Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 6/16/12
One great aspect of Major League baseball is that every year there are teams that blow away expert and fan expectations. This year, there have been a handful of those teams, including the Orioles, White Sox, Dodgers, Pirates, Mets, and Nationals. Today I’m going to focus on what I feel is the biggest surprise of that group: the Nationals. In recent years, baseball fans have watched the Tampa Bay Rays rise from the bottom of the AL East to an annually elite level. It was a long process certainly, but when the team turned the corner the long wait seemed entirely worth it. It showed us that building an entire organization from the ground up is tough but certainly doable. And in 2012, it looks like the same story is beginning to be told for the “Nasty Nats.” Photo courtesy USA Today The Nationals are 38-23 and in first place of the loaded NL East. They’re 4 1/2 games ahead of the also surprising New York Mets, and seem to be in the driver’s seat of the division for the foreseeable
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