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2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

2017 MLB Power Rankings: Ryan Zimmerman can't be stopped

Ryan Zimmerman was probably due for a bit of a bounce-back season, but no one saw this  coming. 

Zimmerman, who just happens to be hitting .435/.475/.907 with a 1.382 OPS and 13 dingers, was the best player for the Nats through the first month of the season. That,  and two healthy shoulders from Bryce Harper. 

While sustaining those numbers isn't going to happen, a return to form from Zimmerman gives the Nationals, who already lead baseball in most offensive categories, just another weapon in a stacked lineup. 

Elsewhere around the league, the Marlins are slumping, the Yankees are terrifying, and the pesky Twins just won't go away yet. How did your team do this week? To the rankings! 

30. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

2017 Record: 11-20
Previous Ranking: 28
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: Christian Arroyo (slashing .316/.381/.474 over the last 7 days.) 

13-5, 13-3, and 14-2 have all been scores of games that the Giants have lost in the past week. They're already in the call-up-top-prospects part of their season, too. 

29. TORONTO BLUE JAYS

2017 Record: 10-20
Previous Ranking: 29
Last 10 Games: 4-6
Notable Performance: DH Kendrys Morales (3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in a win over Tampa Bay on Friday.)

Toronto caught a break with the Marcus Stroman injury scare, but that's about the only break they've caught so far. The ace is expected to make his next start after having some concerns about forearm tightness. 

28. KANSAS CITY ROYALS

2017 Record: 10-19
Previous Ranking: 25
Last 10 Games: 3-7
Notable Performance: Eric Hosmer (.455/.458/.773 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs last week)

This version of the Royals has been fun, but the mid-summer fire sale is coming. Who's going to overpay for Hosmer? 

27. ATLANTA BRAVES

2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 30
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Matt Kemp (hit .333/.364/.476 over the last seven days) 

Dansby Swanson's underwhelming start is letting Freddy Freeman - who's slumping in his own right - stay out of the spotlight. At least Braves fans get to watch Bartolo Colon every five days. 

26. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES

2017 Record: 11-17
Previous Ranking: 16
Last 10 Games: 5-5
Notable Performance: Maikel Franco (.310/.388/.476 and two home runs over the last two weeks)

The Phillies are admirably hanging in there, but all eyes are on Aaron Nola and that lower back MRI. You're not getting anywhere with Jeremy Hellickson being your best starter. 

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

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Whoa. Dusty Baker not returning as Nationals' manager. What comes next?

The Washington Nationals announced Friday Dusty Baker will not return as manager of the club in 2018. 

Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in franchise history, and the Nationals were 192-132 under Baker, but they failed to make it to an NLCS.

Baker is 14th in MLB history with 1,863 career wins.

The next Nationals' manager will be their seventh since they arrived in DC.

Only the Marlins have had as many.

"I'm surprised and disappointed," Baker told USA TODAY Sports. "They told me they would get back to me and I told them I was leaving town yesterday and they waited 10 days to tell me."

"I really thought this was my best year. We won at least 95 games each year and won the division back to back years but they said they wanted to go a different direction. It's hard to understand." 

The team also announced the contracts for the Major League coaching staff have also expired, and the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

RELATED: BRYCE HARPER THANKS NATIONALS' FANS FOR SUPPORT

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

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Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy undergoes successful knee surgery

While Nats fans were still digesting the news that Dusty Baker will not return as manager next year, the team released some more surprising news. 

Second baseman Daniel Murphy underwent knee surgery today, per an official team report. 

Washington Post reporter Chelsea Janes reported that the surgery is considered significant and the team won't put a timeline on the recovery process:

"The procedure, according to the statement released by the team, repaired articular cartilage in Murphy’s right knee. For those interested in the details, it was a debridement and microfracture surgery, and orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed it."

"For those concerned with the implications of the procedure, those are still unclear. The statement clarified that Murphy’s rehab “will progress throughout the offseason,” as one would hope, and did not include a timetable.

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