WASHINGTON - JUNE 04: Matt Capps #55 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after the final out of a 4-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds at Nationals Park on June 4, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals - All-Star History...
In 2005, for Detroit's All-Star Game, there were two Washington Nationals selected as reserves, with DC's Flat-Brimmed Closer Chad Cordero, who entered the Break in '05 with a (2-1) record, 31 saves in 46 games, and 47.2 innings pitched over which he'd allowed just 37 hits, 6 ER, 4 HR's and 12 walks (2.27 BB/9) while recording 42 K's (7.93 K/9) and posting a 1.13 ERA, and Livan Hernandez, the former and current, Mr. National Himself, who was, at the time of his selection, (12-3) in 19 starts, with a 3.48 ERA and 78 K's in 134.1 innings on the mound for the then-recently-relocated franchise.
In '06, Washington, (and baseball fans everywhere, who voted him a starter), sent reluctant DC outfielder Alfonso Soriano to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's PNC Park as the Nationals' (thus far) lone "elected" All-Star representative. After 81 games that season, Soriano had collected 93 hits in 338 at bats, for a .275 AVG, with 24 doubles, 21 HR's, 56 RBI's, 10 stolen bases, and (in one of the rare instances where the term "irony" could, possibly, be correctly applied), a League-leading 12 outfield assists, though most of those were because opposing team's coaches and baserunners continued to test his unproven arm throughout his first season in the outfield.
In July of 2007, Washington first baseman Dmitri Young was a surprising selection when he was added as a reserve on the NL squad for San Francisco's turn as the ASG host city. DY had been written off by many after he'd flamed out in Detroit and he'd had actually been released by the Tigers a year earlier, but then Da Meat Hook hooked up with Washington and former DC GM Jim Bowden (one of the good things Bowden did during his tenure and there were a few), and almost immediately, DY set about rejuvenating his Major League career. At the time of his selection, DY was hitting .339, with 96 hits in 283 at bats over 81 games, in which he'd collected 23 doubles, 1 triple, 8 HR's and 43 RBI's.
2008 saw Nats' shortstop Cristian Guzman get the call to represent the Nats and the National League. The Guzzzz led the NL in hits with 119 at the time of his selection, a total which ranked Guzman second overall in the Majors, with his .313 BA tied for 6th best in the NL, and tied for 12th best in all of Major League Baseball (as of 7/10/08). Guzman led the Nationals in runs, with 50, doubles, with 25, triples, (tied with Elijah Dukes and Willie Harris at 2), and he was then third on the team in RBI's, having collected 29 in 87 games.