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Zim wins first Gold Glove

090409-171 ryan zimmerman.JPGWashington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman today was named the recipient of the 2009 National League Rawlings Gold Glove for third basemen. The defensive citation is the first of Zimmerman’s career.

 

“Winning the Rawlings Gold Glove has always been important to me, as I take a lot of pride in my defense,” Zimmerman said. “When I was drafted by the Nationals, I was known as a defensive player first and there was a belief that my bat would mature with time and experience. But the core of my game has always been defense, so today is a special day.”

 

Zimmerman led all National League third basemen this season in total chances (MLB-best 459), assists (MLB-high 325), range factor per game (2.97) and games started (153). At 18.1, Zimmerman also paced NL third basemen in Ultimate Zone Rating, a figure that blends the number of runs above or below average a fielder is in three categories: range runs, double play runs and error runs combined. Zimmerman’s 18.1 rating ranked third in baseball among ALL position players at any of the nine positions.

 

Last month, ESPN named Zimmerman as its 2009 Web Gem Champion after he amassed 19 Web Gems and 61 Web Gem points during the 2009 campaign.

 

Zimmerman is only the second Washington-based Big Leaguer to earn a Rawlings Gold Glove. Senators catcher Earl Battey earned the first of his three career Gold Gloves in 1960, his lone season in Washington. Rawlings established the Gold Glove in 1957 to reward defensive excellence.

Ryan Zimmerman: Web Gem Wizard


 
zim diving c.jpgAfter playing a stunning season at third base, Ryan Zimmerman’s defensive prowess and acrobatic grace were rewarded when he was named the first ever ESPN Web Gem Champion. For those who have never watched Baseball Tonight, a Web Gem is an honor bestowed on the five greatest defensive plays of each night. As we’ve tracked at various times in this blog, Zimmerman has collected the most Web Gems (19) and Web Gem points (61) this season (points are on a scale of 1-5 with five going to the No. 1 Web Gem and one going to the No. 5 Web Gem). He also led the Nationals to victory in team Web Gem points. Zimmerman is in some good company at the top of the leaderboard. Former Virginia teammate Mark Reynolds finished behind him with 53 points.

Some interesting facts about the 2009 Web Gems, from Buster Olney’s blog on ESPN.com:

-          309 different players made at least one Web Gem in 2009

-          Every team made at least 15 Web Gems this season

-          A total of 776 Web Gems and 2,357 Web Gem Points were awarded


 
zim defense c.jpgWinning this award has confirmed to Nationals fans what we have already known all along: Zimmerman is good at the hot corner. Baseball Info Solutions, a statistic tracking company that charted every defensive play in 2009, ranked him second in the Majors in “Good Fielding Plays” behind Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols. We can also measure his success using the Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR). UZR measures the number of runs above or below average a fielder is in both range runs, outfield arm runs, double play runs and error runs combined. UZR/150 measures his UZR over 150 defensive innings played. This year, Zimmerman had a UZR/150 of 14.1 which is tops in the National League for third basemen (Kevin Kouzmanoff of the Padres is second at 7.5). Just for comparison’s sake, Zimmerman’s counterpart on the Mets–David Wright–ranks last in qualifying third basemen with a UZR/150 of -10.1.

Congratulations, Ryan! We look forward to hearing your name when they announce the Gold Glove Awards later this year.

Below is the final Web Gem Leaderboard:

Web Gem points leaderboard

Ryan Zimmerman

61

Mark Reynolds

53

Jack Wilson

37

Brandon Inge

37

 

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (players)

Ryan Zimmerman

Washington

Third base

19

Brandon Inge

Detroit

Third base

13

Mark Reynolds

Arizona

Third base

13

David Wright

New York Mets

Third base

10

Jack Wilson

Pittsburgh-Seattle

Shortstop

9

 

Web Gem points leaderboard (teams)

Washington

141

Pittsburgh

133

Cincinnati

115

 

News and Notes…

The Golden Glove:

 


 
zimmerman is amazing c.jpgRyan Zimmerman has been golden at the hot corner.
Zimmerman ranks among MLB leaders (min. 100 games) in total chances (MLB-best 389), total chances per 9.0 innings (MLB-best 3.20), assists (MLB-best 272), putouts (NL-best 102), range factor per 9.0 innings (MLB-best 3.08) and innings played (NL-best, 1093.2). Not to mention the number of Web Gems…

 

This season, “Baseball Tonight” has been tracking Web Gems and keeping score. They update the leaderboard on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page each Monday. In addition to listing the leaders in appearances (both players and teams) on “Baseball Tonight,” they offer up the leaders in Web Gem points.

Web Gem points are calculated by awarding five points for the night’s top defensive play, four points for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Scoring is based on the Web Gems from the last “Baseball Tonight” show to air on a given night.

 

Web Gem points leaderboard

Ryan Zimmerman

40

Jack Wilson

37

Brandon Inge

34

Mark Reynolds

31

Carlos Gomez

27

Jacoby Ellsbury

27

Cristian Guzman

25

 

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (players)

Ryan Zimmerman

Washington

Third base

13

Brandon Inge

Detroit

Third base

11

Jack Wilson

Pittsburgh-Seattle

Shortstop

9

David Wright

New York Mets

Third base

9

Mark Reynolds

Arizona

Third base

8

Three tied

7

 

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (teams)

Pittsburgh

34

Washington

32

Cincinnati

30

Philadelphia

29

Minnesota

27

Zimmerman has also been consistantly strong at the plate this season. The Baseball Tonight Clubhouse also notes that:

Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman was the talk of baseball when he put together a 30-game hit streak earlier this season, but after that streak ended in San Francisco, Zimmerman continued hitting and has quietly put together a career season.

Zimmerman is hitting .299 and slugging .528 with a .373 OBP entering Monday — all have the 24-year-old on pace for career highs. His 27 home runs represent a new career high, and are almost double his output from a season ago, when he struggled with injuries and played only 106 games.

Zimmerman hits to all fields. He goes to the opposite field much better than most right-handed batters, with a batting average more than 50 points higher than the league average and a slugging percentage nearly 300 points higher.

Zimmerman and the Nationals head to San Diego to start a three-game series on Monday with the Padres. Padres pitchers have held opposing right-handed batters to a .227 batting average (third-lowest in the majors) and a .325 slugging percentage (fourth lowest) to right field.  

 

Ryan Zimmerman
Hitting by field (2009)

Zimmerman

MLB avg.

BA

SLG

BA

SLG

Left field

.382

.713

.354

.648

Center field

.438

.551

.348

.439

Right field

.318

.667

.263

.390

 

Nats Trade Belliard to Dodgers:

Three years ago today, the Dodgers acquired OF Marlon Anderson from the Nationals for RHP Jhonny Nunez. It went unnoticed to most people then and now has been forgotten by almost everyone but the trade yesterday that sent INF Ronnie Belliard to the Dodgers for Minor League pitcher Luis Garcia and a player to be named later gave us some time to remember it.

 (Brief history of the trade for those who forgot about it or never knew it happened: Anderson was batting .274 with five home runs and 23 RBI and a .331 on-base percentage in 109 games with the Nats. Then Anderson joined the Dodgers and his numbers sky rocketed. He batted .375 with seven home runs and 15 RBI and a .431 on-base percentage in 25 games. On September 18th, the Dodgers sat a half game behind the NL West leading Padres. In the final game of the four game series against the Padres, Anderson went 5-for-5 with two home runs, three runs and two RBI and the Dodgers won a dramatic 11-10 game in 10 innings. They went on to win 9 of the last 12 games to win the wild card. He couldn’t quite propel the Dodgers past the Mets in the NLDS but he batted .308 (4-for-13) with an RBI before the Mets swept them in three games. Nunez was shipped to the Yankees on July, 31 2008 in return for Alberto Gonzalez. It worked out for both clubs.)


belliard.jpg 
The Dodgers are trying to recapture the Marlon Anderson magic with Belliard. The 34-year-old Belliard hit .246 (46-for-187) with five home runs and 22 RBI in 86 games for the Nationals in 2009. He adds depth to the Dodgers bench and is a 12-year veteran who won a World Series with St. Louis in 2006. Belliard won’t get many starts but is a utility player that could give a few players a day off: Orlando Hudson at second base, James Loney at first base and Casey Blake at third base.

Garcia, 22, is currently 5-3 with five saves and a 2.92 ERA (23 ER/71.0 IP) in 34 appearances with Great Lakes of the Single-A Midwest League. He shows plus command, as he has walked just 15 in 71.0 innings (1.9 per 9.0 innings) en route to a 3.7/1 strikeout-to-walk and 1.8/1 ground out-to-air out ratios. In 16 appearances since the All-Star break, Garcia has registered a .220 batting average against (26-for-118).

In five-plus professional seasons, the 6-foot-2 Garcia is 14-7 with 14 saves and a 3.38 ERA (73 ER/194.2 IP) in 97 games. His career batting average against is .230 (168-for-732).

News that is still noteworthy:

The Nats lineup took a devastating blow on Thursday when Nyjer Morgan fractured his left hand sliding into third. Morgan was batting .307 with 42 stolen bases for the season, but since being acquired by Washington on June 30, he hit .351 with nine doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBI and 24 stolen bags. Morgan’s speed and unrivaled range in center field also stabilized the Nationals’ outfield defense as a whole.

 The Nats selected the contract of 30-year-old infielder Pete Orr from Syracuse to replace Morgan on the roster. On Saturday, he had the first four hit performance of his career.

“I feel good,” Orr said. “I’m just trying to stick with what I was doing down there and try to have good at-bats, see a few pitches and deal with what I got instead of trying to make something happen. I’m having fun playing, and that’s the most important thing. I think when I have fun, I do better.”

Orr was batting .245 with 13 doubles, five triples, nine home runs, 50 RBI and 18 stolen bases in 120 International League contests for Syracuse. Orr earned the promotion by hitting .297 with three homers and 17 RBI in 26 games during August for the Chiefs.

Orr is a career .261 (116-for-444) hitter with 14 doubles, two home runs, 25 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 320 Big League games with Washington (2008) and Atlanta (2005-07). He has twice represented Canada in the World Baseball Classic.

Maxwell recalled:


maxwell c.jpgThe Nats recalled outfielder Justin Maxwell from Syracuse today.

 

Maxwell, 25, returns for the third stint with the Nationals this season. To date, Maxwell has played in 13 games for the Nationals, going 3-for-24 (.125) with one RBI and three stolen bases. He is a career .200 (10-for-50) hitter at the Big League level with two home runs and six RBI in 28 games.

 

In 111 games with Syracuse this season, Maxwell hit .242 (93-for-384) with 10 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs, 42 RBI, 54 walks and 35 stolen bases. He is considered an excellent defensive outfielder with well-above-average range and arm strength. On May 23 at Nationals Park, Maxwell made perhaps the finest catch in the history of the Nationals as he tracked a long drive over 60 yards into right-center field, leapt and reached over the wall to rob Baltimore’s Adam Jones of what would have been a first-inning home run.

 

Maxwell was the Nationals’ 2007 Minor League Player of the Year as he was just one of six professional players–the lone minor leaguer–to tally at least 25 doubles, 25 home runs and 25 stolen bases that season.

 

 

Nats Flashing the Leather

zim diving.jpgEach night, ESPN highlights the best offensive plays of the day on their Web Gem segment of “Baseball Tonight.” This year, they are tracking the best Web Gems and listing them on the Baseball Tonight Clubhouse page every Monday. The winners will be listed by player appearance, team appearance and Web Gem Points.

Web Gem points are calculated by awarding five points for the night’s top defensive play, four points for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Scoring is based on the Web Gems from the last “Baseball Tonight” show to air on a given night.

So far this season, the Washington Nationals and All-Star Ryan Zimmerman have been featured prominently on the Web Gems leaderboard! Here are the current rankings:

 

Web Gem points leaderboard
Brandon Inge                 24
Carlos Gomez               22
Ryan Zimmerman       20
Robert Andino              20
Ryan Sweeney              19
Jack Wilson                  19
Michael Bourn              18

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (players)
David Wright                New York Mets       Third base            8
Brandon Inge                Detroit                      Third base           8
Ryan Zimmerman      Washington             Third base          7
Carlos Gomez              Minnesota                  Center field         6
Eight tied                                                                                  5

Web Gem appearances leaderboard (teams)
Washington                22

Philadelphia                  22
New York Mets           19
Pittsburgh                     19
Cincinnati                     19

You can track Zimmerman and the rest of the Nationals each week here at the ESPN Baseball Tonight Clubhouse.

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