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The Washington Nationals' 2006 season was the franchise's second season in Washington, D.C. and 38th season overall.

2006 Washington Nationals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record71–91 (.438)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Lerner Enterprises
General manager(s)Jim Bowden
Manager(s)Frank Robinson
Local televisionMASN
WDCA (My 20)
(Bob Carpenter, Tom Paciorek)
Local radioWTWP/WWWT
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler)
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The Nationals finished last in the NL East for the third consecutive year (counting their final season in Montreal), 26 games behind the New York Mets with a 71-91 record.

OffseasonEdit

On November 4, 2005, the Nationals traded Vinny Castilla to the San Diego Padres for Brian Lawrence.[1] On December 8, 2005, they traded Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and minor-leaguer Armando Galarraga to the Texas Rangers for Alfonso Soriano.[2] On December 24, 2005, they signed Mike Stanton – who they had traded to the Boston Red Sox late the previous season – as a free agent.[3] On February 11, 2006, the Nationals sold Jamey Carroll to the Colorado Rockies for $300,000,[4] and on March 31, 2006, they sold Jim Crowell to the Philadelphia Phillies.[5]

Advertising and marketingEdit

The Nationals' marketing slogan for the season was "Make It Your Pastime."[6] The slogan was a reference to the common saying that baseball is "the national pastime" in the United States.

Spring trainingEdit

The Nationals held their 2006 spring training in Viera, Florida, with home games played at Space Coast Stadium.

Regular seasonEdit

Groundbreaking for Nationals ParkEdit

On May 4, 2006, the groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Nationals' new ballpark, Nationals Park in Southeast Washington, D.C. Principal Owner Mark D. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner, Principal Owner Robert K. Tanenbaum, and Principal Owner Edward L. Cohen wielded the shovels at the ceremony; public address announcer Charlie Brotman emceed the event, and former Mayor of the District of Columbia Anthony A. Williams, former Nationals Manager Frank Robinson, representatives from Major League Baseball, the District of Columbia Sports and Entertainment Commission, the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, and Clark-Hunt-Smoot Construction, and former Washington Senators and Homestead Grays players also attended. Less than two years later, the Nationals moved to Nationals Park for the 2008 season.[7]

Beltway SeriesEdit

During spring training in 2006, the Nationals and Orioles played each other in Washington on March 31 and in Baltimore on April 1. The first match-up of the regular-season Beltway Series rivalry took place on May 19, 2006, at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium; the Orioles won. This marked first time in 35 years that the Orioles played a regular-season game in Washington; previously, they had played the original Washington Senators of the American League annually from 1954 to 1960 and the expansion Washington Senators – which replaced the original Senators – each year from 1961 to 1971.

The two teams split the 2006 season series 3-3 with each team winning two games at home and one on the road.

Season standingsEdit

National League EastEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
Philadelphia Phillies 85 77 0.525 12 41–40 44–37
Atlanta Braves 79 83 0.488 18 40–41 39–42
Florida Marlins 78 84 0.481 19 42–39 36–45
Washington Nationals 71 91 0.438 26 41–40 30–51


Record vs. opponentsEdit

2006 National League Records

Source: [1]
Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 6–1 4–2 4–2 12–7 2–4 4–5 8–10 3–3 1–6 1–5 5–1 9–10 8–11 4–3 1–5 4–11
Atlanta 1–6 6–1 4–3 3–3 11–8 3–4 3–3 2–4 7–11 7–11 3–3 7–2 3–4 4–2 10–8 5–10
Chicago 2–4 1–6 10–9 2–4 2–4 7–8 4–2 8–8 3–3 2–5 6–9 0–7 2–4 11–8 2–4 4–11
Cincinnati 2–4 3–4 9–10 5–1 4–2 10–5 0–6 9–10 3–4 2–4 9–7 2–4 2–5 9–6 5–1 6-9
Colorado 7–12 3–3 4–2 1–5 3–3 4–2 4–15 2–4 1–5 3–4 3–3 10–9 10–8 2–7 8–0 11–4
Florida 4–2 8–11 4–2 2–4 3–3 3–4 1–5 7–0 8–11 6–13 5–2 3–3 3–3 1–5 11–7 9–9
Houston 5–4 4–3 8–7 5–10 2–4 4-3 3–3 10–5 2–4 2–4 13–3 3–3 1–5 9–7 4–4 7–11
Los Angeles 10–8 3–3 2–4 6–0 15–4 5–1 3–3 4–2 3–4 4–3 6–4 5–13 13–6 0–7 4–2 5–10
Milwaukee 3–3 4–2 8–8 10–9 4–2 0–7 5–10 2–4 3–3 5–1 7–9 4–3 6–3 7–9 1–5 6–9
New York 6–1 11–7 3–3 4–3 5–1 11–8 4–2 4–3 3–3 11–8 5–4 5–2 3–3 4–2 12–6 6–9
Philadelphia 5-1 11–7 5–2 4–2 4–3 13–6 4–2 3–4 1–5 8–11 3–3 2–4 5–1 3–3 9–10 5–13
Pittsburgh 1–5 3–3 9–6 7–9 3–3 2–5 3–13 4–6 9–7 4–5 3–3 1–5 6–1 6–9 3–3 3–12
San Diego 10–9 2–7 7–0 4–2 9–10 3–3 3–3 13–5 3–4 2–5 4–2 5–1 7–12 4–2 5–1 7–8
San Francisco 11–8 4–3 4–2 5–2 8–10 3–3 5–1 6–13 3–6 3–3 1–5 1–6 12–7 1–4 1–5 8–7
St. Louis 3–4 2–4 8–11 6–9 7–2 5-1 7–9 7–0 9–7 2–4 3–3 9–6 2–4 4–1 4–3 5–10
Washington 5–1 8–10 4–2 1–5 0–8 7-11 4–4 2–4 5–1 6–12 10–9 3–3 1–5 5–1 3–4 7–11


Opening Day lineupEdit

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Brandon Watson Center fielder
José Vidro Second baseman
José Guillén Right fielder
Nick Johnson First baseman
Alfonso Soriano Left fielder
Ryan Zimmerman Third baseman
Royce Clayton Shortstop
Brian Schneider Catcher
Liván Hernández Starting pitcher

Notable transactionsEdit

DraftEdit

The 2006 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 6 and 7. With their first pick – the 15th pick overall – the Nationals selected outfielder Chris Marrero. Other notable players the Nationals selected were pitcher Cole Kimball (12th round, 361st overall), pitcher Sam Dyson (19th round, 571st overall), outfielder Khris Davis (29th round, 871st overall), first baseman Tyler Moore (33rd round, 991st overall), and pitcher Brad Peacock (41st round, 1,231st overall).[13] The Nationals had drafted Moore in 2005, but he had not signed, and he did not sign again this year. Dyson and Davis also did not sign with the Nationals.

RosterEdit

2006 Washington Nationals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

AttendanceEdit

The Nationals drew 2,153,056 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 2006, placing them 11th in attendance for the season among the 16 National League teams.[14]

Game logEdit

2006 game log

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

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 Brian Schneider 124 410 30 105 81 0 4 55 .256 2
1B Nick Johnson 147 500 100 145 46 0 23 77 .290 10
2B José Vidro 126 463 52 134 26 1 7 47 .289 1
SS Royce Clayton 87 305 36 82 22 1 0 27 .269 8
3B Ryan Zimmerman 157 614 84 176 47 3 20 110 .287 11
LF Alfonso Soriano 159 647 119 179 41 2 46 95 .277 41
CF Marlon Byrd 78 197 28 44 8 1 5 18 .223 3
RF José Guillén 69 241 28 52 15 1 9 40 .216 1
SS Felipe López 71 274 43 77 13 2 2 22 .281 21
RF Austin Kearns 63 212 21 33 12 1 8 36 .250 2
2B Marlon Anderson 109 215 31 59 13 2 5 23 .274 2
CF Ryan Church 71 196 22 54 17 1 10 35 .276 6
C Robert Fick 60 128 14 34 4 0 2 9 .266 1
UT Damian Jackson 67 116 16 23 6 1 4 10 .198 1
UT Daryle Ward 78 104 15 32 9 0 6 19 .308 0
2B Bernie Castro 42 110 18 25 1 3 0 10 .227 7
CF Nook Logan 27 90 13 27 2 1 1 8 .300 2
CF Alex Escobar 33 87 14 31 3 2 4 18 .356 2
UT Matt LeCroy 39 67 5 16 3 0 2 9 .239 0
C Brandon Harper 18 41 6 12 3 0 2 6 .293 0
C Wiki González 12 35 3 8 0 0 0 2 .229 0
IF Brendan Harris 17 32 3 8 2 0 0 2 .250 0
CF Brandon Watson 9 28 0 5 0 0 0 0 .179 0
UT Henry Mateo 22 26 5 4 2 0 1 3 .154 0
OF George Lombard 20 21 2 3 0 0 1 1 .143 2
RF Mike Vento 9 18 3 5 1 0 0 1 .278 0
IF Melvin Dorta 15 19 3 4 1 0 0 0 .211 0
OF Luis Matos 14 15 2 3 2 0 0 0 .200 0
P Ramón Ortiz 38 56 5 6 0 0 1 3 .107 0
P Tony Armas, Jr. 30 50 1 3 0 0 0 1 .060 0
P Liván Hernández 26 45 6 12 4 0 1 6 .267 0
P Pedro Astacio 15 25 2 5 0 0 0 0 .200 0
P Michael O'Connor 21 31 2 2 0 0 0 1 .065 0
P Billy Traber 15 13 1 1 0 0 0 1 .077 0
P Jason Bergmann 29 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P John Patterson 8 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 .250 0
P Zach Day 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Shawn Hill 6 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 .167 0
P Beltrán Pérez 9 6 0 3 0 0 0 0 .500 0
P Saúl Rivera 54 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Jon Rauch 85 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Gary Majewski 46 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Ryan Wagner 26 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0
P Ryan Drese 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Joey Eischen 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Chad Cordero 68 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Roy Corcoran 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Chris Schroder 21 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Micah Bowie 15 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Félix Rodríguez 31 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Travis Hughes 8 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.000 0
P Mike Stanton 56 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Bill Bray 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
P Kevin Gryboski 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Chris Booker 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Santiago Ramírez 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
P Brett Campbell 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 162 5495 746 1437 322 22 164 695 .262 123

PitchingEdit

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 Ramón Ortiz 11 16 5.57 33 33 0 190.2 127 118 64 104
SP Tony Armas, Jr. 9 12 5.03 30 30 0 154.0 96 86 64 97
SP Liván Hernández 9 8 5.34 24 24 0 146.2 94 87 52 89
SP Michael O'Connor 3 8 4.80 21 20 0 105.0 61 56 45 59
SP Pedro Astacio 5 5 5.98 17 17 0 90.1 64 60 31 42
CL Chad Cordero 7 4 3.19 68 0 29 73.1 27 26 22 69
RP Saúl Rivera 3 0 3.43 54 0 1 60.1 28 23 32 41
RP Jon Rauch 4 5 3.35 85 0 2 91.1 37 34 36 86
RP Gary Majewski 3 2 3.58 46 0 0 55.1 24 22 25 34
RP Mike Stanton 3 5 4.47 56 0 0 44.1 22 22 21 30
Jason Bergmann 0 2 6.68 29 6 0 64.2 49 48 27 54
Billy Traber 4 3 6.44 15 8 0 43.1 33 31 14 25
John Patterson 1 2 4.43 8 8 0 40.2 21 20 9 42
Chris Schroder 0 2 6.35 21 0 0 28.1 21 20 15 39
Shawn Hill 1 3 4.66 6 6 0 36.2 20 19 12 16
Félix Rodríguez 1 1 7.67 31 0 0 29.1 25 25 16 15
Zach Day 1 3 4.73 5 5 0 26.2 15 14 11 13
Bill Bray 1 1 3.91 19 0 0 23.0 11 10 9 16
Beltrán Pérez 2 1 3.86 8 3 0 21.0 9 9 13 9
Ryan Wagner 3 3 4.70 26 0 0 30.2 21 16 15 20
Micah Bowie 0 1 1.37 15 0 0 19.2 3 3 7 11
Joey Eischen 0 1 8.59 22 0 0 14.2 18 14 19 18
Chris Booker 0 0 3.68 10 0 0 7.1 3 3 1 7
Travis Hughes 0 0 6.35 8 0 0 11.1 8 8 6 4
Ryan Drese 0 2 5.19 2 2 0 8.2 8 5 8 5
Kevin Gryboski 0 0 14.29 6 0 0 5.2 11 9 2 4
Roy Corcoran 0 1 11.12 6 0 0 5.2 8 7 4 6
Brett Campbell 0 0 10.38 4 0 0 4.1 5 5 2 4
Santiago Ramírez 0 0 8.10 4 0 0 3.1 3 3 2 1
Totals 71 91 5.03 162 162 32 1436.1 872 803 584 960

Team leadersEdit

Qualifying players only.

BattingEdit

Stat Player Total
Avg. Nick Johnson .290
HR Alfonso Soriano 46
RBI Ryan Zimmerman 110
R Alfonso Soriano 119
H Alfonso Soriano 179
SB Alfonso Soriano 41

PitchingEdit

Stat Player Total
W Ramón Ortiz 11
L Ramón Ortiz 16
ERA Ramón Ortiz 5.57
SO Ramón Ortiz 104
SV Chad Cordero 29
IP Ramón Ortiz 190.2

Awards and honorsEdit

All-StarsEdit

Annual awardsEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit