A Golden Celebration

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Ryan Zimmerman has put together a tremendous 2012 campaign, posting a .327/.391/.590 line with 24 doubles, 21 home runs and 72 RBI in just 85 games since June 24. But his defense will always be his trademark, as he has delivered another Gold Glove-worthy season in the field. In honor of the third baseman’s 28th birthday, we’ve compiled our 10 favorite defensive moments from Zim this season. Enjoy them all again and vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the post.

4/15 vs. CIN: Stick the Landing

Zim snags this bunt attempt out of mid-air on a headlong dive.

5/11 @ CIN: Substance Over Style

Zim knocks down the grounder to third, then traps Brandon Phillips off third and applies the tag as the runner tries to leap back over him.

5/19 vs. BAL: Learn the Hard Way

Zim ranges to the hole, spins and throws home to gun down J.J. Hardy trying to score from third.

7/7 vs. COL: Jump Stop

Watch Zim go into foul ground, spin and throw for a force at second base, all in one motion.

7/21 vs. ATL: Sorry Blue

With runners at the corners, the Nats go 3-2-5 for the double play, with Zim taking out the home plate umpire after tagging Prado coming home.

7/23 @ NYM, Bare-ly Got Him

On a slow dribbler, Zim charges, barehands the ball, throws from an awkward angle and nabs Valdespin at first base.

8/3 vs. MIA: Fish Fry

Charging into foul territory, Zim throws a strike across his body to LaRoche at first.

8/17 vs. NYM: Too Fast for Torres

Zim ranges to his backhand and throws across his body, beating the speedy Torres to first.

8/22 vs. ATL: Chopped

Zimmerman charges Tyler Pastornicky’s chopper off the plate, transfers the ball in one motion and fires to first in time for the out.

9/19 vs. LAD: Tumble and Tag

This heads up play by Zimmerman ended the inning and should have saved the Nats a run.

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