Major League Baseball returned to the nation’s capital in 2005 as the Montreal Expos relocated and transitioned to the Washington Nationals.

The Nats played their home games at RFK Stadium, where President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch at Washington’s home opener against the Diamondbacks. The Nats raced out to a 51-32 mark before stumbling down the stretch and finishing with 81-81 record.

First baseman Nick Johnson led the Nats with a .289 batting average while Livan Hernandez — Washington’s lone All-Star representative — led the team with 15 wins.

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