July 22-25: Home Series Against the Colorado Rockies
Unlike one former National that became a free agent this winter, there is no doubt about what kind of reception Daniel Murphy will receive when he arrives back in D.C. this summer.
After signing with the Nationals in the offseason after his historic heater in the 2015 postseason, Murphy quickly became one of the most productive and most liked Nationals in the team’s short history.
In his first season in 2016, Murphy finished as the MVP runner-up by slashing .347/.390/.595 and leading the National League in OPS (.985).
Murphy followed that season up by winning his second consecutive silver slugger award and making the all-star for the third time in his career.
As a National, Murphy totaled 413 hits, 99 doubles, 100 walks, and made lots of fans along the way.
This offseason, Murphy signed a two-year, $24 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. There is no doubt that with Murphy’s skills with the bat, he will make Coors Field looks like a little league yard.
When Murphy comes back to Nationals Park, he will bring a friend: Former Expo and National Ian Desmond.
Desmond is going on his third season as a Rockie where he has struggled despite the benefits of his hitter-friendly home field.