Ryan Zimmerman
American baseball player with the Washington Nationals
Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Wallace Zimmerman is a Major League Baseball third baseman with the Washington Nationals. A 6-foot 3-inch player from the University of Virginia and Kellam High School, Zimmerman has been a member of the Nationals since his debut on September 1, 2005. Zimmerman is acknowledged to be the "face" of his franchise and a team leader. He is also well-known for his clutch hitting and walkoff hits.
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Three injured Washington Nationals players nearing return
Fox News - 6 months
Today's District Daily has updates on three injured players and more on Ryan Zimmerman being the Washington Nationals' nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award.Good morningDoD readers, and welcome to today's District Daily. Get caught up on the latest Nats news and opinio...
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Nationals-Braves preview
Fox News - 6 months
ATLANTA -- Ryan Zimmerman is set to come off the Washington Nationals disabled list for Saturday night's game against the Atlanta Braves and he can do it without anything weighing on his mind.
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Baseball: League clears Howard, Zimmerman of doping wrongdoing
Yahoo News - 6 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard and Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman were cleared of wrongdoing in Major League Baseball's investigation into their possible use of performance-enhancing drugs, prompted by an Al Jazeera report. MLB announced Friday that the investigation was complete and it "did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard or Zimmerman." The Al Jazeera report, aired in a December documentary, claimed that Howard and Zimmerman were among the athletes who allegedly received shipments of performance-enhancing drugs.
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Zimmerman, Murphy Homer to Back Ross in Nationals' 7-5 Win
NYTimes - 8 months
Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer and Daniel Murphy homered and drove in three runs to help the Washington Nationals to a 7-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
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Baseball-Highlights of Wednesday's MLB games
Yahoo News - 9 months
Highlights of Wednesday's Major League Baseball games: Nationals 11, White Sox 4 Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Drew, Danny Espinosa and Jayson Werth belted home runs, and right-hander Max Scherzer pitched seven scoreless innings as the Washington Nationals ruined the White Sox debut of James Shields with an 11-4 victory over Chicago on Wednesday night. Shields (2-8) managed only six outs in 84 pitches.
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Nationals first baseman Zimmerman denies doping allegations
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on Tuesday denied doping allegations raised against him in an Al-Jazeera America documentary in December. Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard both filed defamation lawsuits against the broadcaster, but Zimmerman's comments at spring training in Viera, Florida, marked his first public reaction on the matter. In the documentary, Charles Sly, identified as a former pharmacy intern at an Indiana anti-ageing clinic, said he provided Zimmerman and others with Delta-2, a pro-hormone banned by Major League Baseball.
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Nats' Zimmerman Denies Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs
NYTimes - about 1 year
Even after a decade in the majors, Ryan Zimmerman knows that one report saying he took performance-enhancing drugs could tarnish his reputation.
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MLB infielders Zimmerman, Howard file suits against Al Jazeera
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals and Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies filed defamation lawsuits against Al Jazeera America for linking them in a report to performance-enhancing drugs. "Mr Zimmerman has suffered reputational harm that has affected and will continue to affect him in his main profession -- as a professional baseball player -- as well as in future sponsorship and other business opportunities and in charitable pursuits," Zimmerman's lawyers wrote in the court documents.
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Baseball's Zimmerman, Howard sue Al Jazeera over doping report
Reuters.com - about 1 year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies' Ryan Howard sued the Al Jazeera America television network for defamation on Tuesday over a report that the Major League Baseball players used a performance-enhancing drug.
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MLB's Ryan Zimmerman sues Al Jazeera over doping report
Reuters.com - about 1 year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman sued the Al Jazeera television network for defamation on Tuesday over a report that he used a performance-enhancing drug.
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Watch The Documentary Linking Peyton Manning, Other NFL Stars To A Doping Ring
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A new investigation alleging that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and other star athletes used performance-enhancing drugs has rocked the sports world. Al Jazeera began broadcasting the documentary below, titled "The Dark Side," this week and has also made the full version available online.  British hurdler Liam Collins went undercover for the news network, following several pharmacists and doctors involved in supplying and prescribing steroids to professional athletes. The investigation focuses on Charlie Sly, a pharmacist who reportedly worked at The Guyer Institute of Molecular Medicine, an Indianapolis anti-aging clinic where Manning received treatment after an injury in 2011. Sly claims in the documentary that the clinic provided Manning with human growth hormone by prescribing it under his wife Ashley's name. “All the time, we would be sending Ashley Manning drugs,” he says. “Like growth hormone, all the time, everywhere, Florida. And it woul ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Zimmerman
  • 2016
    Age 31
    On May 15, 2016, Zimmerman hit his first career inside-the-park home run.
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    On January 5, 2016, it was announced that Zimmerman had filed a lawsuit suing Al Jazeera for defamation following the publication's release of the documentary "The Dark Side: Secrets of the Sports Dopers", which linked Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, among others, to a clinic that allegedly distributed steroids and HGH.
    More Details Hide Details Howard also filed suit against Al Jazeera for defamation.
  • 2015
    Age 30
    On May 19, 2015, Zimmerman hit his 10th career walk-off home run, ranking him third all time in National League walk-off home runs.
    More Details Hide Details On September 4, Zimmerman hit two home runs in a game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the second of which was his 200th career home run.
    After the season, the Nationals declined the option of first baseman Adam LaRoche, indicating Zimmerman would permanently move to first base in 2015 due to his many shoulder injuries.
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  • 2013
    Age 28
    On July 26, 2013, Zimmerman hit his ninth career walkoff home run against the Mets.
    More Details Hide Details He completed the season batting .275 with 26 home runs, 79 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases over a total of 147 games played. After returning from an injury and with Anthony Rendon playing well at third base, Zimmerman played left field for the Nationals. On June 24, three weeks after returning, Zimmerman hit a 2 RBI home run in the 16th inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. Zimmerman, playing left field, caught the final out to what as at the time the longest game by innings in Nationals history.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    Zimmerman became engaged to Heather Downen, a tech-firm sales representative, in April 2012, and they married in January 2013.
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    Zimmerman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in the off-season to repair the scar tissue that had bothered him in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details He spent much of the winter rehabilitating it to get ready for the season, although his doctors estimate he may not regain full strength in it until June. On May 29 Zimmerman had first three home run game as the Nationals lost to the Orioles 9-6.
    Zimmerman struggled early in the 2012 season due to shoulder pain, hitting only .218 with 3 home runs in his first 55 games.
    More Details Hide Details He received a cortisone injection on June 24 to mitigate the pain, with apparent results: in his next 25 games, he hit .392 with 11 home runs and 28 RBI. He brought his OPS up from .590 to .801. For his much-improved performance by mid-July, Zimmerman was awarded the NL Player of the Week.
    Zimmerman will earn $12 million in 2012, $84 million from 2013 to 2018 at $14 million annually, $18 million in 2019, and either $18 million if the Nationals pick up his option, or $2 million if they buy him out.
    More Details Hide Details After he retires, he will earn $10 million more over the course of 5 years while working for the club. If the Nationals trade him before his no-trade clause takes effect, he will earn an additional $8 million. Zimmerman could make as little as $126 million, or as much as $150 million. On April 28, the Nationals placed Zimmerman on the 15-day Disabled List with shoulder inflammation, retroactive to April 21. He returned May 6.
    On 26 February 2012, Zimmerman signed a 6-year, $100 million extension that runs through 2019 and includes a $24 million club option for 2020.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman is now the third highest-paid third baseman in MLB history, behind only Alex Rodriguez. His extension also includes a full no-trade clause, effective 2014. Zimmerman had previously set a deadline of the day before to sign an extension.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    On August 19, 2011, Zimmerman hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Nationals an 8–4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.
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  • 2010
    Age 25
    On November 11, 2010, Zimmerman won his second Silver Slugger Award at third base.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman started off the season hot batting .357 through April 9. On that day Zimmerman was injured, and on April 11 was placed on the 15-Day DL with an abdominal strain. It wasn't until June 14 that the Nationals star 3rd baseman came back to play against the Cardinals. As of July 9, Zimmerman is hitting .252, with 4 homers and 15 RBIs, with 15 runs scored and 1 stolen base.
    Zimmerman hit his 100th career home run on May 30, 2010 at Petco Park, he became the second player to reach this milestone in the '05 draft class.
    More Details Hide Details He would later homer again to have his 7th multi-homer game of his career. Zimmerman hit 25 home runs, 85 RBIs, and had his first .300 batting average with .307.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    On November 11, 2009, he won a Gold Glove Award as the best defensive third baseman in the National League, and on November 12, 2009 he won a Silver Slugger Award as the best offensive third baseman in the league.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman also won a Fielding Bible Award as Major League Baseball's best fielding third baseman. He also won the ESPN WEB Gem Award, which is given to the player with the most Top 10 plays on SportsCenter. He was the first player given the award and as of this year, the only player.
    On September 6, 2009, he hit a walk-off two-run homer against the Florida Marlins to give the Nationals a 5–4 win.
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    On July 5, 2009, he was selected to his first All-Star Game.
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    On April 20, 2009, Zimmerman signed a five-year, $45 million contract with the Nationals through the 2013 season, replacing the one year, $3.325 million contract he had agreed to in February in order to avoid arbitration.
    More Details Hide Details He hit safely in 30 consecutive games, the longest such streak by any player since 2006. That streak was broken May 13 against the Giants, going 0-for-3 with two walks in five plate appearances; he hit into a fielder's choice in his last at-bat. His streak of reaching base (via hit or walk) in 43 consecutive games ended on May 26.
    On February 20, 2009, Zimmerman agreed to a $3.325 million, one-year deal for 2009, avoiding arbitration.
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  • 2008
    Age 23
    He rejoined the team July 22, 2008, after a short minor league assignment.
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    Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list on June 3, 2008 with a small labral tear in his left shoulder.
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  • 2007
    Age 22
    On August 4, 2007, Zimmerman had his first career multi-homer day, hitting a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run homer in the sixth in a 12–1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details On March 30, the Washington Nationals played the Atlanta Braves in the first regular season major league baseball game in the new Nationals Park. In that game, with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Zimmerman hit a walk-off home run off of the Braves' Peter Moylan, giving the Nationals a 3–2 win. It was the first home run hit by a Nationals player in the history of their new ballpark.
    On August 3, 2007, Zimmerman delivered his sixth walk-off game-winner in his first two seasons with a single to left, giving the Nationals a 3–2 win over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details With another walk-off in September, Zimmerman produced seven walk-offs with three via home run, three via singles, and one via bases-loaded walk, in less than two seasons. Manager Manny Acta stated, "He has done some dramatic stuff since he's been up here…he doesn't get rattled when that situation comes up, and I think that's what he has shown here the last two years." Subsequent to the game, Zimmerman was presented the 2006 Larry Doby Legacy Award for his achievements during his rookie season.
    On July 4, 2007, Zimmerman hit a two-out go-ahead home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs.
    More Details Hide Details The one-run home run would have been considered routine had it not continued a trend that led to Zimmerman being declared a "human fireworks" show by an ESPN.com article. The Independence Day home run marked Zimmerman's fifth game-ending or go-ahead home run on a holiday. Zimmerman hit home runs on Father's Day in 2006 and 2007, Independence Day in 2006 and 2007, and Mother's Day in 2007. Per ESPN.com, Zimmerman was quoted as saying, "I wish every day was a holiday."
    On June 22, 2007, Zimmerman fielded a routine ground ball that ended up in his jersey.
    More Details Hide Details As he bent over to underhand the ball at his stomach level, his jersey top opened and hung down in front of his glove, causing the ball to go into his jersey instead of his positioned glove.
    On a game that began on May 12, 2007, but ended at 1:42 am the next day (Mother's Day), Zimmerman hit a two-out bottom-of-the-ninth grand slam to rally the Nationals past the Florida Marlins, 7–3.
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  • 2006
    Age 21
    Although he was named on more ballots (29–27), Zimmerman finished second in the 2006 NL Rookie of the Year voting to Florida Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramírez in the closest Rookie Of the Year vote ever.
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    Along with those two figures, he finished the 2006 season with 156 games played, 612 at-bats, .288 batting average, .352 OBP, 84 runs scored, 176 hits, 47 doubles, 3 triples, and 11 steals.
    More Details Hide Details He led all Major Leaguers with 10 or more bunts in bunt hit percentage, at 83.3% with 10 bunt hits.
    During the 2006 spring training, Frank Robinson said that he thought 12 homers and 60 RBIs would be a realistic goal for his rookie infielder; Zimmerman exceeded those expectations and finished with 20 home runs and 110 RBIs.
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    On September 27, 2006, against the Philadelphia Phillies, Zimmerman hit his 20th home run of the season and tied the Expos/Nationals franchise record for home runs by a rookie; in 2002, Brad Wilkerson hit 20 home runs for the Montreal Expos.
    More Details Hide Details During his first season as the Nationals' third baseman, Zimmerman became a hometown hero and a fan favorite through his defense and ability to come through in late-inning situations. Frank Robinson once compared Zimmerman's defense to that of Brooks Robinson, a former teammate of Frank Robinson's.
    On July 4, 2006, he hit a 3-run home run against Florida closer Joe Borowski on a two-strike pitch with two outs in the 9th inning of a game Washington was losing 4–3; the walk-off home run carried Washington to a 6–4 victory.
    More Details Hide Details This was Zimmerman's 12th career home run and his second walk-off. Two days later he delivered a walk-off single against the Marlins to win the game 8–7 in the 11th inning.
    On June 18, 2006, Father's Day, with his father in the stands, Zimmerman hit his tenth Major League home run and his first walk-off home run when he hit a 2-run shot in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the New York Yankees 3–2.
    More Details Hide Details The usually stoic Zimmerman gleefully tossed his batting helmet in the air while rounding third and leaped onto home plate as his teammates crowded around him. He later took a curtain call and tossed his batting gloves into the stands.
    On April 5, 2006, he hit his first Major League home run off a 93-mph fastball in the ninth inning against Mets' closer Billy Wagner.
    More Details Hide Details It sailed into the second deck in Shea Stadium, tied the game in the top of the ninth inning, and allowed the Nationals to go on to win their first game of the 2006 season by a score of 9–5 in extra innings.
    Prior to 2006 Spring Training, Zimmerman changed his jersey number from #25 (2005) to #11, his former college number.
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    He remained with the Major League club to start the 2006 campaign, taking over third base duties from Castilla, who was traded to the San Diego Padres.
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  • 2005
    Age 20
    He was the only member of the 2005 team to hit over .300 in at least 50 at-bats.
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    Zimmerman was called up to the majors when rosters expanded in September 2005, and shared third base duties with Vinny Castilla, taking over the position on a more permanent basis between the time the Nationals were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention and the end of the season.
    More Details Hide Details In his first major league at bat at RFK Stadium he muscled a double to right center. Over the course of 20 games, he posted a .397 batting average, 10 doubles, and 6 RBIs in 58 at-bats.
    Zimmerman was drafted in the first round as the fourth overall pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
    More Details Hide Details After being signed on the day he was drafted, he was sent to the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Nationals' minor league A-level affiliate and then quickly moved up to the Harrisburg Senators, the AA affiliate.
  • 2004
    Age 19
    He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman also played on the same AAU team as B.J. Upton and David Wright.
    Zimmerman started at third base for the 2004 USA Baseball National Team that won the gold medal in the FISU II World University Baseball Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman's summer with Team USA included starting 18 of 24 games and leading the team in batting average (.468), hits (36), RBI (27), runs (25), doubles (12), home runs (4), slugging percentage (.805) and total bases (62). He also posted a .933 fielding percentage and won the team Triple Crown. In his sophomore year in college he batted over .400 in the 9th inning with 2 runners on base. Zimmerman's .468 batting average set a national team single-season record and was a factor in his earning the World University Championship tournament MVP.
    He was also a 2004 First Team All-ACC selection, 2004 VaSID All-State Team selection and named to the 2004 Charlottesville NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team.
    More Details Hide Details Zimmerman played alongside current Colorado Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds.
    Zimmerman established the school record of hits in a season with 90 in 2004, breaking his own record with 92 in 2005.
    More Details Hide Details In his final collegiate season, Zimmerman led the Cavaliers with a .393 average, .581 slugging percentage, 136 total bases, 92 hits, 59 RBIs, and 51 runs. He coupled his high batting average with striking out just 14 times in the full season. Through August 2011, he was one of 29 former UVA players to have made it to the major leagues, along with among others former Cavaliers Michael Schwimer, Javier López, and Mark Reynolds. Zimmerman's collegiate awards and honors include 2005 All-American by Baseball America, 2005 All-American by National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, 2005 All-ACC selection, 2005 ACC All-Tournament Team and 2005 Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID) Player of the Year.
  • 1984
    Born on September 28, 1984.
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