Timeline of How the Nationals Transformed from Punching Bag to Contender

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Timeline of How the Nationals Transformed from Punching Bag to Contender
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The Washington Nationals have undergone a drastic transformation since their inaugural season in 2005, going from punching bag to contender—and potential National League powerhouse.

Following the 2004 season, the Montreal Expos moved their franchise back to Washington, D.C., to begin the 37th season in franchise history.

With them, they unfortunately brought their decade-long streak of futility.

Prior to the 2005 season, the franchise had not been successful since the strike-shortened 1994 season—and we all know how that worked out for the Expos and the fans.

Now, the Nationals are one of the best teams in baseball.

This transformation may have been years in the making, but it's finally time for fans of the franchise—both Expos and Nationals fans—to rejoice over having a contending ballclub to cheer for.

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