Nationals Opinions: Best Left Fielder in Nats History
Oct 6, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper (34) leaps to catch a fly ball hit by San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford (35) during the second inning in game three of the 2014 NLDS baseball playoff game at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Spring baseball has officially begun, which means fans are already looking forward to the 2015 season, and, hopefully, the 2015 postseason. But while most fans are looking forward, District on Deck is also taking a chance to look back. After all, 2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of the franchise’s move to Washington, D.C., and what better way to celebrate than by fondly remembering some of the best players to spend time in a Nats uniform?
So far, we’ve covered the shortstops and catchers. Today, we’ll be continuing our rankings with left field.
Since it is a part of the outfield, which tends to be a carousel of players, there are plenty of players for consideration. In fact, over the ten years that the Nationals have played since moving from Montreal, eight different players have led the team in starts in left field. In other words, only two players have started the most games at left field more than one season in the past decade. Ranging from journeymen like Marlon Byrd and Josh Willingham to young players full of potential like Bryce Harper and Ryan Church, the Nationals list of left fielders has a little bit of something for everyone.
But how do all of these players stack up when compared to each other? Who is the true king of left field when it comes to the Nationals? In this slideshow, I’ll give you my list of the top five. Read along, and feel free to join in with your opinion!
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