Nov 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT
The Nationals have been searching for a leadoff hitter and center fielder since … well, since before they were the Nationals.
This is a franchise that has tried in vain for eight seasons to develop or acquire someone who possessed both the ability to play center field and hit at the top of a big-league lineup.
First there was Endy Chavez. Then there was Brandon Watson. Then Nook Logan. Then Lastings Milledge. Then Nyjer Morgan. The list also included, at various times, Justin Maxwell, Marlon Byrd, Willie Harris, Preston Wilson, Ryan Langerhans, Ryan Church, Elijah Dukes, Roger Bernadina, Rick Ankiel and even a guy named Jorge Padilla who even the most knowledgeable Nationals fan would never remember existed.
All told, 32 different men have played center field for the Nationals since 2005 (tied with the Red Sox and Athletics for most in theRead more »
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