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Zimmerman, 23, is entering his third season as a starter for the Nationals. In 2006, he hit .287 with 47 doubles, 20 home runs and 110 RBI in 2006, finishing second in the National League Rookie of the Year voting. Last season he batted .266 with 43 doubles, 24 home runs and 91 RBI. Zimmerman established the ziMS foundation in 2006, to support research and awareness of multiple sclerosis, a condition his mother Cheryl was diagnosed with in 1995.
Zimmerman's work with the foundation is the reason he is a candidate for the Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team. It is named in honor of the former Pirates outfielder whose spirit and goodwill will always be remembered. Clemente died in a plane crash while attempting to transport relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua on Dec. 31, 1972. The winner will be announced during the World Series.
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