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Davey Martinez wants Ryan Zimmerman to be a National in 2020

Davey Martinez wants Ryan Zimmerman to be a National in 2020

Ryan Zimmerman is in a complicated position when it comes to negotiating a new contract with the Washington Nationals. 

He's already made it clear to the club that if he's playing baseball, he's going to be playing with the Nationals. If not, he's going to be playing a lot of golf. 

His free agency this offseason is not going to be as exciting as several of his teammates. 

Manager Davey Martinez is also making it abundantly clear that he wants his first baseman to come back for 2020. There is too much left in Zimmerman's tank for him to retire at this point. 

"A healthy Zim has a lot of years left in him. When he's healthy, he's good," Martinez told NBC Sports Washington. "People don't talk about his defense but his defense is probably one of the best defensive first basemen in our league. He's helped us a lot in his ability to play first base."

Last season Zimmerman only started 40 games at first base while battling a foot injury. His .991 with only 24 errors was one on average with the regular 1B starters across the majors. He also DH'd for three games, which in total game him a .257 average with six home runs and 27 RBIs.

"I definitely love for him to come back... A lot of people say 'you know he goes out on top if he goes out,' so who knows. [A World Series run] could happen again," Martinez joked. 

But whether the team wants Zimmerman to come back is a different story. The Nationals, understandably so, rejected an $18 million team-option. Zimmerman's age 34 season did not live up to the standard of that monetary value.

Then again, the Nationals aren't about to let their first draft pick ever walk when he clearly still wants to and can play. He showed in the World Series that he still has it

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Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, tweets about Astros' scandal

Sean Doolittle's wife, Eireann Dolan, eviscerated the Houston Astros on Twitter Saturday afternoon in the wake of MLB's findings that the Astros systematically stole signs throughout the 2017 season, pointing out in her tweets what the scandal did to the Astros' opponents throughout the league that season.

Dolan pointed out that a large number of pitchers were scrutinized for poor performances against the Astros during the 2017 season, asking what those numbers would have done to their future earnings - not to mention mental state.

In 2017, the Astros led Major League Baseball in hits (1581), runs (896), doubles (346), RBI (854) as well as team batting average (.282) during the 162-game season en route to winning the 2017 World Series.

Doolittle reacted to the news of MLB's findings on Thursday on Twitter, thanking those who came forward to bring the sign-stealing allegations to light. The Astros fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch last week and Carlos Beltran and Alex Cora lost their jobs with the Mets and Red Sox over the scandal.

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Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

Mike Rizzo shows off World Series trophy at Maryland basketball game

The Washington Nationals aren't tired of showing off their World Series success, and for good reason. 

It's been a few months since the Nats won their first-ever title, but flaunting the Commissioner's Trophy simply never gets old. 

General Manager Mike Rizzo showed off the silverware in College Park on Saturday during an intermission in the Maryland-Purdue college basketball game. 

The crowd erupted in cheers and the band played "Baby Shark" to ring in the special occassion. It's always nice to see Terrapin fan favorite and SportsCenter host Scott Van Pelt in attendance there too. 

In a bad week for baseball in the wake of widespread cheating allegations, it's a good sight to see the good parts of the game being celebrated. 

Keep showing that thing off, Nationals!

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