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The Nats’ all-time stat leaders

Sep 14, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT


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Ryan Zimmerman has hit the most home runs in Nationals history.

ATLANTA — While sitting around waiting to see if today will finally be the day Bob Watson renders a decision on Nyjer Morgan's suspension appeal, I've been playing around on baseball-reference.com's fantastic "Play Index" feature, which lets you look up all sorts of stats based on just about any criteria you can come up with.

Since the Nationals' sixth season is nearly complete — some of you might argue it's already over — it occurred to me that the franchise has been in D.C. long enough now to start compiling leaderboards in all the pertinent categories (home runs, RBI, wins, strikeouts, etc.). Some of the names will be obvious. Some will take you by surprise. Some will make you laugh. Some will make you cry.

So here you go: The Nats' all-time statistical leaders (2005-present)…

HOME RUNS
1. Ryan Zimmerman 116
2. Adam Dunn 72
3. Nick Johnson 49
4. Alfonso Soriano 46
5. Josh Willingham 40
6t. Austin Kearns 34
6t. Ryan Church 34
8. Jose Guillen 33
9. Willie Harris 28
10. Ronnie Belliard 27

RBI
1. Ryan Zimmerman 447
2. Nick Johnson 215
3. Adam Dunn 196
4. Cristian Guzman 177Read more »

  1. P. Cole - Sep 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    What a sad state of affairs.

  2. A DC Wonk - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Biggest surprises to me:1. Willie Harris appearing on the all time home run list 2. Elijah Dukes 5th on OBP3. Nyjer tied for 3rd in BA (yowza!)4. Burnett tied for 2d in ERA

  3. JaneB - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Nyjer haters should take another look at batting average. Maybe he shouldn't be lead off but still… I was surprised as how much my heart still tugs to see certain players names here. Nick Johnson, for obvious reasons. Esteban Loiza, for reasons that totally escape me. I can't recall how long we have Soriano — I thought it was only a year. Am I wrong about that? Pretty impressive HR numbers if I'm not. I know the Cubs don't feel like they got their money's worth out of him, but MAN do I love watching him at the plate, even still. I remembered that Austin Kearns once really was a solid everyday kinda guy. And look at Willie's HR production. I didn't realize. Finally, not for the first or last time, I say thank the gods for Ryan Zimmerman. Can you imagine how bummed we would be without him? Thanks for compiling this, Mark/Go Nats.

  4. Anonymous - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:24 PM

    Very sad to see the career-progression of Ryan Church, whose name appears prominently above.Is his career over or will he find a baseball home?

  5. Sec3MySofa - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    What jumps out at me is how little the top spots are likely to change in the next year or two. Most of the names on these lists won't be moving up, and not many current Nats threaten to get past a diving Jose Vidro. (Couldn't pass that up.)

  6. Mark Zuckerman - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    JaneB: Soriano hit all 46 of his homers in 2006, his only season in D.C. Yep, pretty impressive.

  7. Stew Magnuson - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    The win totals are the most disturbing.But not that shocking, I guess.

  8. Arlington Big Fish - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Boy, that pitching roster brings back some (not so pleasant) memories. Jesus Colome, the human rain delay? Saul Rivera, whose 245 appearances seem to have resulted in about 200 cringe-inducing performances? Micah Bowie. Who the hell is Micah Bowie? And after 6 years, our leading pitcher has 35 wins — fewer than 6 per year, on average. I'm starting to fell nauseous.

  9. Frank - Sep 14, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    And here I had totally forgot about Saul Rivera, but he's been the most in yo face Nationals pitcher eva!

  10. Tcostant - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    What stand out to be me is:1) We are watching a great player in Ryan Zimmerman, enjoy watching this guy in his prime.2) Nick Johnson was a very good player, it a shame the guy just couldn't avoid injuries.3) Alfonso Soriano place on this list, shows that we have not have enough good powers hitters on this team (Sign Dunn Now!)I'm Out

  11. Doc - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    For some reason, I like seeing Sean Burnett's name as 2nd in ERA.

  12. carolync - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Thanks for posting this, Mark. It evokes happy memories of my all time favorite Nat, Ronnie Belliard. Ronnie B. was just released by the Dodgers and, at age 35, probably won't play again except in the Dominican Winter League. In his day, he was an All-star second baseman and a great situational hitter. Thanks to Rizzo for trading him to the Dodgers so he got into the play-offs and played most of another year. Who can forget his two-run walk-off against the Orioles in 2008?

  13. Dave Nichols - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Elijah Dukes being cut for "baseball reasons" is still the biggest bill of goods ever sold to the fans of the Washington Nationals.

  14. bdrube - Sep 14, 2010 at 6:59 PM

    You forgot strikeouts, where Jason Bergmann is second to Livo on the all time Nats list with 299 (Livo just passed him this year). That say volumes about how bad this team has been.

  15. NatsNut - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    This is so great! You're right about my reactions kinda running the gamut. Person I miss the most here: Nick Johnson. (Who had season ending surgery in, like, May. Heh)

  16. Steve M. - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    ON-BASE PERCENTAGE (min. 500 PA)1. Nick Johnson .4162. Dmitri Young .3823. Adam Dunn .3804. Josh Willingham .3775. Elijah Dukes .359______________________Look at #5 on the list. Still can't believe they went with Nyjer over Dukes and when the Nats cut him they probably ruined his career.JayB was right that Dukes didn't come into Spring Training ready to play baseball but I think he was still dealing with his father dying and all.Any Dukes updates?

  17. Mark Zuckerman - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:43 PM

    bdrube said…You forgot strikeouts, where Jason Bergmann is second to Livo on the all time Nats list with 299 (Livo just passed him this year). That say volumes about how bad this team has been.Thanks for the reminder. I was going to include strikeouts but forgot. Here's the full top 10…1. Livan Hernandez 3622. Jason Bergmann 2993. John Lannan 2754. John Patterson 2425. Jon Rauch 2246. Chad Cordero 1977. Saul Rivera 1918. Esteban Loaiza 1739. Tyler Clippard 17210. Joel Hanrahan 171

  18. alm100 - Sep 14, 2010 at 7:51 PM

    I miss Nick and his barrel-roll slides into second and home.

  19. Dave - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Clippard @ #5 with 15 wins is just depressing.

  20. Dave - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:19 PM

    edit – 14 wins

  21. Dryw - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    The Nats did so much wrong by Chad Cordero. I will always wish him well and hope to see him play in the bigs again.

  22. Anonymous - Sep 14, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Anyone looking at the list, knows what a joke this team is.

  23. Anonymous - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:46 AM

    I am sure it's just a mistake, but Mark, you are missing Storen in saves category. You'll probably need to correct that.

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