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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Dodgers can't sweep Nationals after Ryan Zimmerman's three-run homer changes the game
LATimes - 5 months
The evening unraveled in an instant, the chance for a sweep disappearing in the vapor trail of Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s game-changing home run. A three-run shot against reliever Ross Stripling costing the Dodgers the lead in a 7-1 defeat in Sunday’s series finale. Stripling...
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Zimmerman's homer lifts Nationals to 2-1 win vs Padres
ABC News - 6 months
Ryan Zimmerman homered with two outs in the eighth inning to lift the NL East-leading Washington Nationals to a 2-1 victory against the San Diego Padres
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Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2
ABC News - 7 months
The Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with eight home runs, including two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, and Max Scherzer pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers
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Sports Briefing: Ryan Zimmerman Sets Nationals Home Run Record
NYTimes - 7 months
Zimmerman hit his 235th career home run, surpassing Vladimir Guerrero for the most in Expos and Nationals history, as Washington capped a sweep of the Reds.
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How a Slugger Regained His Form on the Fly
Wall Street Journal - 9 months
So far in 2017, Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has enjoyed a stunning resurgence by joining the fly-ball revolution, a growing trend that could spark a wholesale paradigm shift across the sport.
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Three injured Washington Nationals players nearing return
Fox News - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
(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 - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 - almost 2 years
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 2 years
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 2 years
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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ryan Zimmerman
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 31
    On May 15, 2016, Zimmerman hit his first career inside-the-park home run.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 28
    On July 26, 2013, Zimmerman hit his ninth career walkoff home run against the Mets.
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  • 2012
    Age 27
    Zimmerman became engaged to Heather Downen, a tech-firm sales representative, in April 2012, and they married in January 2013.
    Zimmerman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in the off-season to repair the scar tissue that had bothered him in 2012.
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    Zimmerman struggled early in the 2012 season due to shoulder pain, hitting only .218 with 3 home runs in his first 55 games.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 2010
    Age 25
    On November 11, 2010, Zimmerman won his second Silver Slugger Award at third base.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    On September 6, 2009, he hit a walk-off two-run homer against the Florida Marlins to give the Nationals a 5–4 win.
    On July 5, 2009, he was selected to his first All-Star Game.
    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.
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    On February 20, 2009, Zimmerman agreed to a $3.325 million, one-year deal for 2009, avoiding arbitration.
  • 2008
    Age 23
    He rejoined the team July 22, 2008, after a short minor league assignment.
    Zimmerman was placed on the disabled list on June 3, 2008 with a small labral tear in his left shoulder.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    On July 4, 2007, Zimmerman hit a two-out go-ahead home run in the first inning against the Chicago Cubs.
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    On June 22, 2007, Zimmerman fielded a routine ground ball that ended up in his jersey.
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    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.
  • 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.
    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Prior to 2006 Spring Training, Zimmerman changed his jersey number from #25 (2005) to #11, his former college number.
    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.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    He was the only member of the 2005 team to hit over .300 in at least 50 at-bats.
    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.
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    Zimmerman was drafted in the first round as the fourth overall pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2004
    Age 19
    He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2004.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Zimmerman established the school record of hits in a season with 90 in 2004, breaking his own record with 92 in 2005.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Born
    Born on September 28, 1984.
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