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Four Ways in Which the Ryan Zimmerman Injury Isn’t So Bad for the Nats

In case you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Ryan Zimmerman’s abdominal surgery has him out until at least mid-June. Also, we killed bin Laden, even if birther-types won’t believe it until we see the photos, damn it. (I’m looking at you, Luke Scott.)

Anyhoo, the Zimmerman news is obviously bad. He’s one of the top 10 or so players in all baseball, certainly the best in D.C., and he’s the Nats’ so-called Face of the Franchise. But here are four ways it may be a good thing:

1. This year doesn’t matter. It’s all about 2012, man! Or 2013, maybe. In any event, they weren’t going to win anything in 2011. And yes, I realize they’re .500 right now. They were also above .500 until late May last year.

2. It gives someone else a chance to shine. Unfortunately, those someones appear to be Alex Cora and Jerry Hairston, who are 35 and 34 with career slash lines of .243/.310/.339 and .256/.324/.369. Cora’s brother is 1997 All-Star Joey Cora and Hairston’s dad was a Big Leaguer, though, so there’s that. Also, Mike Morse is a converted shortstop with nine career games at 3B. Not that he’s hitting anyway, but still.

3. He’s getting cheaper by the day. I feel bad writing this, but the longer Zim is out the more likely it is that the Nats can afford to re-sign him. Remember, The $300 million number was being tossed around a month ago. Considering he missed 20 games last year, 40-plus games in 2008 and who knows how many this year, Mr. Walk-Off isn’t getting $300 million.

4. Losing helps their 2012 draft standing. It was pretty awesome drafting Stephen Strasburg two years ago and then Bryce Harper last year. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have the No. 1 pick again next year?

Don’t answer that.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. JDP

    May 3, 2011 at 5:46 PM

    Losing helps 2012 draft standing but hurts 2012/13 free agent standing. It took alot to lure Werth here and Greinke wouldn’t even do it for a ton more than he’s worth. “The plan” clearly involves some degree of free agent talent and losing more hurts the Nationals’ ability to go out and get it.

  2. Jamie Mottram

    May 3, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    That’s a good point. Now I’m depressed again.

  3. Kev29

    May 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM

    When did God turn on this town and why does he hate us so much?

    Caps suck, Nats suck, Skins suck, Wizards suck, United sucks

  4. bdrube

    May 4, 2011 at 9:09 AM

    Looks like Bryce Harper is going to be the reincarnation of Frank Howard…the guy who leads the league in homers ever year for a last place team. :(

  5. Stephen

    May 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

    It does, however, suck if you have Zimmerman along with Sandoval and Rolen at 3B in your fantasy league.

  6. Beau Zeau

    May 4, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    I am tired of putting up with losing and justifying it by saying that we improved our draft position. I would love to be a Red Sox, Patriot or Steeler fan and complain every year about our lousy draft position.

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