Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman already has more home runs than he did all of last year. The one he hit Monday put his name into the record books.
With a home run against the Cincinnati Reds on Monday, Zimmerman became the all-time home runs leader for the Washington Nationals franchise, which began as the Montreal Expos in 1969. His 235th home run with the team moved him passed former Expos outfielder Vladimir Guerrero. Andre Dawson and Gary Carter sit third and fourth, respectively, on the franchise’s home run list.
Records are made to be broken, congratulations to Ryan Zimmerman, being No. 2 is not bad 😃⚾️ https://t.co/QmFbrsmSDd
— Vladimir Guerrero (@VladGuerrero27) July 17, 2017
Zimmerman was a member of the original Nationals team in 2005, the first year after the team relocated to Washington. The 32-year-old has battled injuries throughout his career, but he’s bounced back to have a great first three and a half months in 2017.
Heading into this week, he was slashing .322/.369/.582 with 63 RBI and 53 runs. His blast on Monday was his 20th homer of the season. Last week, he played in his second career All-Star Game.
In his 13-year career, he is hitting .280 with 892 RBI, 846 runs and a .817 OPS to go with his 235 homers.