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Most significant developments of 2011

Aug 29, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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Jordan Zimmermann's breakthrough was a key development of the season.

First off, an explanation for the lack of postings on the site over the weekend and why it's probably going to remain this way for the immediate future. As you probably know, my wife and I have been expecting our first child all season. His official due date is Oct. 4, but he is definitely going to be born before that, almost certainly in the next two weeks. (What can I say? The kid just really wants to see Stephen Strasburg with his own eyes!) The good news is, both Mrs. Z and Baby Z are healthy. We're just playing the waiting game now, which of course prevents me from covering the team the way I normally do. Thanks for understanding; can't wait to post the news (and hopefully some photos) once the big day arrives!

OK, back to baseball. The Nationals got swept in Cincinnati over the weekend, three disheartening losses that featured plenty of frustrating moments. They're off today, spending their time in Atlanta before opening a three-game series against the Braves tomorrow night.

What I'd like to do with this off-day posting is pose a couple of questions to all of you: 1) What has been the most significant development of the 2011 season to date? and 2) What remains the most significant development that could play out over the next month?

Let's start with the most significant development to date. To me, there are no shortage of candidates. You've got Jordan Zimmermann's full return from Tommy John surgery and ascension to front-lineRead more »

204 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2011 at 4:31 PM

    And let's see, my mystery pitcher has the same initials as a former Nats outfielder who now calls the "friendly confines" home.

  2. Wally - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Yup, good one.

  3. Wally - Aug 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Ok, that helps. Soriano … can't think of any AS. I think Byrd is the only other ex-Nat.Micah Bowie?

  4. natsfan1a - Aug 30, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Correctomundo, Wally. Well done.

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