the Phillies and would also score a win for Philadelphia in the last game of the 2005 Nationals season.) Outfielder Terrmel Sledge hit the Nats' first home run in the April 4 contest.
  • Scorecard: April 4, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 13 1
Philadelphia 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 0 x 8 14 1
W: Lieber (1-0)   L: Hernandez (0-1)   
HRs: Terrmel Sledge, Kenny Lofton Attendance: 44,080.[3]

Length of game: 3:19. Umpires: HP: Darling, 1B: Poncino, 2B: Wegner, 3B: Nauert

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 90 72 0.556 53–28 37–44
Philadelphia Phillies 88 74 0.543 2 46–35 42–39
Florida Marlins 83 79 0.512 7 45–36 38–43
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 7 48–33 35–46
Washington Nationals 81 81 0.500 9 41–40 40–41


Notable transactions[edit]

  • May 14, 2005: Marlon Byrd was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals for Endy Chávez.[4]
  • May 31, 2005: Melvin Nieves was released by the Washington Nationals.[2]
  • July 13, 2005: Mike Stanton was signed as a free agent with the Washington Nationals.[5]
  • July 20, 2005: Kenny Kely was selected off waivers by the Washington Nationals from the Cincinnati Reds.[6]
  • September 29, 2005: Mike Stanton was traded by the Washington Nationals to the Boston Red Sox for Rhys Taylor (minors) and Yader Peralta (minors).[5]

Mascot[edit]

Screech, the Washington Nationals mascot

Screech is the mascot of the Washington Nationals. He is a bald eagle who wears the home cap and jersey of the team. He was "hatched" on April 17, 2005 at the "Kids Opening Day" promotion at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. A nine-year-old fourth grade student in Washington, Glenda Gutierrez, designed the mascot and won a contest sponsored by the team, explaining that it was "strong and eats almost everything."

Roster[edit]

2005 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Game Log

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Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; 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

Complete offensive statistics are available here.

Pos Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
C Schneider, BrianBrian Schneider 116 369 38 99 20 1 10 44 .268 1
1B Johnson, NickNick Johnson 131 453 66 131 35 3 15 74 .289 4
2B Vidro, JoséJosé Vidro 87 309 38 85 21 2 7 32 .275 0
SS Guzmán, CristianCristian Guzmán 142 456 39 100 19 6 4 31 .219 7
3B Castilla, VinnyVinny Castilla 142 494 53 125 36 1 12 66 .253 4
LF Byrd, MarlonMarlon Byrd 74 216 20 57 15 2 2 26 .264 5
CF Wilkerson, BradBrad Wilkerson 148 565 76 140 42 7 11 57 .248 8
RF Guillén, JoséJosé Guillén 148 551 81 156 32 2 24 76 .283 1
MI Carroll, JameyJamey Carroll 113 303 44 76 8 1 0 22 .251 3
OF Church, RyanRyan Church 102 268 41 77 15 3 9 42 .287 3
CF Wilson, PrestonPreston Wilson 68 253 34 66 14 1 10 43 .261 3
C Bennett, GaryGary Bennett 68 199 11 44 7 0 1 21 .221 0
IF Baerga, CarlosCarlos Baerga 93 158 18 40 7 0 2 19 .253 0
2B Spivey, JuniorJunior Spivey 28 77 15 17 7 0 2 7 .221 2
UT Blanco, TonyTony Blanco 56 62 7 11 3 0 1 7 .177 1
3B Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman 20 58 6 23 10 0 0 6 .397 0
UT Cordero, WilWil Cordero 29 51 2 6 2 0 0 2 .118 0
MI Cruz, DeiviDeivi Cruz 20 51 2 13 1 0 0 1 .255 0
OF Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson 25 40 8 7 1 1 1 5 .175 0
OF Sledge, TermelTermel Sledge 20 37 7 9 0 1 1 8 .243 2
UT Hammonds, JeffreyJeffrey Hammonds 13 32 3 7 1 0 0 1 .219 0
OF Davis, J. J.J. J. Davis 14 26 0 6 0 0 0 2 .231 1
OF Cepicky, MatthewMatthew Cepicky 11 25 1 6 3 0 0 3 .240 0
IF Short, RickRick Short 11 15 4 6 2 0 2 4 .400 0
CF Chávez, EndyEndy Chávez 7 9 2 2 1 0 0 1 .222 0
IF Harris, BrendanBrendan Harris 4 9 1 3 1 0 1 3 .333 0
RF Kelly, KennyKenny Kelly 17 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 .250 1
C Osik, KeithKeith Osik 6 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
PH Godwin, TyrellTyrell Godwin 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
2B Mateo, HenryHenry Mateo 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández 35 82 7 20 2 1 2 7 .244 0
P Loaiza, EstebanEsteban Loaiza 34 74 3 12 2 0 0 4 .162 0
P Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson 31 59 2 6 3 0 0 0 .102 0
P Armas, Jr., TonyTony Armas, Jr. 19 32 1 4 0 0 0 1 .125 0
P Drese, RyanRyan Drese 12 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 .071 0
P Ohka, TomoTomo Ohka 11 16 1 4 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Carrasco, HéctorHéctor Carrasco 64 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Day, ZachZach Day 12 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 .125 0
P Rauch, JonJon Rauch 15 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 .143 0
P Majewski, GaryGary Majewski 79 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Kim, Sun-wooSun-woo Kim 12 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Halama, JohnJohn Halama 10 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200 0
P Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 15 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 68 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Eischen, JoeyJoey Eischen 58 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Vargas, ClaudioClaudio Vargas 4 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P White, MattMatt White 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 30 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Horgan, JoeJoe Horgan 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Osuna, AntonioAntonio Osuna 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Tucker, T. J.T. J. Tucker 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Hughes, TravisTravis Hughes 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Nitkowski, C. J.C. J. Nitkowski 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Rasner, DarrellDarrell Rasner 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5426 639 1367 311 32 117 615 .252 45

Pitching[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; 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

Complete pitching statistics are available here.

Pos Player W L ERA G GS SV IP R ER BB K
SP Hernández, LivánLiván Hernández 15 10 3.98 35 35 0 246.1 116 109 84 147
SP Loaiza, EstebanEsteban Loaiza 12 10 3.77 34 34 0 217.0 93 91 55 173
SP Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson 9 7 3.13 31 31 0 198.1 61 56 45 59
SP Armas, Jr., TonyTony Armas, Jr. 7 7 4.97 19 19 0 101.1 57 56 54 59
SP Drese, RyanRyan Drese 3 6 4.98 11 11 0 59.2 38 33 22 26
CL Cordero, ChadChad Cordero 2 4 1.82 74 0 47 74.1 24 15 17 61
RP Carrasco, HéctorHéctor Carrasco 5 4 2.04 64 5 2 88.1 23 20 38 75
RP Majewski, GaryGary Majewski 4 4 2.93 79 0 1 86.0 32 28 37 50
RP Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala 8 7 2.66 68 0 1 71.0 23 21 14 40
RP Eischen, JoeyJoey Eischen 2 1 3.22 57 0 0 36.1 14 13 19 30
Ohka, TomoTomo Ohka 4 3 3.33 10 9 0 54.0 23 20 27 17
Day, ZachZach Day 1 2 6.75 12 5 0 36.0 29 27 25 16
Rauch, JonJon Rauch 2 4 3.60 15 1 0 30.0 12 12 11 23
Kim, Sun-wooSun-woo Kim 1 2 6.14 12 2 0 29.1 20 20 8 17
Stanton, MikeMike Stanton 2 1 3.58 30 0 0 27.2 13 11 9 14
Halama, JohnJohn Halama 0 3 4.64 10 3 0 21.1 11 11 8 11
Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann 2 0 2.75 15 1 0 19.2 6 6 11 21
Hughes, TravisTravis Hughes 1 1 5.54 14 0 0 13.0 8 8 8 8
Vargas, ClaudioClaudio Vargas 0 3 9.24 4 4 0 12.2 15 13 7 5
Tucker, T. J.T. J. Tucker 1 0 6.39 13 0 0 12.2 9 9 2 5
Rasner, DarrellDarrell Rasner 0 1 3.68 5 1 0 7.1 3 3 2 4
Horgan, JoeJoe Horgan 0 0 21.00 8 0 0 6.0 15 14 4 5
White, MattMatt White 0 1 9.00 1 1 0 4.0 4 4 3 3
Nitkowski, C. J.C. J. Nitkowski 0 0 8.10 7 0 0 3.1 3 3 2 2
Osuna, AntonioAntonio Osuna 0 0 42.43 4 0 0 2.1 11 11 7 0
Totals 81 81 3.87 162 162 51 1458.0 673 627 539 997

Team leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Stat Player Total
Avg. Nick Johnson .289
HR Preston Wilson
José Guillén
25 (10 with Nationals)
24
RBI Preston Wilson
José Guillén
90 (43 with Nationals)
76
R José Guillén 81
H José Guillén 156
SB Brad Wilkerson 8

Pitching[edit]

Stat Player Total
W Liván Hernández 15
L Liván Hernández
Esteban Loaiza
10
ERA John Patterson 3.13
SO John Patterson 185
SV Chad Cordero 47
IP Liván Hernández 246.1

Awards and honors[edit]

Nationals among league leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
OBP Nick Johnson .408 6 8 (tie)
2B Brad Wilkerson 42 7 (tie) 11 (tie)
3B Brad Wilkerson 7 7 (tie) 12 (tie)

Pitching[edit]

Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
SV Chad Cordero 47 1 1
HLD Gary Majewski
Luis Ayala
23
5
6 (tie)
10 (tie)
12 (tie)
W Liván Hernández 15 9 (tie) 16 (tie)

All-Stars[edit]

Annual awards[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Tim Foli
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Keith Bodie
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Bob Henley
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Randy Knorr
Short-Season A Vermont Expos New York–Penn League Jose Alguacil and Bobby Williams
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Wendell Kim

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