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Wednesday was a very good day for the Washington Nationals. á Ryan Zimmerman, who former general manager Jim Bowden described as a ôfuture Gold Glove winnerö when he drafted him 4th overall in 2005, won his first Gold Glove award earlier this afternoon. A few hours later, Jim Riggleman, who single-handedly skippered the Nationals away from the horror of becoming the latter-day Æ62 Mets, was named the teamÆs permanent manager. á Now, neither of these moves strengthens the team, but it does stabilize it. á When Zimmerman first arrived in Washington in September 2005, I had never been surer about the future stardom of any player I had seen in the last 40 years, and his rookie season bore that out. He batted .287-20-110 and fielded flawlessly. á His next two seasons, however, gave me t ...

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