For the Washington Nationals, the hope is that the second time is the charm.
Prior to the 2013 season, the Nationals were locked in on one thing and one thing only: the World Series.
It was the kind of expectation that garnered former manager Davey Johnson to remark via the Washington Post, “World Series or bust” in regards to the 2013 campaign.
As we know, it was bust.
MLB Analyst Gabe Zaldivar breaks down a team that brings back a similar cast of characters, which may very well prove to be the best decision.
This is a team stacked with talent. From the star-studded starting rotation to the prolific outfield, the Nationals have what it takes to make good on expectations long since vanished.
Of course, they need more than talent alone; something we learned from a lackluster year that, while ending with a bang, provided little more than an early offseason for a team with sights on bigger prizes.
If health, run production and the bullpen stand up to the demands of a season, we may very well see the Nationals in October. Who cares if it’s one year late?
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