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.