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Zimmerman Wins Gold Glove [Updated]

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman won the first Gold Glove award of his career and the first in the Nationals' history on Wednesday.

Zimmerman led all NL third basemen with 459 total chances and 325 assists and was a fixture of the "Web Gems" segment of ESPN's "Baseball Tonight." He also led all big league third baseman with an 18.1 UZR, or ultimate zone rating -- an advanced metric that measures the number of runs a player saves or lets in, above or below an average player.

"It's a huge honor," Zimmerman said on ESPN News. "I think I've been thought of as a defensive player since I've been drafted. [The Gold Glove] is one of the biggest individual awards you could get."

The biggest negative in Zimmerman's case was his 17 errors, third-most in the league, which resulted in a mediocre .963 fielding percentage, ranking well beyond San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff, who led all NL third baseman and set an all-time record for the position with a .990 fielding percentage.

Zimmerman's award was a rare bit of national recognition for the Nationals, who, as a whole, have precious little hardware to show for their five seasons in Washington. Alfonso Soriano won a Silver Slugger award as one of the game's top-hitting outfielders in 2006, and Dmitri Young was honored as the NL's Comeback Player of the Year by Major League Baseball in 2007.

The last player in franchise history to win a Gold Glove was shortstop Orlando Cabrera in 2001, when the franchise was known as the Montreal Expos; the last (and only) Washington player to win a Gold Glove before Zimmerman was catcher Earl Battey for the 1960 Senators.

By Dave Sheinin  |  November 11, 2009; 2:38 PM ET
 
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Congrats to the FOF. Hope it's the first of many. I feel like a proud mama.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

All right!!!

I hope that this is a headline in the Dead Trees.

BTW, can we get Tracee announced as beat reporter?

Posted by: mikecatcher50 | November 11, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Great news. Well deserved. Zim's going to be on ESPN News any minute now commenting on it.

Posted by: raymitten | November 11, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Way to go, Zimmie. Now, about those throws...

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | November 11, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Zimm. Subjectively (by my eyes) and objectively (by UZR), the best third baseman in baseball.

Posted by: mojo6 | November 11, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Re. the GG news, I suspect that somewhere the Blogfather is smiling.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman winning the Gold Glove is a relief, and because I want to feel good this offseason, I declare it to be a turning point.

+1/2St.

Posted by: kevincostello | November 11, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Great for Zim...hope it is the first of many.

In regards to the discussion in previous threads about Brandon Phillips, I think that if they brough Phillips here, I wouldn't mind seeing Guz sent right over to Cincy in the deal. Keep Desmond at short. Whether Cincy would be willing to take on the salary would be a question, though.

Posted by: Cavalier83 | November 11, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

God bless America and God bless this day. The Washington Nationals have a gold glove.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | November 11, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I'd eat Guzzie's salary just to get Phillips.

But it's a great day for Nationals fans. I'm glad he got what he deserved and I'm sure this won't be the last award he wins. I think the days of David Wright are over. Now bring on the Silver Slugger award too!

Posted by: sec307 | November 11, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

In the immortal words of Joey Eishen, Kouz can "suck on it and like it".

Posted by: sec307 | November 11, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

We have a rare Hot Stove post of the day winner:
In the immortal words of Joey Eishen, Kouz can "suck on it and like it".

Posted by: sec307 |

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | November 11, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Imagine how good he'll look when he isn't responsible for fielding everything between third and second.

The winter meetings are going on Rizzo. Now focus!

Posted by: soundbloke | November 11, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Rob Neyer's a fan:

"More impressively, the voters also hit on first-time winner Ryan Zimmerman, who not only led the majors in Web Gems (an unofficial statistic) but also dominated most of the sophisticated fielding metrics that don't usually show up on TV. The voters could have gone for Kevin Kouzmanoff, who made only three errors in 139 games. They could have gone for David Wright, who won last year. But instead they chose the best defensive third baseman in the National League, and they score big points for that one."

Posted by: sec307 | November 11, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

If the Examiner report is correct and Harang is available, I'd take him over Arroyo.

Posted by: nationalsanthems | November 11, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

So this is what it feels like to root for a team that wins something big! I like it a lot. Congratulations, Zim! Well deserved.

Posted by: Baldino | November 11, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to RZimm!!!!

(Now, watch those throws.)

Hopefully this will not be the (only) highlight of the offseason.

Posted by: AWWNats | November 11, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

i don't know if someone already said this, but jon heyman tweeted today that the nats are one of 8 teams interested in mark derosa

Posted by: artvandelay2 | November 11, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"@FF: One of the websites (MLBTR, I think) made note that the Reds were looking to shed salary. I, for one would love seeing Phillips at 2B in DC; Move Guzman back to SS, and send Desmond back to SYR to start the year."

I think I'd take none-of-the-above. Looks like Espinosa may be ready. He plays short with Desmond at second base. Maybe "the future is Now"? Guzman becomes the utility guy replacing a Nats fan favorite: Ronny Belliard.

Posted by: periculum | November 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

This comes as no surprise to me. I expected this and would have been highly disappointed had this gone any other way. Zimm is the best.

Posted by: cokedispatch | November 11, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Finally some "good" news concerning one of our Pro teams around here ... Congrats Zim!!

Posted by: Monkman63 | November 11, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

As a Nationals fan, I'm delighted. Zim's already at Mike Schmidt-level defensively; add just a bit more power and he can rival Schmitty with the bat.

"the last Washington player to win a Gold Glove was catcher Earl Battey for the 1960 Senators."

I'm guessing by the time that was announced, Battey was already an ex-Washington player, since the Senators moved to Minnesota (and an AL expansion team was named to replace it) on Oct. 28.

Posted by: VPaterno | November 11, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The Gold Glove list published in True Blue 4 hours ago was accurate. I didn't think O'Dog would beat out Utley, who saved more runs than any other 2d baseman in baseball.

Posted by: flynnie2 | November 11, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

17 errors gets you a gold glove these days? Wow. Look, Zimmerman is slightly above average at 3rd, but nothing more..

Posted by: SMWE357 | November 11, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for weighing in, Mr. Kouzmanoff. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

SMWE357, watch much baseball?

Posted by: longterm | November 11, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: Espinosa is nowhere near "ready" for anything but AA ball (HAR) to start 2010, imo. Let him grow into the position, rather than rushing him up & killing his confidence. Let the Nats find a MI (preferably a 2B), leave Guzman at SS & go from there.

Posted by: BinM | November 11, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

win for Zim.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 11, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

The best news to come from the Nats since they signed Adam Dunn. Congrats Zimm!

Posted by: js_edit | November 11, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Good point about Battey probably being gone (with the team) by the time his GG was announced, but thanks to Sheinin for recalling it. I really liked Battey and that 1960 team.

And apart from the fun debate over fielding stats, it's just great to see Zim and the Nats get the recognition.

Posted by: KenNat | November 11, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Zim! This was well deserved. There have been times over the past couple of years when just about the only reason to watch our Nats was to see Ryan Zimmerman becoming Brooks Robinson. He is a joy to watch. And with that extended contract we get to continue to watch for many years. Yes!

Posted by: NatsFly | November 11, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Well deserved, Zimm. Congratulations.

Posted by: JohninMpls | November 11, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

So here we go in the complaint department.

Word is out on the NL gold glove winner, I flip over to XM-175 MLB Homplate to hear if the FoF is the winner at 3rd. Kevin Kennedy is on the air with some other guy and they are going thru each postition and talk'n up the winner. They get to third only after doing 15 minutes about O-Dog and say, "at 3rd base the gold glove winner is Ryan Zimmerman, he had a career year and moving to the outfiled......., WTF, I mean they spent a half hour just getting to Zimm and then basically skip over him in 30 seconds.

Flip the switch over to 980, nothing just the same old same old. Flip over to the former WJFK again silence. Damn come on folks.

There's gonna come a day!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | November 11, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Hello All, Forgive my ignorance. I have not been on a lot since the season ended.
Did Chico Leave, Get fired or is MIA? Congrats to Zimm. Ill take anything positive at this point. Hopefully Riggs comes back and the Nats are very active in the offseason.

Posted by: chris88 | November 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Zimm !!

Congrats Zimm !!

It is WELL deserved.

Posted by: CBinDC1 | November 11, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Zimm, keep'em coming!

Posted by: DCFanatic | November 11, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"The best news to come from the Nats since they signed Adam Dunn."

You don't like that Strasburg kid?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 11, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

17 errors and wins the gold glove? this MUST be a joke! Oh, wait a minute, the majority of the voters are from the East Coast and the only thing they see is what ESPN is broadcasting on that night. This is really investigating reporting at its best, nice homework pseudo-reporters!

P.S.
San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff's glove is heading to the Hall of Fame, because NOBODY has ever had a better season as a third baseman. And they say there is no bias?

Posted by: WestCoastLouie | November 11, 2009 4:56 PM | Report abuse

You really know you're getting somewhere when you start to draw MLB awards trolls. Awww, our little team is growing up. :-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse


"The best news to come from the Nats since they signed Adam Dunn."

You don't like that Strasburg kid?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 11, 2009 4:55 PM

*********

Or the Nyjer Morgan trade?

Posted by: NatsNut | November 11, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

As bad as the season was, I shudder to think how many games the Nats would have lost without Zim's bat and glove. But I love thinking about how many the team could win next year with a better supporting cast. Zim is really living up to his potential. Thanks goodness he signed that contract.

Posted by: nats24 | November 11, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

17 errors and wins the gold glove? this MUST be a joke! Oh, wait a minute, the majority of the voters are from the East Coast and the only thing they see is what ESPN is broadcasting on that night. This is really investigating reporting at its best, nice homework pseudo-reporters!

P.S.
San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff's glove is heading to the Hall of Fame, because NOBODY has ever had a better season as a third baseman. And they say there is no bias?

Posted by: WestCoastLouie | November 11, 2009 4:56 PM
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Louie: Somewhere off of Interstate 5 in Cali is a place called Napa...Great wine there. I would suggest that wine over the whine you're spewing...

Posted by: TimDz | November 11, 2009 5:20 PM | Report abuse

"The best news to come from the Nats since they signed Adam Dunn."

You don't like that Strasburg kid?

Posted by: FromTheEclipseThePlaceThatBobCarpenterCallsHome | November 11, 2009 4:55 PM

*********

Or the Nyjer Morgan trade?

Posted by: NatsNut

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Okay, you both got me on that one. And I also overlooked the Jimbo firing. LOL

Posted by: js_edit | November 11, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Great!! Makes me happy tonight!!

Congrats Zimmerman!!

Posted by: politicalmajority | November 11, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

>>>

Range factor, Total chances, UZR, etc etc. At least know what your talking about before spewing off nonsense. Errors in terms of looking at a fielder is one of the most misleading stats. Further, the Padres have A gold glove caliber 1st baseman, the Nats don't. This is a factor.


Posted by: JDB1 | November 11, 2009 5:29 PM | Report abuse

congrats Zimm!

but here's the problem, by playing great defense, the thrifty ownership group has more justification to limit starting pitchers to those making league minimum

Posted by: TGT11 | November 11, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

WestCoastLouie - You're absolutely right. The managers and coaches (who vote on the award) have a bias towards the Washington Nationals, one of the worst teams in the league. Good catch. Thanks for pointing this out. This explains so much.

Posted by: Section220 | November 11, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Zim! Looking forward to many more!

Posted by: mo_dc | November 11, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Baseball America released the Nats top 10 prospects today. No surprises there other than Jeff Kobernus' porn star moustache. His pic looks like it was taken right out of the 1980 Topps set.

I was a bit disappointed at not seeing any of the high school arms drafted over the last three years.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | November 11, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

mikecatcher50: "I hope that this is a headline in the Dead Trees."
===================================================
Yeah, right.

On the WaPo's home page, it's just below "Lights return following Brazilian blackout"...

... and just above "Economy Watch: Mixed bag for vets seeking jobs"

In the Dead Tree edition, you'll be lucky to even find it in the sports pages.

Posted by: gilbertbp | November 11, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Fantastic news about the GG! Congrats to Zimm...may this be the first of many.

Posted by: Shelley1131 | November 11, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Meh. The award I REALLY want him to win is World Series MVP.

Posted by: gilbertbp | November 11, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

This gets my vote for Post of the Day. Snarktastic!

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WestCoastLouie - You're absolutely right. The managers and coaches (who vote on the award) have a bias towards the Washington Nationals, one of the worst teams in the league. Good catch. Thanks for pointing this out. This explains so much.

Posted by: Section220 | November 11, 2009 5:36 PM

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations Zimmer, for winning one of the most prestigious awards in baseball.

Keep up the good work, hopefully it will inspire some of your teammates to do well !!!!!

Posted by: dashriprock | November 11, 2009 6:46 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Nice moniker.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | November 11, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's something funny: Fox Sport's Jim Bowden is reporting (via Twitter) that Riggleman will be named the permanent manager of the Naitonals. No terms, but he says it's a "done deal." Well, if anyone knowns about deals that go down (and down, and down, and down) it's Jim Bowden....

Posted by: wm49rs | November 11, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Hooray, Zimmie!! What a treat for Nats and their fans -- we're best at something! What a season it will be next year -- feels good already. Cheers to all, and especially Ryan, RY-AN, RYAN!!

Posted by: sbuck | November 11, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall seeing more than a couple of fielding errors by the Zman and that 90% or so of his errors were the result of not having a 30 foot tall 1st baseman. He also got much better with the throws after the AllStar break which bodes well for a perennial string of GG's in DC

Posted by: giff | November 11, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

we got riggleman! we got riggleman!!!

Yahoooooooo

Posted by: NatsNut | November 11, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Well done Zim!!! Something for us to salvage out of a dismal season.

Posted by: Natstoyou | November 11, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Zimm! We love you!

Posted by: PattyinSJ | November 11, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Great news! Here's to many more Web gems in the future for Ryan!

Posted by: poncedeleroy | November 11, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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