Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman has seemingly discovered the fountain of youth.
After playing 115 games or fewer in each of the last three seasons, the 32-year-old has avoided the disabled list so far in 2017 while turning back the clock and crushing 19 home runs over 58 games played. He hit his 19th homer of the season Tuesday off Atlanta Braves starter R.A. Dickey, tying Vladimir Guerrero for the most in Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise history with 234 career four-baggers, per Sportsnet Stats.
Zimmerman leads the majors in batting average through Tuesday's action and also leads the National League in home runs, but trails four other hitters in the RBI race as he pursues the Triple Crown. However, his current pace has placed him in the driver's seat for the starting nod at first base for the All-Star Game in mid-July, per MLB Communications.
Despite his age and past production, Zimmerman has just one previous All-Star nomination to his credit. In 2009, Zimmerman took part in the All-Star Game at Busch Stadium and eventually went on to win both the Silver Slugger and Golden Glove awards that season.
Zimmerman finished that campaign with career-high marks in home runs (33) hits (178), runs (110) and had his second-best total for RBI (106). He's currently on pace to surpass or near all of those totals.
While Zimmerman is aided by a solid lineup around him, his ability to stay healthy—for the most part—has also contributed to this season's production. Should the veteran slugger continue to perform at or near his current level the rest of the way, he could garner his first ever serious consideration for NL MVP.