Ryan Zimmerman, Third Base, Washington Nationals, #11
Date of Birth: 9/28/1984
Birthplace: Washington, North Carolina
College: University of Virginia
Current Salary: $14,000,000
Nickname: The Z Man
Ryan Zimmerman, third baseman with the Washington Nationals since 2005, had a distinguished baseball record at the University of Virginia before being drafted by the Nationals. He won several national awards as a collegiate player and he had a .393 average in his last year.
In 20 games in 2005 with the Nationals, Zimmerman had a .397 batting average. The following full season, Zimmerman's average dropped to .287, but he had 20 home runs, 47 doubles and 110 RBIs. Although he hit 24 home runs and had 43 doubles in 2007, his batting average dropped further to .266.
Zimmerman improved after the 2007 season and in 2009 and 2010, he won Silver Slugger awards. In 2013, he batted .275 with 156 hits, 26 doubles, 26 home runs, and 79 RBIs in 147 games. He spent much of the 2014 season on the DL, playing in just 61 games. He finished with 60 hits, 19 doubles, and a .280 batting average. In the postseason, he had 1 hit in 4 at-bats in 4 games.
In the 2009 season, Zimmerman showed his fielding talent, making just 17 errors in 154 games. His fielding efforts that year earned him a Gold Glove.
On May 19, 2015, Zimmerman hit his tenth career walk-off home run. He hit two home runs, including his 200th career home run, in a game on September 4th. He finished the 2015 season with 86 hits, 25 doubles, 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, and a .249 batting average in 95 games. As a first baseman, he made 49 assists, 63 double plays, 726 putouts, and 4 errors in 93 games.
Zimmerman played in 115 games with the Nationals in 2016. He finished the regular season with 93 hits, 18 doubles, 15 home runs, 46 RBIs, and a career low batting average of .218. He fared much better in the postseason, batting .353 with 6 hits, including 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs in 17 at-bats in 5 games.
Batting statistics for Zimmerman for twelve seasons in the major leagues include:
- 6 seasons with over 150 hits, with a high of 178 in 2009
- 5 seasons with over 30 doubles, with a high of 47 in 2006
- 6 seasons with 20 or more home runs, with a high of 33 in 2009
- 2 seasons with over 100 RBIs, with a high of 110 in 2006
Career batting statistics for Zimmerman through 2016 include:
- 1,408 games played
- 1,505 hits
- 338 doubles
- 215 home runs
- 829 RBIs
- 1,087 strikeouts to 539 walks
- .278 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Zimmerman at third base through 2016 include:
- 1,133 games played
- 2,181 assists
- 229 double plays
- 853 putouts
- 137 errors
- .957 fielding percentage
Zimmerman started the ziMS Foundation in 2006 to aid multiple sclerosis research. His mother was diagnosed with MS in 1995. Information on the foundation is available at zimsfoundation.org.
Zimmerman and his wife Heather were married in January, 2013.