There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the Oakland A’s and Washington Nationals.
And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, you’re in the right place.
I’ve done some research and have found players who played on both the Athletics and Nationals.
Sean Doolittle is a pitcher perhaps best known for his time with the Washington Nationals in Major League Baseball from 2017 to 2020, during which he played a key role as a reliever for the team.
He helped the Nationals win their first World Series championship in 2019. However, his career began with the Oakland Athletics, where he spent five seasons as a standout reliever, earning an All-Star nod in 2014.
Doolittle’s ability to generate strikeouts, combined with his low walk rate, made him a valuable asset in high-leverage situations.
*Doolittle was previously the most popular player for this square (Grid 124)
Doolittle Key Stats
- All-Star (Athletics, Nationals)
- World Series Champion (Nationals)
Jon Lester was a powerhouse pitcher in baseball from 2006 until 2021. He’s thrown for the Red Sox, Cubs, Nationals, Cardinals and Athletics. Lester was a part of the Red Sox’s World Series wins in ’07 and ’13, and also helped the Cubs break their 108-year championship drought in 2016.
He finished his career with exactly 200 wins and struck out more than 2,400 batters. Lester was also a 5-time All-Star and NLCS MVP.
Tim Raines, who played from 1979 to 2002, is best known for his time as an outfielder with the Montreal Expos. Raines had an exceptional career, amassing over 2,600 hits, 170 home runs, and an impressive 808 stolen bases, ranking him fifth on the all-time list.
He was a seven-time All-Star (Expos) and won two World Series titles with the New York Yankees. Raines’ best season might have been 1983 when he hit .298, stole 90 bases, and had an on-base percentage of .393. Known for his speed and ability to get on base, Raines was one of the best leadoff hitters of his era.
His contributions to the game were recognized with his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2017.
Bartolo Colon, affectionately known as “Big Sexy”, was a fixture on the mound in baseball from 1997 until 2018. He played for a whole bunch of teams (11), which makes him an extremely versatile player for the Immaculate Grid.
Colon’s career stops included the Indians (now Guardians), Dodgers, Mets, Athletics, White Sox, Twins, Braves, Red Sox, Rangers, Montreal Expos and Yankees.
Colon was a 4-time All-Star and even bagged a Cy Young Award in 2005. He had over 240 wins and more than 2,500 strikeouts.
Ted Lilly pitched for 6 different clubs in his 15-year career, including the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees, Blue Jays, A’s and Expos.
Lilly was a consistent performer on the mound, racking up over 130 wins and more than 1,600 strikeouts in his career. His ability to mix pitches and locations made him a tough matchup for hitters.
He was a two-time All-Star and his reliability made him a mainstay in Major League rotations for over a decade and possibly one of the greatest #2 pitchers of all time.
Matt Stairs had a lengthy Major League career that spanned from 1992 to 2011, during which he played for 12 different teams, essentially making him an Immaculate Grid Hall-of-Famer.
Known for his power-hitting abilities, primarily as a pinch-hitter, he hit 265 home runs over his career and holds the record for the most pinch-hit home runs in MLB history with 23. Stairs had a career batting average of .262 with an OPS of .832, and recorded 899 RBIs.
Notably, in the 2008 postseason with the Philadelphia Phillies, he hit one of the most famous home runs in Phillies history, helping the team move onto the World Series that year.
Dan Haren, an effective right-handed pitcher, played from 2003 to 2015 in the Major Leagues. He was a part of eight different organizations, with substantial time spent with the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Los Angeles Angels.
A three-time All-Star (A’s, Diamondbacks), Haren had a career that featured both durability and consistency, pitching over 200 innings in seven separate seasons.
He had a career 153-131 win-loss record, a solid 3.75 ERA, and an impressive 2013 strikeouts. Known for his control, Haren consistently ranked among the league leaders in strikeout-to-walk ratio.