Founded in 1978
|Minor league affiliations|
|Major league affiliations|
|Current||Washington Nationals (2005–present)|
|Minor league titles|
|League titles (5)||
|Division titles (9)||
|Ballpark||G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium|
|Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park|
|General Manager||Aaron Johnson|
The team began play in 1978 as the Alexandria Dukes. The Dukes moved from Alexandria, Virginia, for the 1984 season and were renamed the Prince William Pirates. Since then, the team has been named the Prince William Yankees, Prince William Cannons, Potomac Cannons, and now the Potomac Nationals.
The team has been affiliated with the Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, and now the Washington Nationals. Since moving to Woodbridge, the franchise has played all its home games at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium, with an announced seating capacity of 6,000 people.
The team and Prince William County have been discussing a new ballpark since well before 2010. It was reported in December 2016 that they appear close to a deal to build a new stadium at a site on I-95 in Woodbridge that has been under discussion for four years. The proposal calls on the county to raise $35 million in municipal bonds, lease the site from its owner, pay for site preparation, construct the stadium, and lease it to the team for thirty years. The team would pay rent to cover the county's debt service and site lease costs. The proposed deal also requires the county to build a 1,400-space parking garage next to the stadium which would also be used for commuter parking. The county has been seeking state funding for the garage since 2012, but the extent and status of funding is unclear, as is the final cost of the garage. Two County Supervisors have said that team owner Art Silber told them Minor League Baseball is requiring the team to be out of Pfitzner Stadium by the end of the 2018 season.
- 1982 season: Defeated Lynchburg, 1–0, in semifinals; defeated Durham, 3–1 to win championship.
- 1989 season: Defeated Lynchburg, 2–1, in semifinals; defeated Durham, 3–1 to win championship.
- 1991 season: Lost to Lynchburg, 2–0, in semifinals.
- 1995 season: Lost to Wilmington, 2–0, in semifinals.
- 2004 season: Lost to Wilmington, 2–1, in semifinals.
- 2008 season: Defeated Wilmington, 3–0, in semifinals; defeated Myrtle Beach, 3–1 to win championship.
- 2010 season: Defeated Frederick, 3–1, in semifinals; defeated Winston-Salem, 3–1 to win championship.
- 2011 season: Lost to Frederick, 3–2, in semifinals.
- 2013 season: Defeated Lynchburg, 2–0, in semifinals; lost to Salem, 3-0 in finals.
- 2014 season: Defeated Lynchburg, 2–0, in semifinals; defeated Myrtle Beach, 3–1 to win championship.
- 2016 season: Lost to Lynchburg 2-1 in semifinals.
Notable alumni of the Dukes/Mariners/Pirates/Yankees/Cannons/Nationals include:
- Rick Ankiel
- Magglio Ordóñez
- Barry Bonds
- Bobby Bonilla
- Bernie Williams
- Andy Pettitte
- Albert Pujols
- Coco Crisp
- Braden Looper
- Brad Ausmus
- Jorge Posada
- Kevin Maas
- Hensley Meulens
- Gerald Williams
- Alan Mills
- Edwin Encarnacion
- Jack Wilson
- Dmitri Young
- Dan Haren
- Carmen Cali
- John Smiley
- Scott Kamieniecki
- José Lind
- Jeff King
- Félix Fermín
- Mike Cameron
- Sterling Hitchcock
- Joey Votto
- John Lannan
- Justin Maxwell
- Josh Whitesell
- Jordan Zimmermann
- Ian Desmond
- Danny Espinosa
- Ross Detwiler
Potomac Nationals roster
7-day disabled list
- Pahigian, Josh (2007). The Ultimate Minor League Baseball Road Trip: A Fan's Guide to AAA, AA, A, and Independent League Stadiums. Guilford, Connecticut: Lyons Press. pp. 88–90. ISBN 978-1-59921-024-7 – via Google Books.
- Reichard, Kevin (September 27, 2010). "P-Nats, Prince William County working on new ballpark plan". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
After making several runs at a new ballpark in several years, [...] yet another new ballpark plan.
- Koma, Alex (December 14, 2016). "Potomac Nationals, Prince William County nearing stadium agreement". InsideNoVa.com. Leesburg, Virginia: Northern Virginia Media Services. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
- Koma, Alex (December 30, 2016). "New Potomac Nationals stadium construction may face hurdles". InsideNoVa.com. Leesburg, Virginia: Northern Virginia Media Services. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
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