2007 Washington Nationals season
The Washington Nationals' 2007 season began with the team trying to win its first NL East title since moving to Washington. During the offseason, the team replaced manager Frank Robinson with former Montreal Expos coach Manny Acta. They lost several players through free agency and trades. The most notable of those are José Guillén, Ramón Ortiz, Alfonso Soriano, and José Vidro. The Nationals signed few major league free agents. Their most experienced free agent signing was Dmitri Young. Luis Ayala, Alex Escobar, Cristian Guzmán, Nick Johnson, Michael O'Connor and John Patterson are expected to return from season-ending injuries.
|2007 Washington Nationals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Jim Bowden|
WDCA (My 20)
Bob Carpenter, Ray Knight, Don Sutton, Johnny Holliday
Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler
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After losing four starters (Liván Hernández, Tony Armas, Ramón Ortiz and Pedro Astacio) from the prior year, the Nationals invited an extraordinary 36 pitchers to spring training. By year's end, the team would become the first team in modern baseball (except for strike-shortened seasons) with no pitcher in double figures with wins or losses.
The season was notable for it being the Nationals final year at RFK Stadium and for Dmitri Young winning Major League Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award, marking the team's first annual award since moving to D.C. The Nationals finished 73-89, 16 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies and fourth in the NL East. This was their only season in Washington prior to 2011 that the Nationals did not finish last in their division.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Advertising and marketing
- 3 Spring training
- 4 Regular season
- 5 Player stats
- 6 Awards and honors
- 7 Records and firsts
- 8 Farm system
- 9 References
Advertising and marketingEdit
The 2007 season saw the Nationals′ first strategic marketing campaign since Lerner Enterprises purchased the team. It emphasized the upcoming opening of Nationals Park planned for 2008. The marketing slogan for the 2007 season was "Pledge Your Allegiance," a reference to the Pledge of Allegiance of the United States encouraging Nationals fans to show their loyalty to the team.
The Nationals held their 2007 spring training in Viera, Florida, with home games played at Space Coast Stadium. They invited Danny Ardoin to spring training, but he did not make the team; they traded him to the Houston Astros for minor-leaguer Wade Robinson on March 26, 2007.
On Opening Day, the Nationals lost their starting shortstop (Cristian Guzmán, hamstring) and center fielder (Nook Logan) for five weeks. At the end of April, one of their starters, Jerome Williams hurt his ankle while batting and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
In the space of just 10 days in May, Shawn Hill, John Patterson, and Jason Bergmann went on the disabled list. Jerome Williams returned, pitched one game, and went back on the DL with a shoulder injury. The Washington Post wrote: "Almost everything that could sink a team's attitude has befallen the Nats. They started the year 1-8, then they lost eight in a row to drop to 9-25."
They pressed journeymen Mike Bacsik, Micah Bowie (a relief pitcher) and Jason Simontacchi, along with rookie reliever Levale Speigner into the starting rotation, amidst predictions that the 2007 Nationals might equal the 1962 Mets' record of futility, 120 losses in one season.
After the team lost 8 straight games to sink to 9-25, the Nats won 11 of 15, mostly with patchwork starting pitching and timely hitting. and the return of Cristian Guzmán, who was hitting .343 by the end of May.
In June, the Nationals have been led by key hits by Dmitri Young, Cristian Guzmán and the power hitting of Ryan Zimmerman. But towards the end of the month, Guzman, hitting .329, was injured and lost for the season, and, following the injury, the Nationals lost 9 of their next 11 games.
Dmitri Young, hitting .339 (third in the league) and slugging .512, was selected as the lone Nationals' representative in the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Despite rumors that the Nationals were seeking to trade Ronnie Belliard, Chad Cordero, Jon Rauch and Young, the Nationals did not make any major trades before the non-waiver trade deadline.
National League EastEdit
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Record vs. opponentsEdit
2007 National League Records
Opening Day lineupEdit
- April 13, 2007: The Nationals received minor-leaguer Brent Abernathy from the Philadelphia Phillies as part of a conditional deal.
- April 20, 207: The Nationals received Manny Alexander from the San Diego Padres as part of a conditional deal.
- May 2, 2007: The Nationals traded Chris Snelling to the Oakland Athletics for Ryan Langerhans.
- June 20, 2007: The Nationals sold Anastacio Martínez to the Detroit Tigers.
- June 24, 2007: The Nationals traded minor-leaguer Darnell McDonald to the Minnesota Twins for Levale Speigner. The move allowed the Nationals to keep Speigner – a Rule 5 draft pick – when they outrighted him to the Triple A Columbus Clippers.
- June 26, 2007: The Nationals sent minor-leaguer Jermaine Van Buren to the Oakland Athletics as part of a conditional deal.
- August 17, 2007: The Nationals traded a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox for Wily Mo Peña and cash.
- August 21, 2007: The Nationals traded minor-leaguer Emiliano Fruto to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor-leaguer Chris Carter, and sent Carter to the Boston Red Sox to complete the August 17, 2007, trade.
- September 4, 2007: The Nationals traded Ray King to the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later. The Brewers sent minor-leaguer Andrew Lefave to the Nationals on September 14, 2007, to complete the trade.
The 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place on June 7 and 8. With their first pick – the sixth pick overall – the Nationals selected pitcher Ross Detwiler. Other notable players the Nationals selected were pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (second round, 67th overall), left fielder-third baseman Jake Smolinski (second round, 70th overall), third baseman Steven Souza, Jr. (third round, 100th overall), catcher Derek Norris (fourth round, 130th overall), and pitcher Pat McCoy (10th round, 310th overall).
|2007 Washington Nationals|
The Nationals drew 1,943,812 fans at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in 2007, placing them 14th in attendance for the season among the 16 National League teams.
|2007 game log|
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.
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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.
Qualifying players only.
Awards and honorsEdit
- Dmitri Young, 1B
Records and firstsEdit
The 2007 Nationals became the first team in modern baseball (1901–present) to trail 4-0 in each of their first six games. as well as the first to not score during the first three innings of each of their first ten games.
The 2007 Nationals also set the National League record for not scoring a run in the first inning of their first 22 games.
On August 7, 2007, in a game against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park, Nationals pitcher Mike Bacsik gave up career home run number 756 to Barry Bonds, who broke a 33-year-old record previously held by Hank Aaron.
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- Game Logs:
- 1st Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
- 2nd Half: Washington Nationals Game Log on ESPN.com
- Thomas Boswell (March 7, 2007). "Nats' Starting Pitching Could Be a Real Problem". The Washington Post. p. E03.
- Barry Svrluga (February 26, 2007). "Nats' St. Claire Knows the Task at Hand". Washington Post. p. E01.
- Campbell, Rich (October 1, 2007). "Down Bergmann up in team plans". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Seattle Mariners
- Anonymous, "Washington Nationals announce White & Partners as 2007 marketing partner," Washington Nationals press release, November 28, 2006, 2:07 p.m EST.
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Houston Astros
- Schudel, Matt (March 18, 2011). "Mitchell Page, hitting coach for Nationals and Cardinals, dies at 59". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
- Thomas Boswell (June 4, 2007). "Nationals Are Managing Just Fine With Acta". The Washington Post. p. E01.
- Linton Weeks (May 8, 2007). "Baseball Most Foul: The Nats Reinvent Bad". Washington Post. p. C01.
- Ladson, Bill (July 31, 2007). "Nats let deadline pass without a deal". Retrieved July 31, 2007.
- Ladson, Bill (July 19, 2007). "Cordero, Rauch focus of trade rumors". Retrieved July 31, 2007.
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Philadelphia Phillies
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & San Diego Padres
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Oakland Athletics
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Detroit Tigers
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Minnesota Twins
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Boston Red Sox
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Arizona Diamondbacks
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Milwaukee Brewers
- baseball-reference.com 2007 Washington Nationals Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
- baseball-reference.com 2007 Washington Nationals
- Jacobson, Todd (April 8, 2007). "D-backs tee off on Patterson". The Free Lance-Star, p. B7.
- Blum, Ronald (April 14, 2007). "Nats flirt with two in a row". The Free Lance-Star, p. B10
- Jacobson, Todd (April 30, 2007). "Finally, Nationals get started early". The Free Lance-Star, p. C1.
- The Official Site of The Washington Nationals: News: Nationals watch record with wonder