|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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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.
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 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.
|New York Mets||88||74||0.543||1||41–40||47–34|
2007 National League Records
|Opening Day Starters|
|Felipe López||Second baseman|
|Ryan Zimmerman||Third baseman|
|Austin Kearns||Right fielder|
|Dmitri Young||First baseman|
|Ryan Church||Left fielder|
|Nook Logan||Center fielder|
|John Patterson||Starting pitcher|
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.
|C||Schneider, BrianBrian Schneider||129||408||33||96||21||1||6||54||.235||0|
|1B||Young, DmitriDmitri Young||136||460||57||147||38||1||13||74||.320||0|
|2B||Belliard, RonnieRonnie Belliard||147||511||57||148||35||1||11||58||.290||3|
|SS||López, FelipeFelipe López||154||603||70||148||25||6||9||50||.245||24|
|3B||Zimmerman, RyanRyan Zimmerman||162||653||99||174||43||5||24||91||.266||4|
|LF||Church, RyanRyan Church||144||470||57||128||43||1||15||70||.272||3|
|CF||Logan, NookNook Logan||118||325||39||86||18||4||0||21||.265||23|
|RF||Kearns, AustinAustin Kearns||161||587||84||156||35||1||16||74||.266||2|
|RF||Fick, RobertRobert Fick||118||197||24||46||6||1||2||16||.234||0|
|C||Flores, JesusJesus Flores||79||180||21||44||9||0||4||25||.244||0|
|SS||Guzmán, ChristianChristian Guzmán||46||174||31||57||6||6||2||14||.328||2|
|CF||Langerhans, RyanRyan Langerhans||103||162||24||32||6||2||6||22||.198||3|
|LF||Peña, Wily MoWily Mo Peña||37||133||24||39||4||0||8||22||.293||2|
|IF||Jiménez, D'AngeloD'Angelo Jiménez||73||102||14||25||7||0||2||10||.245||2|
|1B||Batista, TonyTony Batista||80||101||10||26||3||0||2||16||.257||0|
|LF||Snelling, ChrisChris Snelling||24||49||6||10||1||1||1||7||.204||0|
|UT||Casto, KoryKory Casto||16||54||1||7||2||0||0||3||.130||0|
|OF||Restovich, MichaelMichael Restovich||15||28||0||4||1||0||0||1||.143||0|
|OF||Maxwell, JustinJustin Maxwell||15||26||5||7||0||0||2||5||.269||0|
|SS||Wilson, JoshJosh Wilson||15||19||3||1||0||0||0||0||.053||0|
|OF||Watson, BrandonBrandon Watson||5||18||2||5||1||0||0||2||.278||1|
|P||Chico, MattMatt Chico||31||48||1||8||0||0||0||3||.167||0|
|P||Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann||22||37||2||5||0||0||0||0||.135||0|
|P||Hill, ShawnShawn Hill||16||26||2||2||0||0||0||0||.077||0|
|P||Bacsik, MikeMike Bacsik||29||29||1||3||1||0||0||1||.103||0|
|P||Redding, TimTim Redding||15||28||1||2||1||0||0||2||.071||0|
|P||Simontacchi, JasonJason Simontacchi||13||19||1||1||0||0||0||0||.053||0|
|P||Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan||12||14||3||4||2||1||0||3||.286||0|
|P||Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan||6||13||1||2||1||0||0||1||.154||0|
|P||Bowie, MicahMicah Bowie||30||11||0||1||0||0||0||1||.091||0|
|P||Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson||7||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Williams, JeromeJerome Williams||6||7||0||1||0||0||0||0||.143||0|
|P||Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner||19||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Traber, BillyBilly Traber||28||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Rauch, JonJon Rauch||88||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Rivera, SaúlSaúl Rivera||85||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Abreu, WinstonWinston Abreu||26||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder||37||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Cordero, ChadChad Cordero||76||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Colomé, JesúsJesús Colomé||61||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||0|
|P||Booker, ChrisChris Booker||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||Muñoz, ArnieArnie Muñoz||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||Albaladejo, JonathanJonathan Albaladejo||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||Wagner, RyanRyan Wagner||14||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala||44||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
|P||King, RayRay King||55||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||–||0|
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.
|SP||Chico, MattMatt Chico||7||9||4.63||31||31||0||167.0||96||86||74||94|
|SP||Bacsik, MikeMike Bacsik||5||8||5.11||29||20||0||118.0||73||67||29||45|
|SP||Bergmann, JasonJason Bergmann||6||6||4.45||21||21||0||115.1||59||57||42||86|
|SP||Hill, ShawnShawn Hill||4||5||3.42||16||16||0||97.1||42||37||25||65|
|SP||Redding, TimTim Redding||3||6||3.64||15||15||0||84.0||35||34||38||47|
|SP||Simontacchi, JasonJason Simontacchi||6||7||6.37||13||13||0||70.2||53||50||23||42|
|CL||Cordero, ChadChad Cordero||3||3||3.36||76||0||37||75.0||31||28||29||62|
|RP||Rivera, SaúlSaúl Rivera||4||6||3.68||85||0||3||93.0||39||38||42||64|
|RP||Rauch, JonJon Rauch||8||4||3.61||88||0||4||87.1||37||35||21||71|
|RP||Colomé, JesúsJesús Colomé||5||1||3.82||61||0||1||66.0||30||28||27||43|
|RP||King, RayRay King||1||1||4.54||55||0||0||33.2||17||17||18||18|
|Bowie, MicahMicah Bowie||4||3||4.55||30||8||0||57.1||30||29||27||42|
|Hanrahan, JoelJoel Hanrahan||5||3||6.00||12||11||0||51.0||35||34||38||43|
|Schroder, ChrisChris Schroder||2||3||3.18||37||0||0||45.1||19||16||15||43|
|Ayala, LuisLuis Ayala||2||2||3.19||44||0||1||42.1||16||15||12||28|
|Speigner, LevaleLevale Speigner||2||3||8.78||19||6||0||40.0||39||39||23||19|
|Traber, BillyBilly Traber||2||2||4.76||28||2||0||39.2||22||21||13||27|
|Lannan, JohnJohn Lannan||2||2||4.15||6||6||0||34.2||17||16||17||10|
|Patterson, JohnJohn Patterson||1||5||7.47||7||7||0||31.1||26||26||22||15|
|Abreu, WinstonWinston Abreu||0||1||5.93||26||0||0||30.1||21||20||9||26|
|Williams, JeromeJerome Williams||0||5||7.20||6||6||0||30.0||26||24||18||15|
|Wagner, RyanRyan Wagner||0||2||5.74||14||0||0||15.2||11||10||8||9|
|Albaladejo, JonathanJonathan Albaladejo||1||1||1.88||14||0||0||14.1||3||3||2||12|
|Muñoz, ArnieArnie Muñoz||0||0||6.75||13||0||0||5.1||4||4||7||3|
|Booker, ChrisChris Booker||0||1||18.00||3||0||0||1.0||2||2||1||1|
|Detwiler, RossRoss Detwiler||0||0||0.00||1||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
Qualifying players only.
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.
|AAA||Columbus Clippers||International League||John Stearns|
|AA||Harrisburg Senators||Eastern League||Scott Little|
|A||Potomac Nationals||Carolina League||Randy Knorr|
|A||Hagerstown Suns||South Atlantic League||Tom Herr|
|A-Short Season||Vermont Lake Monsters||New York–Penn League||Darnell Coles|
|Rookie||GCL Nationals||Gulf Coast League||Bob Henley|
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