Ryan Zimmerman and the Curse of the Goose

Ryan Zimmerman and the Curse of the Goose

Goose Goslin remembered

Some­thing hap­pened to remind old Wash­ing­ton base­ball fans of Goose Goslin. (For the unini­ti­at­ed, he was the hit­tingest play­er in Sen­a­tors his­to­ry. With Goslin in the line­up, the Sen­a­tors were for­mi­da­ble. Witithout him…well.

On June 23rd Wash­ing­ton Nation­als star third base­man Ryan Zim­mer­man went out with a ham­string injury that may side­line him for the rest of the sea­son. The effect on the team’s play was aston­ish­ing. At the close of play on August 1st the com­pa­ra­ble W-L sta­tis­tics were:

With­out Zim (first time): 21-24, .467 (equates to 76-84)
With Zim: 34-19, .642 (equates to 104-58)
With­out Zim (since 7/23): 3-6 .333 (equates to 53-109)

Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zim­mer­man

Mark Zuck­er­man an of Nats Insid­er wrote on July 23 that from June 30th when they all came togeth­er, the Nation­als were the Nation­al League’s most pro­duc­tive team. “That was in no small part due to Zim­mer­man, who since that date was hit­ting .387 with a 1.050 OPS.


“Now, there are oth­er fac­tors in that equa­tion. Zimmerman’s time in the line­up has coin­cid­ed with gen­er­al­ly good health across the board for the Nation­als. But to think this team can con­tin­ue to play at this impres­sive pace with­out one of its key stars would be foolish.”

Well, since Zuck wrote that the Nation­als have zucked—and that’s WITH the rest of the team healthy, and our lead-off guy on a roll.

Is it true? Can one man make that much dif­fer­ence? Are we a dif­fer­ent team with Zim out, afford­ing less “pro­tec­tion,” invit­ing pitch­ers to han­dle the line­up dif­fer­ent­ly? Have we any­one to sub for Adam at 1B who can real­ly hit?


Goose Goslin

*Curse of the Goose: Back in the days when they were peren­ni­al con­tenders, the Wash­ing­ton Sen­a­tors fell off when they trad­ed Goose Goslin—and won anoth­er pen­nant when they got him back. For the rest of what hap­pened to the Nation­als in 2014, click here.

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