Washington Nationals News: Ryan Zimmerman remains driven in 10th year


Good morning DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson discusses Ryan Zimmerman’s ever-important role with the Nationals as he enters his 10th season with the ball club. As Ladson notes, Zimmerman has been a key part of the Nationals for a decade, and there’s no doubt he’ll continue to be a key player in the future.

Zimmerman has been the one true constant the team has had in it’s 10-year history. He’s seen the team grow from rock-bottom to world Series contenders, and he played a major role in helping transform the team in recent years. Be sure to check out Ladson’s article below, it’s definitely worth a read.

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Also in today’s Daily, Ladson discusses third baseman Ian Stewart and his potential for the 2015 season. As Ladson notes, the Nationals signed Stewart to a minor league deal earlier this offseason, but his impressive spring and Anthony Rendon’s knee injury could land him a spot on the 25-man roster, or even the Opening Day third base job.

Be sure to checkout the articles below, and as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Zimmerman remains driven in 10th season with Nats

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

VIERA, Fla. — Ryan Zimmerman has been the face of the Washington Nationals’ franchise practically since he arrived in the Major Leagues on Sept. 1, 2005. He was the team’s first star in Washington and he’s still a star.

Zimmerman is a homegrown legend from Virginia Beach, Va., and playing close to home hasn’t put any added pressure on him. He is a clean-cut guy who never got into trouble off the field. When things go wrong with the Nats, Zimmerman is always by his locker to field questions.

While some players would complain and sulk about the questions being asked, Zimmerman has always been a different story. Read full article here.

Stewart playing his way into valuable role

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

JUPITER, Fla. — Third baseman Ian Stewart signed a Minor League contract with the Nationals last December in hopes of being one of the left-handed hitters off the bench.

But ever since Anthony Rendon went down with his left knee sprain on March 9, Stewart has played almost every day at third base and has taken advantage of the situation, hitting .323 with three home runs and four RBIs in 16 games.

If Rendon is not ready for Opening Day on April 6 against the Mets, Stewart will be considered a candidate to start at third base. He is competing against Kevin FrandsenDanny Espinosa and Cutter Dykstra for more playing time. Read full article here.

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