- - Thursday, September 6, 2018

Former Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will be honored Saturday before Washington hosts the Chicago Cubs in a rematch of last year’s NLDS.

Werth will be inducted into the Nationals Ring of Honor as part of Jayson Werth Appreciation Day at Nationals Park.

A native of Springfield, Illinois, he was a first-round draft pick out of high school by the Baltimore Orioles in 1997. He played in Frederick and Bowie in the Orioles system on his way up the minor league ladder before he was traded to Toronto.

Werth was eventually part of a World Series winner with the Phillies in 2008 and then signed a multi-year deal with the Nationals prior to the 2011 season.

His contract with the Nationals ran out after last year. He helped Washington to its first division title in 2012 and hit

the most famous homer in franchise history, winning Game 4 against the Cardinals in the 2012 NLDS with a walk-off shot. He was also part of NL East titles in 2014, 2016 and 2017 with the Nationals.

Werth hit 229 big league homers and had an average of .267. He also played with the Blue Jays and Dodgers before going to the Phillies.

Werth lives in Northern Virginia and retired earlier this year after signing a minor league contract with Seattle.

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