Jordan Zimmermann Retires: A Look-Back
Drafted in the second round by the Washington Nationals in 2007, Zimmermann was a pitcher destined for the big leagues. Having spent two seasons in the Minor Leagues, Zimmermann got the call in April of 2009 with Nationals and never looked back. Having spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Nationals, Zimmermann compiled a 70-50 record, with a 3.32 ERA and 903 strikeouts. His best season came in 2013 when Zimmermann went 19-9, with 3.25 ERA and 161 strikeouts. In 2014, with the Nationals, Zimmermann threw his first career no-hitter in team history.
After the 2015 season, Zimmermann would elect free agency and would go on to sign with the Detroit Tigers. Zimmerman would spend the next five seasons with the Tigers. The Tigers and Zimmermann were hoping that much of that success which made Zimmerman a two-time All-Star in Washington, would carry over into Detroit, but that never was the case. Zimmerman struggled during his in Detroit. In 2020, Zimmermann would opt out of the season, and that would be the last time Zimmermann would be a Tiger.
In 2021, Zimmermann, a native of Wisconsin, would sign a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. At age 35, Zimmermann was hoping to give it one more go before calling it a career. In an article in The Athletic, Zimmerman was quoted, “I will forever be thankful to the Washington Nationals and Detroit Tigers for allowing me to live out this dream. It has been particularly special to be able to end it all playing for my hometown team, the Milwaukee Brewers.”
Zimmerman would close out his career with a 95-91 record, a 4.07 ERA in 279 career games, of which 275 games were starts.
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