Alphonso Maldon, Sports

The Recent Success of the Washington Nationals

 

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Alphonso Maldon is the founder of Partnership Strategies Consulting, a firm he continues to lead as president and CEO. In these roles, he engages with companies and organizations preparing to expand into the federal market space. Beyond his professional activities, Alphonso Maldon enjoys supporting Washington Nationals baseball.

First joining Major League Baseball (MLB) in 1969 as the Montreal Expos, the Washington baseball team moved to the US capital and took the Nationals name in 2005. Over the course of the 12 seasons the team has played since relocating, the Nationals have experienced a number of highs and lows, from back-to-back 59-win seasons in 2008 and 2009 to first-place National League (NL) finishes in 2012 and 2014.

The National’s 98 wins in 2012 broke a franchise record set in 1979 by the Expos. The Nationals outscored opponents by 137 runs that season, thanks in part to the efforts of pitcher Gio Gonzalez, who finished the year with a 21-8 record. Washington qualified for the postseason for the first time in Nationals history and the first time in franchise history since 1982, but ultimately fell in five games to the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL division series (NLDS) matchup.

Two years later, in 2014, the Washington Nationals ruled the NL standings once again, recording 96 regular-season victories. In the playoffs that year, the Nationals lost to the eventual World Series champion San Francisco Giants. The 2016 Nationals ended the season with 95 wins, second in the NL and tied for the third highest in franchise history.