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Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made history on Wednesday, becoming the first person in Nationals history to win the Gold Glove.
Zimmerman led NL third basemen in assists, total chances, total outs recorded and games started. Almost every game it seemed like Zimmerman put on a show at the hot corner — whether it was making a diving play or charging a ball to throw out a runner.
Zimmerman has been great with the glove ever since he entered the Major Leagues in September, 2005, but didn’t receive a lot of recognition until this year. Why? Zimmerman said he learned to play the position a lot better.
“I know what I need to do — when to throw the ball, when not to throw the ball. That’s something I had to learn,” he said. “I feel like anytime I touch the ball, I can get the person out. A lot of times in the past, I might go down the line, dive, backhand the ball and not have a shot at the runner.”
“I’ve learned to hold on to the ball. That’s obviously better for the team. You don’t want to try to throw it everywhere and you have a runner on second and all that. I think it’s more of an understanding of the game and learning the position a little bit more.”
While attending the University of Virginia, Ryan Zimmerman hit seven home runs.
After he was drafted by the Nationals in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, Zimmerman warned he was not a home run hitter and indicated that he was going to hit a lot doubles.
Zimmerman has hit his share of doubles in the big leagues, all right, but he was wrong about not being a home-run hitter. In fact, on Friday, Zimmerman, took a Mike Pelfrey pitch for a two-run homer, giving Washington a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
It was Zimmerman’s 30th home run of the season and the first time he has put together a 30-homer season.
“I never hit home runs until I got to the big leagues,” Zimmerman said. “I guess I saved the home runs. I don’t know. That’s how it is. I just keep working hard and get better each year.”
How does Zimmerman feel about reaching the 30-homer plateau?
“It means that I’m getting better. It’s proves that I’ve done it,” Zimmerman said. “It’s great. I’m excited and all that. It gives you a bench mark to shoot for each year. I have another reason to work even harder.”
Around 3:00 p.m. ET, on Friday, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman was seen working hard with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman on his throwing motion.
Zimmerman was seen throwing the baseball overhand instead of his usual sidearm delivery, which has caused him to make costly errors. The session lasted about 15 minutes.
“We want to maximize everything Ryan can do,” Riggleman said. “His range is probably better than anybody I’ve ever seen over at third base. … He goes and gets so many balls to his left and by the mound, but somewhere in there, he lost his feel for his arm slot on the basic play.
“The ball is not coming out of his hand as good as he knows it can and we know it can. We talked about it. We are going to get back to the basics, get his arm up and let it fly.”
Thursday was an example of how things have been going for Zimmerman with the glove. Leading off the top of the third inning, Cubs catcher Koyie Hill hit a routine ground ball to Zimmerman, who threw away the ball for a two-base error. Zimmerman threw the ball sidearm, but had problems gripping the ball.
“I want to stop [making errors] because it’s hurting the team. I don’t like the way it happens,” Zimmerman said.
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was not in the starting lineup against the Astros on Friday night because he is in North Carolina to attend the funeral of his grandmother, Ilene Zimmerman, who passed away on Wednesday. She was 82 years old.
Zimmerman is not going on the bereavement list because, according to manager Manny Acta, he will return to the team during Saturday’s game. Acta said Zimmerman will not start in that game either.
“He went to his grandmother’s funeral,” Acta said. “He is going to miss today’s game and probably tomorrow’s game. He is probably going to make it in time before [Saturday's game] is over, but he is not going to be able to start.”
In the meantime, Willie Harris started at third base in Zimmerman’s absence on Friday.
Manager Manny Acta said it is tough to decide which member of the Nationals should go to the All-Star Game in St. Louis this month.
Acta said the candidates are between shortstop Cristian Guzman and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Entering Saturday’s action, Guzman was hitting .321 with three home runs and 21 RBIs, while Zimmerman had a .295 batting average with 13 home runs and 44 RBIs.
“I think Cristian has been our most consistent hitter the whole year and I think Zimmermann also deserves a chance to go, not only because of the 30-game hitting streak. His numbers are pretty good compared with the other third basemen,” Acta said.
There is some talk in baseball circles that left-hander John Lannan should be considered, but Acta wasn’t sure. Lannan was 5-5 with a 3.45 ERA before Saturday’s game against the Braves.
“It will be tough because they only pick so many starters,” Acta said.
The month of June has not been a good one for Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Entering Tuesday’s action against the Red Sox, Zimmerman is 14-for-69 [.217] with one home run and eight RBIs.
Even worse, Zimmerman went 0-for-15 against the Blue Jays this weekend.
Manager Manny Acta said on Sunday that Zimmerman looks lost at the plate and is chasing breaking ball on the outside part of the plate.
“He is going out of the zone a little bit and [swinging at] some breaking balls that he was handling when he was hot,” Acta said. “When he was going through that [30-game hitting streak], he was just locked in.
“But he will be back into it. He works very hard with [hitting coach] Rick [Eckstein]. Right now, Ryan has to go one at-bat at a time and try not to put the slump away with one swing.”
Zimmerman seems to believe that he is not in a serious slump.”
“Three bad games out of how many? I think that’s what’s going on,” Zimmerman said. “It happens to everybody. I will enjoy the day off, I’ll come back and get back to it.”
Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman made a $250,000 contribution to the University of Virginia’s Athletics Foundation for improvements to benefit its baseball program. Zimmerman is a former All-America third baseman at Virginia.
The gift from Zimmerman is designated for an expansion project at Davenport Field, home of Virginia baseball. The project includes construction of a team meeting room, weight room, indoor batting cages, training room, a Hall of Fame area, umpires’ locker room and visiting locker room.
The project will enhance the university’s ability to secure future NCAA events. A possible second phase of the project would include additional seats and suites and would require additional private gifts to fund it.
“The school help me get to where I am now. To be able to give back is nice,” Zimmerman said.
This past Friday against the Marlins, Nationals outfielder Adam Dunn and third baseman Ryan Zimmerman were seen wearing their home uniforms with the name, Nationals, misspelled. The O was missing on the uniform. They changed jerseys with the right spelling during the middle of the game.
When the Nationals opened the boxes from Majestic Athletic earlier in the day, the team just looked at the back of the jerseys to make sure the spellings of the player’s last names were correct. The club assumed its name was correct in the front of the jerseys.
On Tuesday, Majestic Athletic apologized for the mistakes they made on the uniforms.
“All of us at Majestic Athletic want to apologize to both the Washington Nationals and Major League Baseball for accidentally omitting the ‘O’ in two Nationals jerseys last week,” said Jim Pisani, president of Majestic Athletic. “We take 100 percent responsibility for this event and we regret any embarrassment for the Nationals organization, players and fans.
“Outfitting all 30 teams and 750 players is a duty we take very seriously. Majestic has been trusted on-field for over 25 years. Based on our history, clubhouse managers expect that every new uniform from Majestic is perfect. For the Nationals, this time we did not meet this standard.”
Here are the details of Ryan Zimmerman’s new contract
2009 — $3.325 million. He also gets a $500,000 signing bonus and could get $175,000 in performance bonuses.
2010 — $6.25 million
2011 — $8.925 million
2012 — $12 million
2013 — $14 million
The Nationals will hold a press conference at 4:00 p.m. ET to announce that third baseman Ryan Zimmerman has signed a five-year, $45 million extension. Zimmerman agreed to terms on Sunday, according to a high-ranking team official.
Team president Stan Kasten and agent Brodie Van Wagenen have been working on a new deal for Zimmerman since March 1, the day Jim Bowden resigned as the club’s general manager.