The Washington Nationals’ longest-tenured player, Ryan Zimmerman moved into a place in history that predates his current team’s existence. And he passed a renowned slugger in the process.
Zimmerman belted a solo home run to left-center off Cincinnati Reds starter Scott Feldman on Monday afternoon in Cincinnati. This blast followed a Bryce Harper two-run shot in a five-run Nationals first inning, but Zimmerman’s home run was historically significant. He now has 235 home runs for his career; that is the most in Nationals franchise history.
The Nationals have only existed since 2005, but this record also includes 36 seasons of Montreal Expos annals. And Zimmerman, now in his 13th season with the club, surpassed Vladimir Guererro with his blast. Guerrero hit 449 home runs in his career, but given that he spent the second half of it with the Los Angeles Angels, only 234 came as an Expo.
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
Guererro played with the Expos from 1996-2003. He surpassed multiple Expos greats in his final year with the club to earn this record, with Guererro’s 25-home run 2003 campaign moving him past Gary Carter (220 with Montreal) and Andre Dawson (225 as an Expo). Both of those standouts played a sizable portion of their careers elsewhere opening the door for Guererro and now Zimmerman.
Zimmerman was never affiliated with the Expos. As the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 MLB First-Year Player Draft, Zimmerman was the Nats’ first draft pick after they relocated. He made his MLB debut that season and has been a regular in the Washington lineup since.
The 32-year-old is enjoying a bounce-back season after multiple substandard slates. Zimmerman, stationed in the No. 3 lineup spot today, is now hitting .324/.370/.592.