WASHINGTON (AP) General manager Mike Rizzo knew this was going to be a tough season for the Washington Nationals. So did manager Dave Martinez. The players, too. And it was - to the tune of a majors-worst and Nationals-record 107 losses.
Compound that with the departure of star slugger Juan Soto via trade (which followed the previous exits of the likes of Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Anthony Rendon and Bryce Harper), the "mystery" of Stephen Strasburg's future (to use Rizzo's word), the still-developing youngsters on the roster and the pending sale of the club: There is quite a bit of uncertainty surrounding a franchise that won the World Series in 2019.
"It was a long year for us," pitcher Erick Fedde said. "I don't think we rank highly in much or even in any category. That's unfortunate. But we have a lot of young guys who grew a lot this year and that was, in a big picture sense, a very large part of this season and hopefully that leads to success."