Franchise History for the the Washington Nationals. A franchise is a perpetual entity that exists over time as a single entity, regardless of its location. The franchise section for the Major Leagues tracks a franchise through its evolution of relocations and name changes. Outside of a change of ballpark and ownership, a relocated franchise will often retain the majority of its players and often their front office.
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Glossary: YearContext-dependent but usually self-evident. (Season, Draft Year etc)Team NameContextual to the grid but usually self-evident. Draft = Drafted team.LeagueAbbreviation or name of leagueDivisionLeague division, geographically (usually) grouping of teams within a leagueGPGames Played. Usually refers to a teamWPctWinning Percentage (W/(W+L))GBLGames behind leader. ((Team A Wins-Team B Wins) + (Team A Losses-Team B Losses))/2RankIf team context, indicates Divisional RankLgRankRank within a League. For MLB, refers to AL or NLMLBRankRank in all of Major League Baseball for the seasonRFRuns ForRARuns AgainstDiffRun Differential. RF-RAOrgMajor League Parent Organization. For college teams, might include RPI (Ratings Percentage Index)DREntered game as defensive replacementOffOffensive Lineups by GameDefDefensive Lineups by GamePitPitchesManagerManager(s) for this teamBallparkTeam or School's ballpark for the seasonPlayoffsPlayoff participation description.