2011 Washington Nationals season
|2011 Washington Nationals|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Mike Rizzo|
|Manager(s)||Jim Riggleman, John McLaren, Davey Johnson|
WDCW (CW 50)
(Bob Carpenter, FP Santangelo, Ray Knight, Johnny Holliday, Dave Jageler)
WJFK 106.7 FM|
(Charlie Slowes, Dave Jageler)
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The Washington Nationals' 2011 season was the seventh season for the American baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia and the 43rd since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It involved the Nationals attempting to win the National League East Division after a 69-93 season the year before.
On June 23, 2011, manager Jim Riggleman resigned after contract disputes with general manager Mike Rizzo. Riggleman resigned following a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners which put the Nationals over .500 at the latest point in a season since 2005 and gave them their 11th win in 12 games. Riggleman compiled a 140-172 record with the Nationals after he replaced Manny Acta after the all-star break in 2009. On June 24, Davey Johnson was named the new manager. Previously, he was a senior advisor to Mike Rizzo. He began managing on June 27. Bench coach John McLaren managed the club for three games following Riggleman's resignation before Johnson was decided upon as interim manager.
The Nationals finished the 2011 season in third place in the NL East with an 80-81 record, playing only 161 games because one game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was canceled due to rain. Their third-place finish was their best finish in the standings and second-best win-loss record since they moved to Washington.
On December 16, 2010, the Nationals traded Josh Willingham to the Oakland Athletics for Corey Brown and Henry Rodríguez. On January 19, 2011, they traded minor-leaguers Michael Burgess, Graham Hicks, and A. J. Morris to the Chicago Cubs for Tom Gorzelanny. On February 2, 2011, they traded Justin Maxwell to the New York Yankees for minor-leaguer for Adam Olbrychowski. On March 27, 2011, they traded Nyjer Morgan to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-leaguer Cutter Dykstra and cash, and the following day they traded Alberto González to the San Diego Padres for Erik Davis.
Advertising and marketing
The Nationals′ marketing slogan for 2011 was "Expect It." According to a letter to season ticket holders signed by Nationals Chief Operating Officer Andrew Feffer explained that the slogan let Nationals fans know that the team′s rebuilding strategy "is beginning to show returns," and that "we are determined to continue to do what it takes to elevate the franchise to the next level." The letter added that "in 2010, we had a productive stable of veterans and stars in the lineup," that "we now have a solid and exciting pipeline of pitchers," and that the franchise′s "improved Minor League system is now regularly producing a steady stream of Major League talent."
National League East
|National League East||W||L||Pct.||GB||Home||Road|
|New York Mets||77||85||0.475||25||34–47||43–38|
Record vs. opponents
2011 National League Records
Opening Day lineup
- December 5, 2010: The Nationals sign free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth to a 7-year, $126M contract.
- May 8, 2011: The Nationals received Gregor Blanco from the Kansas City Royals as part of a conditional deal.
- June 27, 2011: The Nationals sold Miguel Pérez to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- July 26, 2011: The Nationals traded minor-leaguers Chris Manno and Bill Rhinehart to the Cincinnati Reds for Jonny Gomes and cash.
- July 30, 2011: The Nationals traded Jason Marquis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor-leaguer Zach Walters and Jerry Hairston, Jr., to the Milwaukee Brewers for minor-leaguer Erik Komatsu.
- August 9, 2011: The Nationals purchased Miguel Pérez from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 2011 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft took place from June 6 to June 8. With their first pick – the sixth pick overall – the Nationals selected third baseman Anthony Rendon. Other notable players the Nationals selected were pitcher Alex Meyer (first round compensation pick, 23rd pick overall), pitcher Taylor Hill (sixth round, 187th overall), and outfielder Billy Burns (32nd round, 967th overall).
|2011 Washington Nationals|
The Nationals drew 1,940,478 fans at Nationals Park in 2011, improving over the previous season for the second straight year. It placed them 14th in attendance for the season among the 16 National League teams, also for the second consecutive year. Their highest attendance at a home game was on August 20, when they drew 44,685 for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies, while their lowest was 13,413 for a game against the Phillies on April 12. Their average home attendance was 24,256 per game, fifth-highest of their seven seasons in Washington but an increase from their previous season.
|Bold||Nationals team member|
|2011 Game Log|
Table is sortable.
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||Iván "Pudge" Rodríguez||44||124||14||27||7||0||2||19||.218||0|
|IF||Steve Lombardozzi, Jr.||13||31||3||6||1||0||0||1||.194||0|
Table is sortable.
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 honors
Clippard threw three pitches in the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and was its winning pitcher.
|AAA||Syracuse Chiefs||International League||Randy Knorr|
|AA||Harrisburg Senators||Eastern League||Tony Beasley|
|A||Potomac Nationals||Carolina League||Matthew LeCroy|
|A||Hagerstown Suns||South Atlantic League||Brian Daubach|
|A-Short Season||Auburn Doubledays||New York–Penn League||Gary Cathcart|
|Rookie||GCL Nationals||Gulf Coast League||Bobby Williams|
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Oakland Athletics
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Chicago Cubs
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & New York Yankees
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Milwaukee Brewers
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & San Diego Padres
- Steinberg, Dan, "Nats to Fans: 'Expect It'," washingtonpost.com, November 8, 2010, 10:34 a.m., EST.
- baseball-reference.com Head-to-Head Records
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Kansas City Royals
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Pittsburgh Pirates
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Cincinnati Reds
- baseball-reference.com Trades between Washington Nationals & Arizona Diamondbacks
- baseball-reference.com 2011 Washington Nationals Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
- baseball-reference.com 2011 Washington Nationals
- baseball-almanac.com Washington Nationals Attendance Data
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