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The 2013 season was a painful one for the Washington Nationals, but it can be a learning experience for a young and relatively inexperienced roster.
The 2013 roster of the Nationals had an average age of 27.0 years—20th in MLB.
However, a closer look shows just how young the team really was.
The following table splits the team up into pitchers and position players, and focuses on the members of the team younger than the average age as well as those younger than the age of 30:
|| BELOW 27
For such a young team, the experience gained from even one additional season in the big leagues is invaluable. Furthermore, the exact circumstances of the 2013 season cannot be understated. As the old saying goes, "You have to learn how to lose before you can learn how to win."
The Nationals are ready for their next lesson.