Zimmerman boosted the franchise to its World Collection championship in 2019. He didn’t play final 12 months, selecting to take a seat out due to issues about his household’s well being through the pandemic. His mom has a number of sclerosis; he and his spouse had their third baby final 12 months.
“Me coming again this 12 months was in no means for like a victory lap kind of factor,” he mentioned. “That is about coming again as a result of I nonetheless assume I can play the sport at a excessive degree, and I nonetheless assume I may also help the group win.”
The Nationals went 26-34 final season, tied with the Mets for final within the NL East.
Zimmerman batted .257 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 171 at-bats in 2019. He’s a profession .279 hitter with 270 house runs and 1,015 RBIs.
Zimmerman mentioned he was fairly sure he’d return to the diamond.
“I don’t assume it was ever 100%, however I don’t assume it was beneath, like, 95%,” he mentioned. “As soon as I used to be hanging out at house and watching the video games and type of moving into life with out baseball, I believe that quantity shot as much as fairly near 100% in a short time on my finish.”
Zimmerman thanked basic supervisor Mike Rizzo and the group for the prospect to play once more.
“I didn’t know in the event that they have been going to supply me a serious league deal, or in the event that they have been going to need me to return down on a minor league deal,” he mentioned. “I’m 36 years outdated, and I haven’t performed baseball in a 12 months. So I believe that reveals, clearly, the respect that (Rizzo) and the group have for me. I can’t inform you how a lot I respect that.”