2021 Washington Nationals season

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2021 Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals Cap Insig.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Lerner Enterprises
General manager(s)Mike Rizzo
Manager(s)Dave Martinez
Local televisionMASN
(Bob Carpenter, FP Santangelo, Dan Kolko, Bo Porter)
Local radio106.7 The Fan
Washington Nationals Radio Network
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler)
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The 2021 Washington Nationals season will be the Nationals' 17th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the 14th season at Nationals Park, and the 53rd since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Offseason[edit]

Team news[edit]

In 2021, the Nationals will have their highest first-round draft pick since 2011 after finishing in a five-way tie for the seventh-worst record in MLB in 2020. They will draft eleventh, according to a preliminary draft order.[1][2]

Coming off their first losing season since 2011, the Nationals overhauled their coaching staff. With the contracts of third base coach Chip Hale, hitting coach Kevin Long, and pitching coach Paul Menhart expiring after the 2020 season, the Nationals decided not to renew them, The Washington Post and other media outlets reported.[3] The team announced the hiring of Jim Hickey, who worked with manager Dave Martinez during their time with the Tampa Bay Rays, as pitching coach on October 19, 2020.[4] Despite previous media reports, the Nationals did sign Long to a new deal, also shifting first base coach Bob Henley back to third base and promoting Randy Knorr, manager of the Class-AAA Fresno Grizzlies, to the first base coaching job.[5]

The Nationals also made major changes to their roster, designating 10 players—pitchers Aaron Barrett, James Bourque, Roenis Elías, Paolo Espino, Sam Freeman, Javy Guerra, and Austen Williams, catcher Raudy Read, infielder Adrián Sánchez, and outfielder Michael A. Taylor—off of the major league roster[6][7][8][9][10] before announcing they would decline 2021 options for outfielder Adam Eaton, starting pitcher Aníbal Sánchez, and first basemen Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames,[11] making them free agents.[12][13][14] The Nationals also saw utility infielders Asdrúbal Cabrera and Brock Holt, relief pitcher Sean Doolittle, catcher Kurt Suzuki, and first baseman Ryan Zimmerman depart as unrestricted free agents.[12] The team signed pending free agent infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison to a new one-year deal on October 22, 2020, before he reached free agency.[15]

Transactions[edit]

  • October 9, 2020: The Nationals outrighted right-handed pitchers Aaron Barrett, Paolo Espino, and Austen Williams and infielder Adrián Sánchez to the minor leagues; Barrett and Espino elected free agency.
  • October 10, 2020: The Nationals outrighted left-handed pitcher Roenis Elías to the minor leagues; he elected free agency.
  • October 12, 2020: The Nationals outrighted left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman and right-handed pitcher Javy Guerra to the minor leagues; they elected free agency.
  • October 13, 2020: The Nationals outrighted right-handed pitcher James Bourque and catcher Raudy Read to the minor leagues.
  • October 15, 2020: The Nationals outrighted outfielder Michael A. Taylor to the minor leagues; he elected free agency.
  • October 19, 2020: The Nationals hired pitching coach Jim Hickey.
  • October 22, 2020: The Nationals signed infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison to a one-year contract extension.
  • October 23, 2020: The Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Steven Fuentes from the minor leagues.
  • November 18, 2020: The Nationals signed left-handed pitcher Sam Clay to a major league contract.
  • November 20, 2020: The Nationals selected the contracts of right-handed pitcher Joan Adon and infielder Yasel Antuna from the minor leagues.

Spring training[edit]

The Nationals will hold spring training at their facility at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach, Florida, which they share with the Houston Astros. It will be their fifth year at the facility.

Regular season[edit]

Opening Day[edit]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day Starters
Name Position

Game recap[edit]

Season standings[edit]

National League East[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Atlanta Braves 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Miami Marlins 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
New York Mets 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0
Washington Nationals 0 0 -nan 0–0 0–0

National League Wild Card[edit]

Division Leaders W L Pct.
Arizona Diamondbacks 0 0 -nan
Atlanta Braves 0 0 -nan
Chicago Cubs 0 0 -nan


Wild Card teams
(Top two qualify for postseason)
W L Pct. GB
Cincinnati Reds 0 0 -nan
Colorado Rockies 0 0 -nan
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 -nan
Miami Marlins 0 0 -nan
Milwaukee Brewers 0 0 -nan
New York Mets 0 0 -nan
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 -nan
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 -nan
San Diego Padres 0 0 -nan
San Francisco Giants 0 0 -nan
St. Louis Cardinals 0 0 -nan
Washington Nationals 0 0 -nan


Record vs. opponents[edit]

2021 National League Records

Source: NL Standings Head-to-head

Team ARI ATL CHC CIN COL LAD MIA MIL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL WSH AL
Arizona 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Atlanta 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Chicago 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Cincinnati 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Colorado 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Los Angeles 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Miami 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Milwaukee 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
New York 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Philadelphia 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Pittsburgh 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
San Diego 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
San Francisco 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
St. Louis 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0
Washington 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0 0–0

Updated with the results of all games through xxx xx, 2021.

March–April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Major league debuts[edit]

Game Log[edit]

Legend
  Nationals win
  Nationals loss
  Postponement
Bold Nationals team member
2021 Game Log: 0–0 (Home: 0–0; Away: 0–0)

Current roster[edit]

Washington Nationals 2021 spring training roster
40-man roster Non-roster invitees Coaches/Other

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders


Manager

Coaches



33 active, 0 inactive, 4 non-roster invitees

Injury icon 2.svg 7-, 10-, or 15-day injured list
* Not on active roster
Suspended list
Roster, coaches, and NRIs updated November 23, 2020
Transactions Depth Chart
All MLB rosters

Statistics[edit]

Batting[edit]

(Updated as of xx/xx/xx)

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Walks; SO = Strikeouts; Avg. = Batting average; OBP = On Base Percentage; SLG = Slugging Percentage; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG OBP SLG SB

Pitching[edit]

(Updated as of xx/xx/xx)

Players in bold are on the active roster.

Note: 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; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Farm system[edit]

The professional agreement between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball expired after the 2020 season, in which minor league teams did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[16]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nesbitt, Stephen J. (October 12, 2020). "MLB draft order set: Pirates, Rangers, Tigers, Red Sox up top". The Athletic. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  2. ^ Callis, Jim (October 12, 2020). "Here's the 2021 Draft order". MLB.com. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  3. ^ Dougherty, Jesse (October 10, 2020). "Nationals will not retain coaches Kevin Long and Chip Hale". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  4. ^ "Nationals agree to terms with Pitching Coach Jim Hickey". Curly W Live. October 19, 2020. Retrieved October 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Nationals announce Major League coaching staff". Curly W Live. October 28, 2020. Retrieved October 28, 2020.
  6. ^ Byrne, Connor (October 12, 2020). "Javy Guerra, Sam Freeman Elect Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  7. ^ Byrne, Connor (October 9, 2020). "Nationals Outright 4 Players". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  8. ^ Simmons, James (October 11, 2020). "Washington Nationals: And you can close the book on Roenis Elias". District on Deck. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
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  10. ^ Adams, Steve (October 15, 2020). "Michael A. Taylor Clears Waivers, Elects Free Agency". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 15, 2020.
  11. ^ https://twitter.com/MarkZuckerman/status/1321521473522118657
  12. ^ a b Zuckerman, Mark (September 29, 2020). "Change is coming for Nationals, but how much?". MASN Sports. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  13. ^ Zuckerman, Mark (October 11, 2020). "Thames' poor year again leaves Nats with first base questions". MASN Sports. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  14. ^ Camerato, Jessica (October 10, 2020). "What to watch for: Nationals offseason FAQ". MLB.com. Retrieved October 12, 2020.
  15. ^ Adams, Steve (October 22, 2020). "Nationals re-sign two-time All-Star Josh Harrison". Yardbarker. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
  16. ^ Cooper, J. J. (October 1, 2020). "The Professional Baseball Agreement Expired Without A Deal. So Now What?". Baseball America. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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