OnFocus – Auburndale native Jordan Zimmermann will end his Major League Baseball career on May 11.
The soon-to-be 35-year-old pitcher will leave the sport after 13 seasons with the Washington Nationals (2009-15), the Detroit Tigers (2016-20) and the Milwaukee Brewers (2021).
“I have had the joy of playing the game that I love for the past 15 years,” said Zimmermann. “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. Thank you to all of my friends, teammates and family members who have been by my side throughout this incredible journey. I will miss the game greatly, but I’m ready for the new phase of my life.”
Zimmermann made two relief appearances with the Brewers this season after signing with the team on Feb. 9. The Brewers signed the Auburndale High School graduate to a minor league deal with an invitation to training camp.
“On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to congratulate Jordan on a long and distinguished career,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations David Stearns. “We are thrilled that Jordan was ultimately able to wear the uniform of his hometown team, and we wish he and his family all the best in retirement.”
Zimmermann was selected by Washington in the second round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft after attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He finished seventh in 2013 National League Cy Young Award voting after producing a career-high 19 wins. He finished fifth in 2014 National League Cy Young Award voting after posting a career-best 2.66 ERA. He made 30+ starts four times (2012-15) and twice was an Opening Day starter (2018-19).
Zimmermann was reportedly retired for two hours earlier in the season but got a call from the Brewers asking if he would come to Milwaukee and pitch for the team while they dealt with a slew of injuries to the team’s pitching staff.
Jordan and his wife, Mandy, reside in Auburndale, Wisconsin. They have a son named Riley and daughter named Ava.
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