The Washington Nationals were born in 1969 as the Montreal Expos during MLB betting expansion into Montreal.
San Diego, Seattle, and Kansas City which forever changed the game as the two leagues split into two divisions, which sparked the league baseball betting championship series that have remained ever since. The Expos were an immediate hit at the gate in Montreal, though they did lose 110 games in their inaugural baseball betting season.
By 1973 MLB betting season, they were a contender for the NL East title but, in the end, couldn’t overtake the Mets. Manager Gen Mauch, however, had mentored a team that was sound on fundamentals and defense. Mauch could not quite complete his mission, however, and was fired after a disappointing 1975 baseball betting season.
1977 baseball betting season launched a new era for the Expos as they moved into spacious Olympic Stadium with a loaded young roster that included NL Rookie of the Year Andre Dawson, Warren Cromartie, Gary Carter, and Larry Parrish. This nucleus would turn Montreal into a perennial contender. By 1979 baseball betting season, the Expos were in the thick of the division race until the very end, finishing second to the eventual world champion Pirates by a single game. Montreal remained a top contender and in the 1981 split baseball betting season made the playoffs. After dispatching of Philadelphia in the division playoff the Expos met the Dodgers in the NLCS. In 5th and deciding game at Montreal, LA’s Rick Monday broke an 8th inning tie with a home run to break Montreal’s hearts. This era of Expos would never again come so close to the Fall Classic.
In 1987 baseball betting season the Expos had a roof added to Olympic Stadium, which caused more problems than it solved as it was not only faulty, but turned off Montreal MLB betting fans who enjoyed outdoor baseball. Attendance sagged, as did the on field performance.
In 1994 baseball betting season there was a baseball renaissance in Montreal as the Expos posted baseball’s best record of 74-40 on August 12 when the baseball betting season shut down over a labor dispute. The franchise never recovered from this betrayal of the MLB betting fans and could not compete with the economic landscape that followed the new agreement. After years of futility the Expos moved to Washington to begin play in 2005 as the Nationals. The nation’s capital enjoyed a playoff contending season and responded with record crowds.