November 21, 2017

FORMER NATS: Brian Schneider Retires

A second former Washington National announced retirement in two days. Yesterday, Nick Johnson and today, catcher Brian Schneider, 36.

Both Johnson and Schneider were part of the 2005 Nats who brought baseball back to DC and will always be sentimental fan favorites. As Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post said about the 2005 team, “Part of me thinks those guys, just by happenstance, shouldn’t have to buy drinks here for perpetuity, and it has nothing to do with their abilities as ballplayers.”

Schneider was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fifth round of the 1995 amateur draft and made his MLB debut on May 26, 2000 at age 23. Schneider was with the Expos/Nationals through 2007 so never dressed in a Nats uniform at Nationals Park. Schneider went on to play for the New York Mets and the last three seasons with Philadelphia Phillies so Nats fans had the opportunity to see Schneider often.

We wish Brian Schneider the best.

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at RFK, 5/18/2007 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at RFK, 5/18/2007 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at spring training with New York Mets, 3/24/2008 (© Cheryl Nichols)

Former Nationals Catcher Brian Schneider at spring training with New York Mets, 3/24/2008 (© Cheryl Nichols)

FORMER NATS: Nick Johnson Retires

Former Washington Nationals first baseman Nick Johnson filed his MLB retirement papers today at only age 34 according to several sources.

Nick Johnson was drafted by the New York Yankees in the third round of the 1996 amateur draft and made his major league debut on August 21, 2001 at only age 22. Johnson was traded by the Yankees to Montreal Expos with Randy Choate and Juan Rivera for Javier Vazquez.

Johnson joined the Nationals when the Expos moved to Washington in 2005 and #24 quickly became a fan favorite. In fact, there were still several Johnson jerseys worn at Nationals Park in 2012. Johnson was traded by the Nats to the then Florida Marlins after the all-star break in 2009 for Aaron Thompson.

Unfortunately, after the terrible collision in right field with outfielder Austin Kearns at Shea Stadium on Sept. 26, 2006 that left Johnson with a broken femur, Johnson could never quite get healthy again. After a half season with Marlins, Johnson bounced around from the Yankees to Indians and played last year with the Baltimore Orioles.

He only played 233 games in the big leagues after the 2006 injury, however, the guy could get on base. Since 2001, Nick Johnson has 10th best OBP (.399) among players with 3,000 plate appearances.

Some of the media poked fun of Johnson’s injury history and Sabremetricians hero.

 

 

Thanks for the memories, Nick Johnson.
We wish you all the best.

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/4/2008 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/4/2008 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 6/4/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 6/4/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/21/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson at Nats Park, 5/21/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sliding back for first base, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sliding back for first base, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sporting a beard, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Former National 1B Nick Johnson sporting a beard, 4/17/2009 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

PHOTOS: Washington Nationals Win Final Game of Battle of Beltway

The Washington Nationals hosted the Baltimore Orioles for the first of two “Battle of the Beltway” meetings this season, May 18-20, 2012. The weather was perfect, both teams are at the top of their divisions and fans poured into Nationals Park over the weekend.

Quick highlights from Sunday’s game: Nationals won 9-3. RHP Stephen Strasburg hit his first MLB home run and took a curtain call. Jesus Flores and Danny Espinosa also hit home runs. Washington Capitals Jason Chimera threw out ceremonial first pitch. The Nats won on Jayson Werth’s birthday. You can read the full game re-cap here.

Here is a small sampling of our photos from May 20, 2012 Nats 9-3 win. Enjoy. [Read more…]

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