PHOTOS: All-stars in post-move Nationals history
2005: Chad Cordero
In the team's first season back in Washington, Chad Cordero was nothing short of extraordinary. In the best season of his career, Cordero tied a major league record for saves in a month when he recorded 15 during June. He was one of two Nationals to be named an All-Star and struck out the lone batter he faced in the game, Ivan Rodriguez. "The Chief" finished the year with an MLB best 47 saves.
2005: Livan Hernandez
The journeyman pitcher was traded to the Nationals in the offseason before 2005. He won the team's first game back in the nation's capital and racked up an impressive 12 wins before the MLB's Midsummer Classic. The big righty made the NL All-Star team for his efforts, but cooled down considerably after the break, notching just three more wins the rest of the way.
2006: Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano had a new team and a new position in 2006, but he didn't let that stop him from putting up monster numbers. The small but powerful right handed hitting Soriano belted 27 homers before the 2006 game in Pittsburgh and led the league in outfield assists despite playing left field for the first time in his career. Soriano would go on to become the only player in MLB history to hit 40 homers, steal 40 bases, and have 20 assists in a single season.
2007: Dmitri Young
After Nick Johnson broke his leg late in the 2006 season, the Nationals went on a long search for a first baseman they could use during 2007. Young won the starting job in the spring and would be one the year's biggest surprises; his .340 batting average was third in the league at the time Young was selected to represent the Nationals at the All-Star game. Dmitri recorded a hit in the game and won NL Comeback Player of the year at season's end.
2008: Cristian Guzman
2008 was a banner year for Guzman: He recorded the first hit by a National at the newly opened Nationals Park, and hit .313 with 33 extra base hits before being named to his second All-Star team. Guzman also came up big during the game itself; despite having never played third base, he was inserted into the game at the hot corner and played the position beautifully. He would finish the year hitting .316, second best in his career.
2009: Ryan Zimmerman
One of the most recognizable faces of the Nationals since the team came back to town in 2005, Ryan Zimmerman started to become recognized on a national scene thanks to a great year in 2009. His pre-break stat line included a .288 batting average, 14 home runs, 22 doubles, and 52 RBI. Zim made the NL All-Star squad, and at the end of the year collected a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award to go along with it. That's a lot of trophies.
2010: Matt Capps
After inking a one year deal worth $3.5 million dollars, Matt Capps converted 16 straight saves to open the year and would notch 23 in all during the season's opening half. The leading vote-getter amongst all NL Relievers, Capps struck out David Ortiz in the 2010 All-Star Game and was the team's winning pitcher. He recorded 19 saves after the break for a grand total of 42 on the year.
2011: Tyler Clippard
Tyler Clippard's 2011 first half features numbers that keep big league hitters up at night: a microscopic 1.75 ERA, 51.1 innings pitched, 63 strikeouts and only 18 walks, and a measly opponent's batting average of .153. Clip parlayed his first half performance into his first and only All-Star bid, and pitched just as strong in the second half.
2012: Ian Desmond
The 2012 campaign in which the Nationals won the NL East title saw four players named to the All-Star game. Desmond, who hit .285 and mashed 17 home runs as a shortstop, unfortunately had to be replaced on the roster due to an oblique injury; however, he seemed to heal up just fine, and actually raised his batting average by 23 percentage points after the break.
2012: Gio Gonzalez
Gio Gonzalez's 2012 season looked a lot like Livan Hernandez's. The stud lefty had a breakout first half, tying Livo's team record for wins before the All-Star game with 12 and posting a 2.32 ERA. He made the ASG for the second time of his career and, unbelievably, improved as the year went on, dropping his ERA and leading the MLB with 21 wins.
2012: Bryce Harper
When you open up the MLB history books and turn to the page titled "Youngest position players ever to be named to an All-Star Team," Bryce Harper's name will top the list. The ultra talented outfielder burst onto the MLB stage and was named to the NL squad after Giancarlo Stanton had to bow out due to a knee injury. The accomplishment marked Harper's official arrival into the league after many, many years of hype.
2012: Stephen Strasburg
April 2012 was a month dominated by the fireballing right hander. Strasburg racked up a league best 34 K's and pitched his way to a 1.13 ERA. He didn't stop there though; Strasburg became the first pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts on June 13 and soon thereafter made the All-Star team. Nationals fans will try to focus on the amazing first half by Strasburg and attempt to forget the second half that saw him shut down in an effort to save his recently operated on right elbow.
2013: Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann took the torch passed on by Gonzalez and Strasburg and became another Nationals starting pitcher to be named an All-Star after a sterling 2013 opening half. While Zimmermann elected to sit out the game due to neck stiffness, his 2.58 ERA and 12-4 record show he would've fit right in if he was fully healthy.
2013: Bryce Harper
How did Harper top his 2012 All-Star campaign? That's a clown question, bro. Instead of merely making the NL team, Harper hit 13 homers and was named a starter for the game that took place Citi Field in New York. Harper also did double duty during the break, as he made an appearance the night before the game in the Home Run Derby, the second youngest player ever to participate (he finished second).
2014: Jordan Zimmermann
Completely healthy this time around, Jordan Zimmerman will be ready to represent the Nationals on the field at this year's All-Star game in Minnesota. Up to this point, Zimmermann has a 2.79 ERA and a 6-4 record. He and Harper are the only two Nats to be named to the NL team multiple times since 2005.