No. 34: Washington Nationals

Ultimate Standings 2012

Updated: September 6, 2012, 5:41 PM ET
By Doug Mittler | ESPN The Magazine

Last year's rank: 78 Title track: 65 Ownership: 51 Coaching: 38 Players: 25 Fan relations: 53 Affordability: 40 Stadium experience: 70 Bang for the buck: 47

The Washington Nationals are polling better than any political candidate: Washington, 94th in our standings as recently as 2010, vaulted 44 spots to 34th in 2012. Nats fans recognize that owner Ted Lerner and GM Mike Rizzo have put together a potentially elite franchise, and Davey Johnson, who at 69 is MLB's oldest manager, is pushing ...

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