Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

Friday, April 30, 2021

Jordan Zimmermann retired ‘for 2 hours,’ then Crew called

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, the pride of Auburndale, Wis. and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, who made a pair of All-Star teams with the Nationals, twice garnered National League Cy Young Award votes and once led the NL in wins before struggling to shoulder the expectations of a $100 million contract with Detroit, decided to retire from professional baseball this week.

It might have been the shortest retirement in history.

“I think I was retired for about two hours,” Zimmermann said.

In a turnaround straight out of a movie script, Zimmermann is continuing his professional career with the team he cheered for as a boy. He told the story of this dramatic turn of events on Friday, a day after the Brewers called Zimmermann to the big leagues and put him on the cusp of becoming the 11th Wisconsin native to wear the uniform in a regular-season game.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 30, 2021 at 11:45 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: jordan zimmermann

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 01, 2021 at 07:01 AM (#6016449)
Now if we can just get the rest of the Tigers to retire.

Lessee...Zimmerman, in his five years in Detroit, managed a 25-41 mark in 514.1 IP, with a 5.63 ERA. That's a cringe-worthy 80 ERA+, which among the 83 pitchers who threw at least 500 IP from 2016-20, ranks dead last. He was worth all of 0.9 WAR to the Tigers, and was paid $110MM for his trouble (actually less, since his 2020 contract was pro-rated, but still). That's nice work if you can get it.
   2. jingoist Posted: May 01, 2021 at 09:41 AM (#6016456)
When he left the Nats my pals and I were sure he would be a great pitcher for the Tigers.
We were wondering how the Nats would replace his 15 wins going forward.
Then he disintegrated.
Who knew?
Between he and Miggy, the Tigers have sure spent a ton of money for next to nothing in performance.
   3. jingoist Posted: May 01, 2021 at 09:47 AM (#6016457)
I am, of course, speaking to Cabrerra’s latest contract, not his salad days.
   4. Walt Davis Posted: May 01, 2021 at 06:23 PM (#6016483)
I don't think I expected him to be "great" but it was a big year for FA pitchers and I recall thinking he was going to be the best value for money. Looking back thanks to an old MLB.com article

Price -- that didn't work out so well in value either
Greinke -- who knew this crazy contract (6/$206) was the one to have.
Cueto -- couldn't stay healthy
Samardzija
Kazmir

Of course on the position player side, MLB.com ranked Heyward as the #1 FA overall ... oops. He was followed by Cespedes, Upton, Gordon, Chris Davis, Zobrist, Desmond and Fowler. Zobrist worked out. What a terrible year for FAs.

Cueto might be the most interesting. He started with an excellent season. Then an average season; then an injured season with 9 good starts; then an injured season with 4 bad starts; then a healthy 2020 with 12 bad starts; and so far in 2021, an injured season with 3 great starts. For his SF tenure, he's actually got a 112 ERA+ and 5 WAA but only 519 innings and nearly all of his value was in 2016.
   5. Jobu is silent on the changeup Posted: May 04, 2021 at 07:16 AM (#6016782)
As a Tiger fan, it would be easy to recap the stats like #1 and have some significant disdain if not outright animosity toward the guy, but I can't do it. There were times when the vibe from team sources seemed to be that he was hurt enough that he could have stayed home, collected his money, and nobody would have blamed him. It is, of course, easy to argue that he didn't help the team by taking the ball as many times as he did - but I respect him for it.
   6. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: May 04, 2021 at 12:39 PM (#6016841)
When he left the Nats my pals and I were sure he would be a great pitcher for the Tigers.
We were wondering how the Nats would replace his 15 wins going forward.
Then he disintegrated.
Who knew?


Totally agree, Zimmermann's collapse was baffling. He'd been very good for five years but was not old or overworked. His last year in Washington was the worst of the five but still fine (108 ERA+).
   7. McCoy Posted: May 04, 2021 at 08:27 PM (#6016978)
It was the binders that did him in.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Dynasty League Baseball

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Kiko Sakata
for his generous support.

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogWhere Did the Homers Go?
(5 - 12:30am, May 10)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogDave Roberts baffled by Angels' blowout bunt attempt, but play helps Dodgers snap losing skid in wild game
(3 - 11:41pm, May 09)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogNBA 2020 Season kick-off thread
(3080 - 10:39pm, May 09)
Last: "bothsidesism" word 57i66135

NewsblogOMNICHATTER for the weekend of May 8-9, 2021
(87 - 9:42pm, May 09)
Last: Snowboy

NewsblogBlue Jays moving back to Buffalo’s Sahlen Field for June 1
(1 - 9:27pm, May 09)
Last: Brian

NewsblogMets' Jacob deGrom scratched from start with right lat inflammation, avoids injured list
(14 - 8:55pm, May 09)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogNationals broadcaster F.P. Santangelo accused of sexual assault, pulled from games
(3 - 8:03pm, May 09)
Last: Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc

NewsblogOT - Soccer Thread - Spring is in the Air
(399 - 7:43pm, May 09)
Last: The_Ex

NewsblogFormer manager, coach Ray Miller dies at 76
(3 - 6:42pm, May 09)
Last: Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight

Hall of Merit2022 Hall of Merit Ballot Discussion
(146 - 4:34pm, May 09)
Last: cookiedabookie

NewsblogLos Angeles Angels designate slugger Albert Pujols for assignment
(146 - 2:50pm, May 09)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogFrancisco Lindor’s ‘rat’ tale unnecessary drama for Mets
(24 - 1:18pm, May 09)
Last: Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com

Sox TherapyTap the Brakes
(5 - 1:02pm, May 09)
Last: Bad Fish

NewsblogMLB teams can’t play games under protest anymore
(29 - 9:05am, May 09)
Last: Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama

NewsblogCubs deal Sox can’t refuse: Bryant would be MVP move
(17 - 10:22pm, May 08)
Last: Walt Davis

Page rendered in 0.2449 seconds
48 querie(s) executed