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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
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   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 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

Of course on the position player side, 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 Moppo 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.

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