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|Posted: Sun May 7th, 2017 07:38 am||
|Word of Ryan Zimmerman's downward spiral was apparently premature.
The Washington Nationals first baseman was named the National League's player of the month for April and is hitting an absurd .433/.474/.885. That includes his Friday output, where he hit his 12th home run and 11th double of the season.
April’s NL Player of the Month, Ryan Zimmerman, has his sights set on the May award. pic.twitter.com/3cvei3XejF
— MLB (@MLB) May 6, 2017
Those hits pushed him ahead of Montreal Expos infielder Tim Wallach for the all-time franchise lead in extra-base knocks with 596. Zimmerman has missed plenty of time over the last three seasons to injury, but he finally seems to be healthy.
Over his past 16 games, Zimmerman has hit .508 with 16 extra-base hits, as pointed out by the Sporting News' Ryan M. Spaeder. He's averaging at least one double or home run per game during that span (he has yet to hit a triple this season).
Wallach may not be a household name to the casual fan of today, but he was an integral piece to the Expos teams of the 1980s. Over 13 seasons with the franchise, he led the National League in doubles twice, with 42 in both the 1987 and 1989 seasons. Not a prototypical home run hitter, it was his knack for hitting doubles that saw him become the now-former franchise-leader in extra-base hits.
Zimmerman was the very first draft pick for the franchise after it moved from Montreal to Washington and has long been the face of a team struggling to make a name for itself. With the emergence of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Trea Turner, as well as the timely acquisitions of Max Scherzer and the now-injured Adam Eaton, Zimmerman appeared to be lost in the shuffle.
Now he's healthy and hitting at the best clip of his entire career. He may hold onto this record for a long time to come.