Longtime Washington Nationals Infielder Contemplating Future

Ryan Zimmerman just completed his 16th season as a member of the Washington Nationals. He has played there since the franchise's first year in Washington in 2005. Yet, it could end up being his last, as the 37-year-old infielder is unsure if he will play next season.

After opting out of the 2020 season, Zimmerman returned for this year and did what was asked for him. In 110 games, he had 14 home runs, 46 RBIs and a .243 batting average. Although those weren't jaw-dropping numbers at the plate, he still had decent moments this season. If he ends up being willing to return to Washington as a depth player, the Nationals should certainly consider it. 

It would be cool to see Zimmerman come back next season, as he is currently sitting at 1,799 career games. Over his long career with the Nationals, he has 284 home runs, 1,061 RBIs and a .277 batting average. With that, he's a two-time All-Star and also won a Gold Glove in 2009. He also is a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, as he won in 2009 and 2010. Most importantly, though, he was finally able to win a World Series with the only team he has ever known in 2019. 

If Zimmerman does retire, it will be a sad day for baseball. He's been in the league for so long and has a very good career.

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