Who to root for in the Nationals’ presidents race? Fangraphs breaks it down

For everybody who ever claimed “the Nationals always lose when Teddy wins,” the baseball stat geeks over at FanGraphs have attempted to create the definitive analysis of who to root for in the Nats’ presidents race.

Nationals Racing President George Washington

If you’re Bryce Harper or Jordan Zimmerman, you should root for George Washington, according to FanGraphs

Using data compiled here at the Let Teddy Win blog, sports reporter Zachary Abate has analyzed our data beginning in 2013 — the first year after the Nats allowed Teddy Roosevelt to win, as well as the first year president William Howard Taft joined the mix.

During that time, Abraham Lincoln has won the most races, and the Nationals have won 61% of home games. After FanGraphs added run differential and player stats to the mix, Abate concludes that George Washington is the president to root for.

His reasons: The Nats win the most games and have the biggest run differential when George wins. Even more impressive: Bryce Harper also has the highest batting average and Jordan Zimmermann has the lowest ERA when George wins.

Which president is the worst for Harper? “Honest Abe” himself, Abraham Lincoln.

Bryce Harper Presidents Race stats
As for cause and effect, it’s not quite as clear. Perhaps George is more inspired by what’s happening on the field? To know for sure, FanGraphs would have to break down production before and after the 4th inning race.

But that’s the beauty of baseball. Advance presidents race stats are apparently just in their infancy.

And Teddy? Yes, it’s true. The Nats’ winning percentage is lowest when the Rough Rider wins the race, despite a positive run differential per game that’s second only to George. In other words, it seems Teddy has the worst luck.

Read the full analysis here.

Video: George Washington plows Tom, Abe, Teddy and Taft

Nationals Racing President George WashingtonWith only seven races in the books for 2013, George Washington has established himself as Nationals Park’s new 4th-inning enforcer, a role historically owned by “Honest” Abe Lincoln.

If there was any doubt before Friday night’s race, it was quickly erased soon after the racing presidents were introduced. Washington was last to emerge from the centerfield gate, but as the field raced along the warning track, George surged ahead chased down Jefferson, Lincoln, Taft, and Teddy in succession, knocking each to the ground.

After crossing the finish line, the father of our country pimped for the crowd.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington wins first presidents race in over a month

Mitt Romney take note.  A lot can change in a month.

Nationals Presidents Race George Washington Wins Teddy LosesOn August 3, George Washington held a commanding lead in the 2012 presidents race standings; but that was before Abraham Lincoln went on his trademark late summer tear. A winless month left the father of our country mired in third place, riding the second longest losing streak in presidents race history.

Alas, Teddy Roosevelt’s record remains safe for now, as the Labor Day crowd saw Washington win his first presidents race in over a month to keep the season standings tight heading into the final weeks of the season.

Tight, that is, for everybody except Teddy Roosevelt.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

George Washington fails to deliver again on Fathers Day

Nationals fans approached Fathers Day with an heightened level of excitement Sunday as the Nationals took an eight-game winning streak into their series finale vs. the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park.

What followed was a series of disappointments, from the rain that dampened the stands, to uncharacteristic lapses in pitching and defense, to yet another Fathers Day no-show by George Washington.

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day 2011Team officials have denied it for years, but it’s no secret the presidents race result has been fixed on occasion. We don’t call this blog “Let Teddy Win” for nothing.

So it’s fair to ask the question: Why has the father of our country NEVER won a presidents race on Fathers Day?

Washington Nationals Presidents Race in the rain on Fathers Day at Nationals ParkIn the middle of a rain-soaked fourth-inning Sunday at Nationals Park, it was Teddy Roosevelt who got the crowd to its feet, cutting the outfield corner and hanging onto the lead through most of a tight race, only to go off course and lose the lead at the finish.

But it was Thomas Jefferson and not George who stole the victory. After winning the previous four consecutive
races, Washington finished last.

Video courtesy of YouTube member lfahome

Presidents race on bicycles to kick off final homestand of the season

The Washington Nationals returned to town Monday night for their final homestand of the season, and while the Nationals have guaranteed their spot at the bottom of the National League East standings, the race to see who will win the 2010 presidents race crown remains tight to the finish.

Nationals Racing Presidents on BicyclesThis homestand marks the finish to Fan Appreciation Month at Nationals Park, as the team has lined up a slew of promotions and giveaways for the Nationals Park faithful who head out to see the team one last time this season.

The racing presidents did their part to kick things off with a stunt we hadn’t seen before. In Monday’s 4th inning, they made a dramatic appearance
aboard red bicycles.

The stunt was in recognition of Capital Bikeshare, a new bicycle sharing service with 110 locations throughout Washington, DC. Capital Bikeshare employees were in attendance at Nationals Park Monday night, after celebrating their inaugural ride on Sunday to launch the new service.

With just ten home games to go, George Washington kept it interesting by pulling away to take another victory, and close within three games of 2-time defending champion Abraham Lincoln in the standings.

Photos courtesy of Flickr member ddotphotos

George Washington pays tribute to The Masters

On the opening day of the Masters golf tournament, George Washington and the Nationals’ racing presidents decided to pay tribute with a little 4-man golf scramble during the 4th-inning presidents race this afternoon at Nationals Park.

Emerging from the centerfield starting gate with golf ball and club in hand, George went first, hitting the ball down the outfield warning track, then handing the club to Teddy for the second shot.

With the other presidents concentrating on golf, George seized the opportunity to bolt for the finish line, and won the race uncontested.

The Nationals’ victory today over the Phillies was not quite as easy but even more sweet. Ryan Zimmerman’s late-inning RBI double enabled the team to head to New York with a first victory under the belt.

After disastrous starts the previous two Aprils, the embarrassing outpouring of Phillies fans for Monday’s opener, and poor pitching performances in the first two games, the Nats had a major PR problem brewing; but victory cures all ills. As they hit the road, the Nats are just a game under .500, and Teddy is just one win behind the presidents race lead.

Video by YouTube member lfahome

George Washington takes down Abe Lincoln

Teddy Roosevelt’s absence didn’t prevent the Washington Nationals’ other racing presidents from engaging in some antics during Thursday night’s presidents race at Nationals Park.

With TR still out getting treatment for an injury, the three remaining presidents ran a tight race last night — that is, until they hit the home stretch. That’s when George Washington practically jumped on top of Abe Lincoln to tackle him to the ground in foul territory.

Clearly George gives revenge against Abe a higher priority than maintaining his lead over Jefferson for 2nd place in the standings.

Meanwhile, the Nationals remain mum about the treatment for Teddy’s injury, and with each absence, the rumor mill buzzes more loudly. We hear the frame that holds up Teddy’s head is broken. Let’s hope for the fans’ sake that they get him back in shape quickly — or that Teddy learns to play through the pain!

Video by YouTube member lfahome


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