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5th President! Washington Nationals Will Announce New President At NatsFest (UPDATED)

Jan 24, 2013 | Updated Jan 27, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals announced a new addition to the team via Twitter on Thursday.

The player was not scouted, nor is he expected to make an impact on the parts of the game played during innings.

The player will participate in the President's Race, joining big-head mascot versions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and loveable, no-longer a loser Teddy Roosevelt.

The Nationals will announce the addition Saturday at NatsFest at the Washington Convention Center. While the organization has offered no clues on who the new racer will be, there are a few candidates leading the pack.

The blog Let Teddy Win predicts a John F. Kennedy announcement. The 35th President made a surprise appearance during a race two years ago.

Some other promising possibilities include William Taft, William Harrison, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton.

27th President William Howard Taft -- the country's heaviest president, he reportedly got stuck in the White House bathtub -- could preach an excellent message of good eating. (A healthy eating message might also encourage Michelle Obama to attend more games.)

9th President William Henry Harrison -- who died of pneumonia just 32 days into office, after giving a long speech at his chilly inauguration -- could teach Nats fans to dress warmly. Nationals Park can get chilly, especially in October.

37th President Richard Nixon could lie to the other Presidents to get ahead in the race and inevitably lose. If he happens to win, he could simply resign from the race.

42nd President Bill Clinton could wear his own costume in the Presidents Race.

Who do you think should be the Nationals' next addition to the President's Race?

Update, 1/26/2013: And the new running chief executive has been chosen: welcome to the Nats, William Howard Taft!

Teddy Wins President's Race

Note: Thanks to the commenters who noted that we'd originally described JFK as the country's 38th president rather than the 35th. It was a typo; it's fixed!

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