Jul 20

Fan Favorite Chad Cordero to throw out first pitch

In honorcordero of Chad Cordero throwing out the first pitch before this evening’s game between the Atlanta Braves and division leading Washington Nationals I thought I would post a couple stories from our archives and one from Marty Niland who posted a wonderful story about The Chief at MASN’s Nats Buzz..

Chad Cordero Memories

Few Washington Nationals fans will forget the wonders of June 2005 when the infant Nationals, in their inaugural season since baseball inexplicably allowed the national pastime to depart the nation’s capital, rocketed to first place in the National League East with a 47-31 record. The Nationals completed their dream month with 20 wins in 26 …

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Former Nats Fireman Cordero Retires from Baseball


Former Nats closer, Chad Cordero announced his retirement yesterday. For most Nationals fans Cordero was known as the Chief and he was the charismatic closer for the Expos/Nats from 2003 to 2008. The Chief was always one of the most popular players when he was with the Washington Nationals. During his days in Washington, Cordero …

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Hail to “The Chief” and Cordero’s return for first-pitch ceremony

By Marty Niland

For fans who have followed the Nationals since they moved from Montreal, it’s not hard to forget the last time they were in first place this late in the season – that wonderful summer when baseball returned to the nation’s capital in 2005. A big part of that success will be at Nationals Park tonight to throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the opening … read more

D.C. Baseball Single-Season Pitching Records

Top 10 Single Seasons – Saves
Name SV Year Team League
1 Chad Cordero 47 2005 Nationals National
2 Drew Storen 43 2011 Nationals National
3 Chad Cordero 37 2007 Nationals National
4 Ron Kline 29 1965 Senators American
5 Chad Cordero 29 2006 Nationals National
6 Darold Knowles 27 1970 Senators American
7 Matt Capps 26 2010 Nationals National
8 Ron Kline 23 1966 Senators American
9 Firpo Marberry 22 1926 Senators American
10 Mike MacDougal 20 2009 Nationals National

D.C. Baseball All-Time Pitching Records

Number of Saves
1 Chad Cordero 113
2 Firpo Marberry 96
3 Ron Kline 83
4 Darold Knowles 60
5 Drew Storen 48
6 Walter Johnson 34
7 Tex Clevenger 29
8 Dennis Higgins 29
9 Garland Braxton 28
10 Matt Capps 26