MLB Says Goodbye to Ryan Zimmerman

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Yesterday Ryan Zimmerman, known as “Mr. National,” announced his retirement from Major League Baseball. His 16-year career was played with the Washington Nationals.

Zimmerman released a statement on Twitter.

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Zimmerman thanked everyone who had helped him throughout his career — from the owners to the managers, the trainers, his teammates, and his family.

Ryan Zimmerman won one World Series in 2019. He was a two-time All-Star (2009, 2017) and a two-time Silver Slugger award winner (2009, 2010). He also won a Gold Glove during the 2009 season as well. Zimmerman played most of his career at Third Base, although he moved to First Base as he aged.

It’s rare to see any player in any sport spend their entire career with one organization. The Nationals even drafted Zimmerman in 2005.

Playing so long for one organization speaks to how good of a teammate and person Ryan Zimmerman was.

While the Nationals have had better players during Zimmerman’s career, no one meant more to the team and organization than Ryan Zimmerman.

While his retirement was no surprise, it’s still sad to see players like Zimmerman leave the game of baseball.

Farewell Ryan Zimmerman — MLB needs more players like him.

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