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.
Adam LaRoche, first baseman for the Washington Nationals, comes from a baseball family. His brother Andy plays for the Toronto Blue Jays and his father was a major league pitcher.
Davey Johnson, manager of the Washington Nationals, is, at age 70, the oldest manager in major league baseball today. He started in major league baseball as a player who had a stellar career, winning three gold gloves over a 13 year career. After playing college baseball for a year, Johnson was signed in 1962 by the Baltimore Orioles. He started his professional career in the minor leagues, staying there from 1962 to 1965. In 1965, he made his major league debut, playing in 20 games for the Orioles. As a second baseman, Johnson played for four teams: Baltimore Orioles, 1965-1972; Atlanta Braves, 1973-1975; Philadelphia Phillies, 1977-1978; Chicago Cubs, 1978.