Zimmerman Walkoffs Plus Walkoff Leaders

The walkoff by Ryan Zimmerman a couple days ago was his 11th of his career. That puts him in the top ten of players with the most walkoff homeruns. The league leader in walkoffs is Jim Thome with 13. The fact that Zimmerman took three years to hit his 11th walk off and seems to be hampered by injuries does not make it seem plausible that he will pass Thome. Rookie David Bote has five major league homeruns, two of them walkoffs. Perhaps he will be making this list shortly. Below is the list of his walkoffs and the career leaders below that.

1. June 18, 2006, it was father’s day and with his dad in the stands the rookie hit his first walk off homerun against the New York Yankees and current teammate Chien-Ming Wang. The 2-run shot had given the Nationals a 3-2 win. That was the first time I remember seeing a player flip his batting helmet before reaching the mob of players waiting for him at home plate.

2. July 4, 2006, it was Independence Day and Zimmerman’s 3-run homer off the Marlins Joe Borowski gave the Nationals a 6-4 win.

3. The game started on May 12, 2007, but with the rain delays it was Mother’s Day the next day when Zimmerman hit a 2-out grand slam off the Florida Marlins Jorge Julio. Jorge had just come into the game to face the Z-man and Ryan drove the pitch over the wall in left center.

4. March 30, 2008 - the opening day at Nationals park. While it wasn’t a holiday, it could be considered a special event. The Z-man christened the new stadium by ending the game with a solo shot off the Atlanta Braves Peter Moylan to give the Nationals a 3-2 win. It was the first homerun by the Nationals in the new stadium.

5. September 9, 2009, just a normal day, but it had to be a holiday somewhere. The Marlins had just broken a tie with two runs in the top of the ninth to take a 4-2 lead. Willie Harris greeted Leo Nunez first pitch with a solo shot to lead off the inning. After a Christian Guzman single on his first pitch Ryan Zimmerman drove a 1-1 count into deep left centerfield to give the Nationals a 5-4 win.

6. July 6, 2010. Ryan Zimmerman had already hit a walk off single on this date in 2006 against the Florida Marlins. This time they were playing the San Diego Padres with the score tied 5-5. On a 1-0 count the Z-man drove a Luke Gregerson pitch over the centerfield fence for a 6-5 win.

7. July 31, 2010. The game was against the Philadelphia Phillies and Brad Lidge was on the mound. The Phillies were ahead 5-4 with runners on first and second with just one out. The Z-man ran the count to 2-1 before crushing a Lidge pitch into the centerfield bleachers to give the Nationals a 7-5 win. He had hit a homerun off Lidge the previous year in the bottom of the ninth, but that shot had only pulled the Nationals to within 9-8.

8. August 19, 2011, another game that was delayed by rain and went well into the night. The Phillies had a 4-1 lead when the second rain delay hit. Most people had gone home when the Z-man hit a dramatic grand slam on a 3-2 count off of Ryan Madson deep down the left field line. It was his second walk off grand slam of his young career.

9. July 26, 2013, they had just lost to the New York Mets in the first game of the doubleheader 11-0. The team was facing Matt Harvey in the night cap. They scored their lone run against Harvey on a Daniel Murphy error. Harvey went eight and was relieved by LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth with the score tied 1-1. Hawkins retired his first hitter, but Zimmerman took him deep for his ninth walkoff homerun. Interesting the night before Bryce Harper had hit his first career walkoff homerun.

10. May 19, 2015, Wilson Ramos had tied the score at 6-6 with a solo shot in the sixth, the third homerun by the Nationals in the game. In the bottom of the tenth the Yankees brought out Andrew Miller to pitch. He walked Yunel Escobar but then struck out Bryce Harper for the second out. Ryan Zimmerman ran the count to 3-1 then stroked a line drive dying quail that was curving toward the foul pole. It kept curving. And curving. Until it hit the right side of the foul pole and bounced into the Nationals bullpen. The Nationals win 8-6.

11. August 22, 2018, This is the longest Zimmerman has gone without a walk off. Down 7-6 against the Phillies, the Nationals had just waved the white flag, trading Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams to announce their departure from the playoff race. Zimmerman smacked an opposite field shot that he watched travel towards the right field bleachers. He felt the ball hit beyond the bleachers. The umpires felt differently, saying it hit on top of the bleachers. Zimmerman had to stop at second. A review was done and the umpires reversed the call and ruled it a homerun. That puts him in a tie for eighth place with David Ortiz and Tony Perez with 11. Jim Thome leads the pack with 13. Babe Ruth is tied with a number of players with 12, including Albert Pujols the only other current player on the top ten with 12.

Jim Thome 13
Jimmie Fox 12
Mickey Mantle 12
Stan Musial 12
Albert Pujols 12
Frank Robinson 12
Babe Ruth 12
Tony Perez 11
David Ortiz 11
Ryan Zimmerman 11
Dick Allen 10
Harold Baines 10
Barry Bonds 10
Adam Dunn 10
Jason Giambi 10
Reggie Jackson 10
Mike Schmidt 10
Sammy Sosa 10

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