Ex-Detroit Tigers’, Milwaukee Brewers’ pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retires
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday two appearances into his 13th season in the major leagues, ending a career in which the two-time All-Star pitched the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter.
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, Wisconsin, made two relief appearances for his home-state team this season and had a 0-0 record with a 7.94 ERA.
“My mind was still in it, but my body wasn’t,” Zimmermann said Tuesday. “Living out of suitcases half the year. I felt like it was the right thing to do at this time, to call it a career. I’m happy to start the next chapter of my life.”
Zimmermann thanked the Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Brewers for giving him the opportunity to play.
Zimmermann’s greatest success came with Washington, where his rise coincided with the Nationals’ emergence.
The Nationals were producing their second straight season of 100-plus losses when Zimmermann broke into the majors in 2009. He was a key part of Washington’s rotation when the Nationals won NL East titles in 2012 and 2014.
Zimmermann signed a $110 million, five-year contract with the Detroit Tigers after the 2015 season but couldn’t come close to matching the success he produced in Washington.
He was 25-41 with a 5.63 ERA in five years with Detroit. He went 1-13 with a 6.94 ERA in 2019.