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Jordan Zimmermann retires after 13 MLB seasons

Jordan Zimmermann retires after 13 MLB seasons

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday after just a couple of appearances in his 13th major league season, ending a career in which he was the author of the Washington Nationals’ first no-hitter and he was selected twice to the All-Star Game.

Zimmermann was 95-91 with a 4.07 ERA. He was an All-Star of the National League in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, as part of the Nationals.

The 34-year-old right-hander, from Auburndale, Wisconsin, made a couple of relief appearances for his home state team this season – going 0-0 with a 7.94 ERA.

“I had the mentality to compete, but my body does not give more,” said Zimmermann on Tuesday. “This living packing suitcases for half the year. I feel like this is the right time to do it, to end my career. I am happy to be able to start the next chapter of my life ”.

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Zimmermann thanked the Nationals, Detroit Tigers and Brewers for giving him the opportunity to play in the majors, and also expressed gratitude to all of his friends, teammates and family.

He had already contemplated retirement this year.

After signing a minor league contract with Milwaukee and not making the starting roster, Zimmermann reported to the club’s alternate camp but decided to retire in late April.

He changed his mind when the Brewers called him up to the majors on April 29 after injuries to several pitchers. That triggered a $ 1 million one-year contract in the major leagues.

Zimmermann’s greatest success was with Washington, coinciding when the franchise stopped being a regular bottom player in the playoffs.

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He was an important piece of the rotation when the Nats won the East Division in 2012 and 2014.

He threw his no-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Miami on September 28, 2014, the final day of the regular season, a jewel that was preserved by a sensational catch by outfielder Steven Souza Jr. for the final out.

Zimmermann signed a $ 100 million, five-year contract with Detroit after the 2015 season, but – hampered by injuries – he could no longer repeat the same excellent level he had in Washington. (GG) (AP)

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