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2014 Nationals Team Preview: Beast Of The East

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist

Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.

2014 Washington Nationals Team Preview

Coming off a historically great season that saw the Nationals dominate their division and usher manager Davey Johnson off into retirement with a World Series ring... oh, no, wait, that's what was supposed to happen in 2013. Despite an impressive core of young and veteran players that seemed to be a dynasty in the making, last season didn't go according to script. Injuries and bad luck held back a number of key players, including two pillars of the franchise in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, and while the club's eventual record wasn't bad (86-76), it fell far short of expectations and was not good enough to qualify for the postseason.

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