(Ryan Zimmerman, all smiles. Photo by Jonathan Ernst, via Reuters.)
Congrats to Ryan Zimmerman on his second straight Silver Slugger award. Not only was Zim unofficially the best defensive third baseman in the National League this season (Gold Glove robbery by Scott Rolen aside), he's now officially recognized (again)for being the best hitting third baseman in the NL.
Here's Zim during a conference call with the media Thursday night, via Nationals Journal, making another desperate plea to Mike Rizzo:
"As much as this award was mine...having those guys behind me [was] important. Having Adam come back needs to be a big priority for our team -- for everyone, but it obviously helps me out a lot. ...
"[Having Dunn in the lineup] changes when [teams] do and don't pitch to me. When there's runners in scoring position, if they're going to pitch around me, they have Adam to deal with. -- It absolutely helps."
(Ryan Zimmerman, via Nationals Journal, 11/11/2010)
Fear not, Zim: Once Adam Dunn signs his 4 year deal with the Yankees this offseason, you'll have plenty of help from Dunn when you're both in pinstripes together following the 2013 season.
And of course, when Adam Dunn isn't around next year and Ryan Zimmerman misses out on a third consecutive Silver Slugger award, we can all blame Adam Dunn; just like Dunn was "partly responsible" for Zim losing the Gold Glove.