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Apr 10

Ryan Zimmerman’s first 1,000 games

To some of you it may seem like yesterday when a young Ryan Zimmerman played in his first game as a Nat back on September 1, 2005. But in fact Zimmerman has played in 997 games for the Nationals. Ever since that first game Zimmerman has been the face of the franchise.

The 28 year-old Zimmerman will play in his 1,000th game for the Nats this Friday evening when the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Nationals meet each other for the first time in the 2013 season.

During his 997 games with the Nats Zimmerman has been known as the Nats’ Mr. Clutch. The Nats’ 3rd baseman has hit 8 walk-off home runs during his career. Two of the 8 walk-off homers were grand slams. Here is more information about Zimmerman’s walk-off heroics that I wrote about in a story I wrote in 2011 titled Ryan Zimmerman is Nats’ Mr. Clutch.

Of the eight career walk-off home runs Zimmerman has hit, six were hit off of division rivals, three against the ryan-zimmerman-300x200Florida Marlins, two – his last two – against the Philadelphia Phillies and one against the Atlanta Braves.

It is simply amazing when you start to break down the numbers. Of the 21 home runs Zimmerman hit in RFK Stadium, three were walk-offs. The third baseman didn’t waste any time putting his mark on the Nats’ new ballpark. In the inaugural game at Nationals Park on March 30, 2008, a sellout crowd of 39,389 witnessed Zimmerman’s first walk-off home run in the new ballpark.

With two outs in the ninth inning Zimmerman crushed a line-drive, walk-off home run off of the Braves’ pitcher, Peter Moyland. The home run gave the Nats a 3-2 victory over the Braves. Since that cool evening in March, Zimmerman has hit four more walk-off home runs at Nationals Park.

I believe a lot of baseball fans across the country are starting to realize what Nats fans have known for six-plus seasons: that Zimmerman, the two-time Silver Slugger recipient, is one of baseball’s premier clutch hitters. If you don’t believe it, maybe these numbers will make you change your mind. Currently, Zimmerman has hit 125 career home runs, eight being walk-off home runs. Below is a list of the eight players that have hit 600 or more career home runs, with their homer totals and, in parentheses, their walk-offs.

Hank Aaron, 755 (9)
Barry Bonds, 762 (10)
Babe Ruth, 714 (12)
Willie Mays, 660 (6)
Ken Griffey Jr., 630 (5)
Alex Rodriguez, 626 (9)
Sammy Sosa, 609 (10)
Jim Thome, 601 (12)

With Zimmerman being only 26, there is real good chance he will challenge the following five Hall of Famers – and one future Hall of Famer – that are tied with 12 walk-off home runs: Babe Ruth, Jimmie Fox, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Jim Thome.

With Zimmerman being only 26, there is real good chance he will challenge the following five Hall of Famers – and one future Hall of Famer – that are tied with 12 walk-off home runs: Babe Ruth, Jimmie Fox, Stan Musial, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Jim Thome.

Here are some more of Zimmerman’s achievements during his first 1,000 games.

 

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D.C. Baseball All-Time Hitting Records

Top 25 Top 25 Top 25
Rank Number of years played in Washington Years Rank Number of games played for Washington Games Rank Number of At Bats AB
1 Walter Johnson 21 1 Sam Rice 2,307 1 Sam Rice 8,934
2 Sam Rice 19 2 Joe Judge 2,084 2 Joe Judge 7,663
3 Ossie Bluege 18 3 Clyde Milan 1,982 3 Clyde Milan 7,359
4 Joe Judge 18 4 Ossie Bluege 1,867 4 Mickey Vernon 6,930
5 Buddy Myer 16 5 Mickey Vernon 1,805 5 Ossie Bluege 6,440
6 Clyde Milan 16 6 Eddie Yost 1,690 6 Buddy Myer 6,033
7 Mickey Vernon 14 7 Buddy Myer 1,643 7 Eddie Yost 6,011
8 Eddie Yost 14 8 George McBride 1,458 8 Buddy Lewis 5,261
9 George McBride 13 9 Howie Shanks 1,396 9 Goose Goslin 5,140
10 Cecil Travis 12 10 Goose Goslin 1,361 10 Cecil Travis 4,914
11 Goose Goslin 12 11 Buddy Lewis 1,349 11 Howie Shanks 4,887
12 Al Evans 11 12 Cecil Travis 1,328 12 George McBride 4,833
13 Walt Masterson 11 13 Bucky Harris 1,252 13 Bucky Harris 4,717
14 Buddy Lewis 11 14 Joe Kuhel 1,205 14 Joe Kuhel 4,638
15 Howie Shanks 11 15 Ed Brinkman 1,142 15 George Case 4,532
16 Nick Altrock 11 16 Eddie Foster 1,121 16 Eddie Foster 4,418
17 Joe Kuhel 11 17 George Case 1,108 17 Ryan Zimmerman 3,861
18 Firpo Marberry 11 18 Frank Howard 1,077 18 Ed Brinkman 3,845
19 Ed Brinkman 10 19 Sam West 993 19 Frank Howard 3,833
20 Camilo Pascual 10 20 Ryan Zimmerman 990 20 Joe Cronin 3,582
21 Patsy Gharrity 10 21 Joe Cronin 940 21 Pete Runnels 3,356
22 Bucky Harris 10 22 Joe Cronin 940 22 Deacon McGuire 3,327
23 Sam West 10 23 Walter Johnson 933 23 Sam West 3,316
24 Sherry Robertson 10 24 Pete Runnels 921 24 Heinie Manush 3,290
25 Sid Hudson 10 25 Muddy Ruel 903 25 Roy Sievers 3,159
George Case 10
Top 25 Top 25 Top 25
Rank Number of Hits Hits Rank Number of Doubles 2B Rank Number of Triples 3B
1 Sam Rice 2,889 1 Sam Rice 479 1 Sam Rice 183
2 Joe Judge 2,291 2 Joe Judge 421 2 Joe Judge 157
3 Clyde Milan 2,100 3 Mickey Vernon 391 3 Goose Goslin 125
4 Mickey Vernon 1,993 4 Buddy Myer 305 4 Buddy Myer 113
5 Buddy Myer 1,828 5 Goose Goslin 289 5 Mickey Vernon 108
6 Ossie Bluege 1,751 6 Eddie Yost 282 6 Clyde Milan 105
7 Goose Goslin 1,659 7 Ossie Bluege 276 7 Kip Selbach 95
8 Buddy Lewis 1,563 8 Cecil Travis 265 8 Buddy Lewis 93
9 Cecil Travis 1,544 9 Joe Kuhel 250 9 Howie Shanks 87
10 Eddie Yost 1,521 10 Ryan Zimmerman 250 10 Cecil Travis 78
11 Joe Kuhel 1,338 11 Buddy Lewis 249 11 Joe Kuhel 77
12 George Case 1,306 12 Joe Cronin 242 12 Joe Cronin 72
13 Bucky Harris 1,295 13 Clyde Milan 240 13 Heinie Manush 70
14 Howie Shanks 1,232 14 Bucky Harris 223 14 Ossie Bluege 67
15 Eddie Foster 1,177 15 Heinie Manush 215 15 Sam West 65
16 Ryan Zimmerman 1,110 16 George Case 210 16 Bucky Harris 64
17 Joe Cronin 1,090 17 Sam West 187 17 Eddie Foster 59
18 Heinie Manush 1,078 18 Howie Shanks 173 18 John Stone 55
19 Frank Howard 1,071 19 Deacon McGuire 161 19 Eddie Yost 53
20 George McBride 1,068 20 Stan Spence 153 20 Stan Spence 49
21 Deacon McGuire 990 21 Frank Howard 146 21 Chick Gandil 48
22 Sam West 984 22 Eddie Foster 145 22 Charlie Abbey 46
23 Pete Runnels 921 23 Kip Selbach 143 23 Deacon McGuire 45
24 Kip Selbach 919 24 Roy Sievers 135 24 George McBride 43
25 Ed Brinkman 868 25 George McBride 127 25 Gil Coan 42
Pete Runnels 42
Top 25 Top 25 Top 25
Rank Number of Home Runs HR Rank Number of Total Bases TB Rank Number of Stolen Bases SB
1 Frank Howard 237 1 Sam Rice 3,833 1 Clyde Milan 495
2 Roy Sievers 184 2 Joe Judge 3,239 2 Sam Rice 346
3 Ryan Zimmerman 153 3 Mickey Vernon 2,963 3 George Case 321
4 Jim Lemon 144 4 Clyde Milan 2,601 4 Dummy Hoy 225
5 Goose Goslin 127 5 Goose Goslin 2,579 5 Joe Judge 210
6 Mickey Vernon 121 6 Buddy Myer 2,464 6 Kip Selbach 201
7 Eddie Yost 101 7 Ossie Bluege 2,290 7 Howie Shanks 177
8 Don Lock 99 8 Eddie Yost 2,212 8 Bucky Harris 166
9 Jim King 89 9 Buddy Lewis 2,211 9 Eddie Foster 166
10 Ken McMullen 86 10 Cecil Travis 2,046 10 Danny Moeller 163
11 Harmon Killebrew 84 11 Frank Howard 1,968 11 Ossie Bluege 140
12 Adam Dunn 76 12 Joe Kuhel 1,910 12 Mickey Vernon 125
13 Mike Epstein 73 13 Ryan Zimmerman 1,849 13 Ed Cartwright 118
14 Joe Judge 71 14 Bucky Harris 1,673 14 Buddy Myer 117
15 Buddy Lewis 71 15 George Case 1,654 15 Goose Goslin 116
16 Mike Morse 67 16 Howie Shanks 1,642 16 George McBride 116
17 Stan Spence 66 17 Joe Cronin 1,629 17 John Anderson 98
18 Joe Kuhel 56 18 Heinie Manush 1,574 18 Jake Stahl 96
19 Joe Cronin 51 19 Roy Sievers 1,568 19 Charlie Abbey 93
20 Chuck Hinton 49 20 Eddie Foster 1,458 20 Chick Gandil 93
21 Nick Johnson 49 21 Sam West 1,391 21 Chuck Hinton 92
22 Heinie Manush 47 22 Kip Selbach 1,339 22 Paul Radford 91
23 Ian Desmond 47 23 Deacon McGuire 1,337 23 Tommy Dowd 88
24 Alfonso Soriano 46 24 Jim Lemon 1,330 24 Ray Morgan 87
25 Bob Allison 45 25 Stan Spence 1,301 25 Jim Donnelly 87

D.C. Baseball Single-Season Hitting Records

Top 10 Single Seasons – Home Runs
Rank Name HR Year Team League
1 Frank Howard 48 1969 Senators American
2 Alfonso Soriano 46 2006 Nationals National
3 Frank Howard 44 1970 Senators American
4 Frank Howard 44 1968 Senators American
5 Harmon Killebrew 42 1959 Senators American
6 Roy Sievers 42 1957 Senators American
7 Roy Sievers 39 1958 Senators American
8 Jim Lemon 38 1960 Senators American
9 Adam Dunn 38 2009 Nationals National
10 Adam Dunn 38 2010 Nationals National
Top 10 Single Seasons – Average
Rank Name AVG Year Team League
1 Goose Goslin 0.379 1928 Senators American
2 Ed Delahanty 0.376 1902 Senators American
3 Cecil Travis 0.359 1941 Senators American
4 Goose Goslin 0.354 1926 Senators American
5 Mickey Vernon 0.353 1946 Senators American
6 Sam Rice 0.350 1925 Senators American
7 Buddy Myer 0.349 1935 Senators American
8 Sam Rice 0.349 1930 Senators American
9 Heinie Manush 0.349 1934 Senators American
10 Joe Cronin 0.346 1930 Senators American
Top 10 Single Seasons – Base Hits
Rank Name H Year name League
1 Sam Rice 227 1925 Senators American
2 Heinie Manush 221 1933 Senators American
3 Cecil Travis 218 1941 Senators American
4 Sam Rice 216 1924 Senators American
5 Sam Rice 216 1926 Senators American
6 Buddy Myer 215 1935 Senators American
7 Heinie Manush 214 1932 Senators American
8 Sam Rice 211 1920 Senators American
9 Buddy Lewis 210 1937 Senators American
10 Mickey Vernon 207 1946 Senators American
Sam Rice 207 1930 Senators American
Top 10 Single Seasons – RBI’s
Rank Name RBI’s Year name League
1 Goose Goslin 129 1924 Senators American
2 Frank Howard 126 1970 Senators American
3 Joe Cronin 126 1931 Senators American
4 Joe Cronin 126 1930 Senators American
5 Buck Freeman 122 1899 Senators National
6 Goose Goslin 120 1927 Senators American
7 Joe Cronin 118 1933 Senators American
8 Joe Kuhel 118 1936 Senators American
9 Heinie Manush 116 1932 Senators American
10 Joe Cronin 116 1932 Senators American
Top 10 Single Seasons – Stolen Bases
Rank Name SB Year Team League
1 Clyde Milan 88 1912 Senators American
2 Dummy Hoy 82 1888 Senators National
3 Clyde Milan 75 1913 Senators American
4 Sam Rice 63 1920 Senators American
5 Danny Moeller 62 1913 Senators American
6 George Case 61 1943 Senators American
7 Dummy Hoy 60 1892 Senators National
8 Clyde Milan 58 1911 Senators American
9 George Case 51 1939 Senators American
10 Ed Cartwright 50 1895 Senators National
Top 10 Single Seasons – Runs Scored
Rank Name R Year Team League
1 Joe Cronin 127 1930 Senators American
2 Buddy Lewis 122 1938 Senators American
3 Heinie Manush 121 1932 Senators American
4 Sam Rice 121 1930 Senators American
5 Buddy Myer 120 1932 Senators American
6 Sam Rice 119 1929 Senators American
7 Alfonso Soriano 119 2006 Nationals National
8 Sam Rice 117 1923 Senators American
9 Goose Goslin 116 1925 Senators American
10 Heinie Manush 115 1933 Senators American
Buddy Myer 115 1935 Senators American
Kip Selbach 115 1895 Senators National
Top 10 Single Seasons – On Base %
Rank Name OBP Year Team League
1 Buddy Myer 0.454 1938 Senators American
2 Ed Delahanty 0.453 1902 Senators American
3 Goose Goslin 0.442 1928 Senators American
4 Bill Joyce 0.442 1895 Senators National
5 Eddie Yost 0.440 1950 Senators American
6 Buddy Myer 0.440 1935 Senators American
7 Nick Johnson 0.428 2006 Nationals National
8 Goose Goslin 0.425 1926 Senators American
9 Eddie Yost 0.423 1951 Senators American
10 Joe Cronin 0.422 1930 Senators American
Goose Goslin 0.421 1924 Senators American
Top 10 Single Seasons – Total Bases
Rank Name TB Year Team League
1 Alfonso Soriano 362 2006 Nationals National
2 Frank Howard 340 1969 Senators American
3 Buck Freeman 331 1899 Senators National
4 Roy Sievers 331 1957 Senators American
5 Frank Howard 330 1968 Senators American
6 Goose Goslin 329 1925 Senators American
7 Heinie Manush 325 1932 Senators American
8 Ryan Zimmerman 320 2009 Nationals National
9 Cecil Travis 316 1941 Senators American
10 Mickey Vernon 315 1953 Senators American
Top 10 Single Seasons – Doubles
Rank Name 2B Year Team League
1 Mickey Vernon 51 1946 Senators American
2 Stan Spence 50 1946 Senators American
3 Ryan Zimmerman 47 2006 Nationals National
4 Nick Johnson 46 2006 Nationals National
5 Joe Cronin 45 1933 Senators American
6 Joe Cronin 44 1931 Senators American
7 Joe Cronin 43 1932 Senators American
8 Ed Delahanty 43 1902 Senators American
9 Sam West 43 1931 Senators American
10 Mickey Vernon 43 1953 Senators American
Tris Speaker 43 1927 Senators American
Ryan Zimmerman 43 2007 Nationals National
Ryan Church 43 2007 Nationals National
Top 10 Single Seasons – Triples
Rank Name 3B Year Team League
1 Buck Freeman 25 1899 Senators National
2 Kip Selbach 22 1895 Senators National
3 Goose Goslin 20 1925 Senators American
4 Joe Cassidy 19 1904 Senators American
5 Cecil Travis 19 1941 Senators American
6 Howie Shanks 18 1921 Senators American
7 Goose Goslin 18 1923 Senators American
8 Sam Rice 18 1923 Senators American
9 Joe Cronin 18 1932 Senators American
10 Charlie Abbey 18 1894 Senators National
John Stone 18 1935 Senators American