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The Washington Nationals are the most recent team to have relocated. They still have a good fanbase from the Montreal Expos, as well as in their new hometown, but they have yet to win a pennant. They only have one National League East title as the Montreal Expos from 1981, the year a player strike forced the season to be split into halves.
A shot at a World Series title, especially as the Nationals, would certainly increase their fanbase and revenue, as well as improve their chances at success later on.
The Nationals also represent the other teams in the National League East: the New York Mets and Florida Marlins. Like the Blue Jays, these teams have to play in a league dominated by the same teams every year. A second wild card would improve the chances of the other teams of the NL East.
The playoffs are not incredibly long. It’s not always about the teams with the best records; if a team is hot, it only takes 11 wins to take home the title. These teams just want a chance to get that far.
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