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Riggleman says Zimmerman not getting credit he deserves just yet

Washington third baseman Ryan Zimmerman leads the National League in on-base-plus-slugging percentage (1.005) and slugging percentage (.594). He also ranks third in the league in on-base percentage (.411) and seventh in batting average (.309). Not too shabby, right?

But when Nationals Manager Jim Riggleman was asked Saturday whether he thought Zimmerman was getting the credit he deserved for his hot offensive start, Riggleman responded with a verbal thumbs down.

Zimmerman did not rank in the top five among National League third basemen in the latest All-Star voting update released by MLB.

"He's pretty well recognized around the league, but not like if it was right now in New York or Boston or somebody who's been in the playoffs recently and all that," Riggleman said. "Because if we were a playoff team at this point - if we had been in the playoffs the last couple of years - people would be saying he's the biggest reason; he's the main offensive cog to that team, hitting third and doing what he does.

"But until you get in the win column more, a lot of players are not going to be recognized ... Ryan has probably not gotten the accolades throughout the country that soon will come his way."

By Steve Yanda  |  June 5, 2010; 6:16 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Zimmerman  
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I guess Dibble got suspended for a game after yesterday. Pretty funny.

Posted by: amorris525 | June 5, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Zimmerman is a special MLB player and the baseball public is naturally unaware of this 3rd baseman in a class of his own. Most impressive is his commitment at his youthfulness, A testament to himself and a community of family and friends. He has that Cal Ripken play the game right bulldog mentality. This entertainment era of sports with added mental demands on organizations like our Nats makes his longevity questionable. He has no bigtime mentally locked in hitters in front or behind him, and none seemingly coming. Willingham is pressuring opposing pitchers as EVERY batter should to gain his team any competitive edge. He must mentally decide this IS who I am. Guzman has been one of the best Nats hitter for several years as far as being in charge at the plate with runners on base, then the bonehead play suddenly appears. I'm not dogging one of the Nats best because we've seen it from nonchalant fielders, pitchers, catchers, runners, coaches and officials. The Nats lose quite abit because they don't take the win. Thats entertainment sports today. I love'em, I want them to win and I don't play. Never say die and you won't.

Posted by: DMcCall2 | June 6, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Dibble was not suspended. As noted on the previous day's broadcast, he was attending his son's HS graduation.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | June 6, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

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