Nationals’ Zimmerman to take part in holiday event

The Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department announced on Monday that Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman will be coming to county on Dec. 12.

Zimmerman will take part in Walking in a Winter Wonderland presented by Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac Co. at Clearbrook Park from 6-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet and take a photo with Zimmerman. However, autographs will not be given.

Zimmerman will be there to promote his foundation ZiMS, which is dedicated to the treatment and ultimate cure of Multiple Sclerosis by funding comprehensive support and educational programs. The foundation has raised more than $500,000 over the last five years.

In 1995, Zimmerman’s mother Cheryl was diagnosed with MS, which affects around 400,000 Americans.

Zimmerman said in a news release that he is excited to give back to his community and find a cure for MS.

“My family has given me the support to fulfill my dreams,” Zimmerman stated in a news release. “The Washington Nationals have given me the opportunity to play the game that I love at the highest level in our nation’s capitol. I am thrilled to have launched a foundation that I hope can make a real impact in the life of my family as well as many others afflicted by MS.”

Zimmerman, 33, has played for 13 seasons with the Nationals. He played college baseball at the University of Virginia and graduated from Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.

Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star (2009 and 2017) and won a Gold Glove Award in 2009.

He has 1,664 career hits, 937 RBIs, and 251 homers. He has a career batting average of .280.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland is a holiday light show, in its 17th year, held by the Frederick County Parks and Recreation Department.