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Forget it: Ryan Zimmerman is not learning to play left field

May 19, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

Ryan Zimmerman AP

Yesterday Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post noted that Ryan Zimmerman was shagging balls in left field. The Nats coaches he spoke to were cagey about it all, and Kilgore wrote a story speculating how Zimmerman might fit into left for the Nats when he returns and after Bryce Harper returns.

That was fun, but today Zimmerman put the kibosh on it:

Oh well. I would’ve liked to see Bryce Harper playing center to Zimmerman in left. And them doing the old hook-and-ladder play when someone hit one to left and it had to be fired home. But apparently that’s not in the cards.

  1. myleschristiancopeland - May 19, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Reblogged this on Around The Base.

  2. xdj511 - May 19, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    I thought this was a crazy idea when I heard the rumor. Zimmerman is having enough trouble making throws from third to first because of his shoulder problems. If he was in the outfield guys would be taking the extra base on him all the time. It would be like Johnny Damon, only worse.

    If Zimmerman is going anywhere it’s going to be to first base where his shoulder problems won’t matter as much.

  3. jss1330 - May 19, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    So left field joins third base as positions Zimmerman won’t learn to play.

    • Reflex - May 19, 2014 at 10:04 PM

      Zim was a fantastic 3B until his shoulder issues occurred. Up through 2010 he had accumulated 7 dWAR in only five full seasons.

      • kelsocarpenter - May 20, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        Not to mention he won the gold glove in 2009.

      • Reflex - May 20, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        I don’t generally care who wins the Jeter Award…I mean Gold Glove. But that year it was certainly deserved, Zimmerman put up 2.5 dWAR and was fantastic defensively.

  4. tomtravis76 - May 19, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    Get him to first base and be done with it.

  5. 18thstreet - May 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    He’s in the first year of a six year, $100 million contract. Not looking good for the Nationals.

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