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2005 Washington Nationals season

The Washington Nationals' 2005 season was the first for the team formerly known as the Montreal Expos since moving to Washington, D. C. and 37th overall for the franchise. The team signed four key free agents during the off-season: Vinny Castilla, José Guillén, Cristian Guzmán and Esteban Loaiza.


  • January 19, 2005: Esteban Loaiza was signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.[1]
  • February 7, 2005: Melvin Nieves was signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.[2]

Regular season

The Nationals had a terrific first half, as they had a 51-32 record by July 5 and were leading the Atlanta Braves by 4.5 games. However, the team struggled in its final 79 games, going 30-49 and scoring only 299 runs (3.78 per game). They were also shut out 7 times during that span. Nevertheless, the teams was able to finish the season at .500; this was only the fourth time in 10 years that the franchise had finished at or above .500.


  • On April 4, 2005, Brad Wilkerson (after being the last player to ever wear a Montreal Expo jersey) had the honor of being the first batter for the Washington Nationals and he promptly responded with the first hit in the new team's history. Nevertheless, Kenny Lofton hit a three-run homer and Jon Lieber pitched 5 effective innings, leading the home team Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-4 victory over the new Nationals at Citizens Bank Park. (Lieber was credited with the win for the Phillies and would also score a win for Philadelphia in the last game of the 2005 Nationals season.) Outfielder Terrmel Sledge hit the Nats' first home run in the April 4 contest.
  • Scorecard: April 4, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 4 13 1
Philadelphia 0 2 1 0 4 0 1 0 x 8 14 1
W: Lieber (1-0)   L: Hernandez (0-1)   
HRs: Terrmel Sledge, Kenny Lofton Attendance: 44,080.[3]

Length of game: 3:19. Umpires: HP: Darling, 1B: Poncino, 2B: Wegner, 3B: Nauert

Season standings

Notable transactions

  • May 14, 2005: Marlon Byrd was traded by the Philadelphia Phillies to the Washington Nationals for Endy Chávez.[4]
  • May 31, 2005: Melvin Nieves was released by the Washington Nationals.[2]
  • July 13, 2005: Mike Stanton was Signed as a Free Agent with the Washington Nationals.[5]
  • July 20, 2005: Kenny Kely was selected off waivers by the Washington Nationals from the Cincinnati Reds.[6]
  • September 29, 2005: Mike Stanton was Traded by the Washington Nationals to the Boston Red Sox for Rhys Taylor (minors) and Yader Peralta (minors).[5]


Screech is the mascot of the Washington Nationals. He is a bald eagle who wears the home cap and jersey of the team. He was "hatched" on April 17, 2005 at the "Kids Opening Day" promotion at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. A nine-year-old fourth grade student in Washington, Glenda Gutierrez, designed the mascot and won a contest sponsored by the team, explaining that it was "strong and eats almost everything."


2005 Washington Nationals
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Game log

Game Log

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Team leaders


Stat Player Total
Avg. Nick Johnson .289
HR Preston Wilson
José Guillén
25 (10 with Nationals)
RBI Preston Wilson
José Guillén
90 (43 with Nationals)
R José Guillén 81
H José Guillén 156
SB Brad Wilkerson 8


Stat Player Total
W Liván Hernández 15
L Liván Hernández
Esteban Loaiza
ERA John Patterson 3.13
SO John Patterson 185
SV Chad Cordero 47
IP Liván Hernández 246.1

Awards and honors

Nationals among league leaders


Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
OBP Nick Johnson .408 6 8 (tie)
2B Brad Wilkerson 42 7 (tie) 11 (tie)
3B Brad Wilkerson 7 7 (tie) 12 (tie)


Stat Player Total NL Rank MLB Rank
SV Chad Cordero 47 1 1
HLD Gary Majewski
Luis Ayala
6 (tie)
10 (tie)
12 (tie)
W Liván Hernández 15 9 (tie) 16 (tie)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA New Orleans Zephyrs Pacific Coast League Tim Foli
AA Harrisburg Senators Eastern League Keith Bodie
A Potomac Nationals Carolina League Bob Henley
A Savannah Sand Gnats South Atlantic League Randy Knorr
Short-Season A Vermont Expos New York–Penn League Jose Alguacil and Bobby Williams
Rookie GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League Wendell Kim


  • 2005 Washington Nationals team page at Baseball Reference
  • 2005 Washington Nationals season at
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