NEW YORK -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson played with Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson for eight seasons, and the skipper said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is up there with Robinson in terms of playing great defense at the position.
In the eighth inning of Monday night's game against the Mets, for example, Zimmerman dove for a ground ball hit off the bat of Justin Turner. On his right knee, Zimmerman was able to throw out Turner for the second out in the inning.
"I've never seen a third baseman with quickness that he has, with the catch and quick release that he has," Johnson said about Zimmerman. "A lot of times, I've seen more balls hit off Brooks' chest and the balls just seem to die right there or they just stayed on his chest, [and he would] pick the ball up and throw the guy out. With Zim, he just about gets the glove on the ball just about every time. He has tremendous hand-eye coordination and a lot of range."