The story of Bradley Zimmer is an infuriating one. The next “great” player for the franchise has yet to ascend to that level and he probably never will. After years of missed opportunities, injuries, and a long gestation period in the minors, Zimmer seems like a guy who will never amount to the lofty levels of what was expected.
He fell so hard that many were predicting he’d have to retire before he ever came back, simply because of all the injuries he’s endured. Anything that the Indians can get out of him now would be a blessing considering how long he’s been gone and how inconsistent he’s been when he was healthy.
He’s not an All-Star, but he’s an improvement over what the Tribe had.
He was hitting just .207 on July 7 but has improved his batting average to .240 entering the Aug. 24 meeting with the Rangers.
His numbers aren’t too far off from his rookie years with regards to his rate of production. Admittedly, that isn’t great. No one should be happy about hitting rookie year figures at 29-years-old in normal circumstances but considering the Tribe has had a revolving door in the outfield all year, anyone hitting .240 consistently is a good thing.
If he can continue to produce and finish around the .260+ mark by the end of the season, there might actually be hype for him in 2022.