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Acta gives opinion on All-Star representative

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.        

Zimmerman trying to get out of hitting slump

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.” 

Ryan Zimmerman donates money to school

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. 

Majestic Athletic apologizes to Nationals

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.” 

Details of Ryan Zimmerman's contract

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  

Nats to hold press conference for Ryan Zimmerman

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.

Zimmerman agrees to terms with Nats

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be with the Nationals for a while, for he has agreed to a contract extension on Sunday, according to a high ranking official. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the team could make an announcement as early as Monday.

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.

Kasten and Van Wagenen did not return phone messages.

When asked if a deal was close on Friday, Zimmerman said he was not aware of any negotiations going on between his agent and Kasten. In fact, Zimmerman said he did not want to negotiate a contract extension during the season.

“Talk to Stan and Brodie — maybe they are doing something, but I’m playing baseball,” Zimmerman said. “I haven’t heard anything.”

Zimmerman is considered by many to be the Nationals’ best player. In his first full two years with Washington, the 24-year-old averaged 100.5 RBIs, but he missed 48 games last year because of a left labrum tear.

Entering Monday’s action against the Braves, Zimmerman is hitting .275 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

Acting general manager Mike Rizzo recently declined to comment on Zimmerman’s contract status, but he said that the third baseman is the face of the franchise.

“He is a vital part of the franchise, both as the face of the franchise and one of its star players,” Rizzo said.

Zimmerman close to contract extension

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is close to signing a contract extension with the Nationals, according to a baseball source. The contract would cover at least Zimmerman’s final two years of arbitration.

The source said an announcement may not be made for at least a week. Team president Stan Kasten and agent Brodie Van Wagenen have been working on a new deal for Zimmermann since March 1, the day Jim Bowden resigned as general manager.

As one person familiar with the negotiation put it, “[The two parties] are on the same page. It’s the agent that is holding it up.”

Kasten and Van Wagenen did not return phone messages.

When asked if a deal was close, Zimmerman said he was not aware of any negotiations going on between Kasten and Van Wagenen. It fact, Zimmerman said he did not want to negotiate a contract extension during the season.

“Talk to Stan and Brodie. Maybe they are doing something, but I’m playing baseball,” Zimmerman said. “I haven’t heard anything.”

Zimmerman is considered by many to be the Nationals’ best player. In his first two years with Washington, Zimmerman averaged 100.5 RBIs, but he missed 48 games last year because of a left labrum tear.

Entering Friday’s action this season, Zimmerman is hitting .243 with two home runs and eight RBIs. 

Zimmerman talks continue

Nationals team president Stan Kasten is trying hard to sign third baseman Ryan Zimmerman to an extension.

In fact, Kasten met with Zimmerman’s agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, on Tuesday morning at Space Coast Stadium.

Both Kasten and Van Wagenen said they will continue to have dialogue. The goal is to get a deal done by Opening Day. The two are expected to talk again in a few days.

‘I’m happy to have the meeting with Stan and looking forward to the new direction the team is taking.” Van Wagenen said.

Kasten found himself involved in the Zimmerman negotiations after Jim Bowden resigned as general manager of the club on Sunday. In the past, it was Bowden and assistant general manager Mike Rizzo involved in the negotiations with Van Wagenen.

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Zimmerman avoids arbitration

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one year, $3.325 million early Friday morning.

Zimmerman’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday afternoon. He was asking for $3.9 million, while Washington was countering with $2.75 million. 

Zimmerman is coming off an injury-riddled season, playing in only 106 games because of left shoulder and right hand injuries. He hit .283 with 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. 

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