From 2014 to 2015 the Nationals increased their franchise value by over $500 million and jumped four spots in MLB valuation rankings. But over the last year, they remained at ninth in baseball with a jump of $20 million in total value.
That's according to Forbes, who released their annual list of MLB valuations on Wednesday.
Forbes also says the Nats made more money in 2015 - $293 million - than they did the year before when they pulled in $287 million. That's a small increase, but an increase nonetheless.
The Nats remain slightly ahead of the Phillies, who have ranked 10th in each of the past two years. The Nats are still behind baseball's marquee franchises like the Yankees, Dodgers and Red Sox.
Growing over half-a-billion from 2014 to 2015 was unusual and it showed how important winning can be for fan interest and the economic benefits that follow. The Phillies have been in a steady decline over the last few years, while the Nats have been increasing their value; sometimes dramatically and sometimes in much smaller increments like they did over the past year.
Click here for Forbes' full list of MLB franchise valuations
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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We are fortunate enough to live in a world where we can watch a former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback (attempt to) hit against a three-time Cy Young pitcher in a Major League Baseball preseason game.
Max Scherzer took less than a minute to strike out Tim Tebow, who was batting cleanup for the Mets in a spring training game Friday. You can watch the whole at-bat here:
It looks like Tebow and Scherzer are starting to develop a pattern - last year’s matchup between the two went down the exact same way.
Tebow was able to redeem himself later in the game with his first hit of the year against Nats prospect Erick Fedde. He will likely begin the season with the Double-A Binghamton Rumble Ponies, but Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes Tebow will eventually see some at-bats in the Majors.