MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired twice on Tuesday for his 13th major league season, ending a career in which the two-time All-Star pitched the Nationals’ first scorer from Washington.
Zimmermann went 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA. He was an NL All-Star in 2013 and ’14 with the Nationals.
The 34-year-old right-hander from Auburndale, Wis., Made two relief appearances for his national team this season and was 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA.
“My mind was still there, but my body wasn’t,” Zimmermann said Tuesday. âLiving without suitcases half the year. I felt like it was the right thing to do right now, call it a career. I am happy to start the next chapter of my life. “
Zimmermann thanked the Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Brewers for giving him the opportunity to play and also expressed his gratitude to all of his friends, teammates and family.
He had originally planned to stop throwing a little earlier.
After signing a minor league deal with the Brewers in February and failing to make it to the team’s initial major league roster, Zimmermann went to the team’s alternate site in Appleton, but decided at the end of April to retire. He changed his mind when the Brewers promoted him to the big leagues on April 29 after several pitchers were on the injured list. This sparked a one-year contract with a salary of $ 1 million in the major leagues.
“It was pretty crazy how it went,” Zimmermann said. âI was basically retired for a few hours when they called me up and told me they needed help, so I went downstairs, gave them a few rounds and tried to fill the gap. gap because they had a lot of IL guys. I knew I wouldn’t be around for long, but I wanted to be able to help them and these other guys to be healthy. At this point, many of them are healthier and ready to come back.
Zimmermann’s greatest success has come with Washington, where his rise coincided with the Nationals’ emergence from a perennial last-place team to a playoff regular.
The Nationals were producing their second straight season of over 100 losses when Zimmermann burst into the majors in 2009. He was a key part of Washington’s rotation when the Nationals won the NL East titles in 2012 and 2014.
âBeing able to turn it around and have winning ball clubs and going to the playoffs over and over is something I’ll never forget,â Zimmermann said.
He went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA and finished seventh in the NL Cy Young Award vote in 2013. He finished fifth in the Cy Young Award ballot the following season after taking 14-5 with a 2.66 ERA. He pitched smooth in a 1-0 victory over the Marlins on September 28, 2014, the last day of the regular season – a gem that was preserved by a diving catch by outfielder Steven Souza Jr. for the final .
Zimmermann signed a five-year, $ 110 million contract with the Detroit Tigers after the 2015 season, but couldn’t match the success he produced in Washington.
After being 70-50 with a 3.32 ERA in seven years with the Nationals, Zimmermann was 25-41 with a 5.63 ERA in five years with Detroit. He went 1-13 with a 6.94 ERA in 2019 and only pitched three games in 2020 due to a forearm injury.
Zimmermann became moved while discussing his experience in Detroit.
“I just wish I could have stayed healthy,” said a tearful Zimmermann, who paused for about 30 seconds before finishing his answer. “Yes. I wish I could have given more. The body just couldn’t stand up.
Ending his career in Milwaukee this season saw the 2007 second-round pick of Division III school Wisconsin-Stevens Point to become the 11th Wisconsin native to play for the Brewers.
“I guess my proudest thing would be to be a kid from a small town who played in a Division III school and made it through the big leagues,” Zimmermann said. “It’s hard to do.”