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The Baseball Show: How will Nats handle Zimmerman?

Apr 12, 2014, 12:48 PM EST

Zimmerman's error looms large in Nats' loss

The problems Ryan Zimmerman has had throwing the ball from third base have presented a unique problem for the Nationals. There is really no recent precedent for a guy who can throw lasers on the most difficult plays (including when bats are flying over his head), yet can’t hit his target on the routine ones.

Though Zimmerman was fine last night against the Braves, it will surely be a storyline to check in on throughout the rest of this season. After this year they may be able to move him to first base, but how will they manage him this season?

Mark Zuckerman delved into that topic with Rob Carlin and Brent Harris on this week’s ‘The Baseball Show’ on CSN. Check out the video:

They also talked about Bryce Harper’s start to the year, how he vented his frustration, and how he has since seemed to break out of the slump:

  1. Another_Sam - Apr 12, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    It’s clear to me: defensive replacement in late innings. I love that bat, but oh those throws. I think MZ hit it all — occasional duty at first base, DH in AL parks, and I add defensive replacements in certain situations. Maybe when the closer comes in. There’s no shame in having an injury. And also MZ got it exactly — they’re certainly better with him on the field than without.

  2. Jeff G - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Throw lasers? That’s a tad extreme. Accurate lollipop is closer to the mark. I haven’t had the pleasure of watching the video yet so I don’t know if they reference them but Knoblauch and Sax are pretty recent examples. Hell I’d throw Ankiel in to the same camp as a pitcher. Mackey Sasser… different kettle of fish.

    • Section 222 - Apr 12, 2014 at 6:52 PM

      I agree. Zim hasn’t thrown a laser in about seven years. Rendon and Desi throw lasers. Zim makes accurate strong throws charging in on bunts. Otherwise, it’s a crapshoot.

      Still, last night was an impressive display for a guy with real problems with his arm. It wasn’t pretty, or laserlike, but he got the job done.





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