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Ryan Zimmerman retires from MLB after 16 seasons

Ryan Zimmerman retires from MLB after 16 seasons

  • Nationals
Feb 17
SW Creative
  • SportsWriters

Washington Nationals’ veteran infielder Ryan Zimmerman announced his retirement from the sport on Tuesday.

“At this point in my career, it’s not about making money,” Zimmerman said, as per the Washington Post. “It’s more the weighing of how much time it takes for me to put in the stuff behind the scenes that lets me still be successful on the field that people don’t really know about. And it’s worth it if you have a chance to win the World Series.”

The two-time All-Star also made a statement through CAA Baseball where he thanked all of the Nationals’ staff, teammates, agents, and his family for the career he has achieved up to this point.

Soon after the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington, the Nationals selected Zimmerman with their first pick in the 2005 draft.

Since then, Zimmerman has had a long relationship with the franchise and he retires with a record-high in games played (1,799), runs scored (963), hits (1,846), total bases (3,159), doubles (417), home runs (284) and RBIs (1,061).

The 37-year-old decided to sIt out 2020 due to his concerns for his family’s health in the middle of the pandemic.

Last season, Zimmerman hit .243, and had 14 home runs and 46 RBIs. He closes his career in MLB with a .277 batting average.

  • Ryan Zimmerman

    American professional baseball first baseman for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. Zimmerman graduated from Kellam High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia

  • Washington Nationals

    The Washington Nationals are an American professional baseball team based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the National League East division.

  • Mark Lerner

    Mark Lerner is a principal at Lerner Enterprises as well as the principal owner of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals.