Potomac Nationals

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Potomac Nationals
Founded in 1984
Woodbridge, Virginia
PotomacNationals.png Potomac Nationals cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current A-Advanced
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League
Division Northern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Washington Nationals (2005–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (5)
  • 1982
  • 1989
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2014
Division titles (9)
  • 1982
  • 1989
  • 1991
  • 1995
  • 2004
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • 2014
Team data
Nickname
Mascot Uncle Slam
Ballpark G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium
Previous parks
Municipal Stadium at Four Mile Run Park
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Art Silber
Manager Tripp Keister
General Manager Bryan Holland & Aaron Johnson

The Potomac Nationals are a Minor League Baseball team located in Woodbridge, Virginia. The Nationals play in the Class A Advanced Carolina League, and are an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

History[edit]

The Alexandria 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.[1] The team mascot is Uncle Slam.[2]

Ballpark proposal[edit]

The team and Prince William County have been discussing a new ballpark since before 2010.[3] Since 2012 they have been focused on a site on I-95 in Woodbridge. They have been reported close to a deal since December 2016. The county would raise $35 million in municipal bonds, lease the site, pay for site preparation, construct the stadium, and lease it to the team for thirty years. The team would cover the county's annual debt service and site lease costs. The county also would build a 1,400-space parking garage next to the stadium 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.[4] Team owner Art Silber has said Minor League Baseball requires the team to be out of Pfitzner Stadium by the end of the 2018 season.[5][6] The team opposed putting the deal on the November, 2017 general election ballot, saying that would delay the deal for too long.[7]

Playoffs[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Notable alumni of the Mariners/Pirates/Yankees/Cannons/Nationals include:

Roster[edit]

Potomac Nationals roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 27 Dakota Bacus
  • 18 Joan Baez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 28 Grant Borne
  • 21 Taylor Guilbeau
  • 40 Gilberto Mendez
  • 39 Jordan Mills
  • 45 Jorge Pantoja
  • 23 Ronald Peña
  • 35 Luis Reyes
  • 11 Mariano Rivera
  • 41 Jefry Rodriguez ‡
  • 36 Nolan Sanburn
  • 33 Kyle Schepel
  • 25 Hector Silvestre
  • 29 Tyler Skulina
  • -- Kylin Turnbull Injury icon 2.svg

Catchers

  • 32 Taylor Gushue
  •  5 Matt Reistetter

Infielders

  •  6 Austin Davidson
  •  3 Kelvin Gutierrez Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Edwin Lora
  •  8 David Masters
  •  2 Bryan Mejia
  • 31 Matthew Page
  •  1 Ian Sagdal

Outfielders


Manager

  •  7 Tripp Keister

Coaches

  • 34 Franklin Bravo (pitching)
  • 19 Luis Ordaz (hitting)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Washington Nationals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated June 16, 2017
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Washington Nationals minor league players

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Meet Uncle Slam | Potomac Nationals Fans". Potomac Nationals. Retrieved 2017-03-10. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ Rist, Hugh (February 16, 2016). "Potomac Nationals face 2018 deadline for new stadium". InsideNoVa.com. Leesburg, Virginia: Northern Virginia Media Services. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 
  7. ^ Koma, Alex (June 21, 2016). "Prince William's $35M stadium deal avoids referendum". InsideNoVa.com. Leesburg, Virginia: Northern Virginia Media Services. Retrieved June 24, 2017. 

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