Jordan Zimmermann

Jordan M. Zimmermann (born May 23, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Washington Nationals. Zimmermann is a two-time MLB All-Star, and co-led the National League in wins in 2013. In 2014, Zimmermann pitched the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history.

Jordan Zimmermann
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Zimmermann with the Tigers in 2019
Detroit Tigers – No. 27
Starting pitcher
Born: May 23, 1986 (age 33)
Auburndale, Wisconsin
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 20, 2009, for the Washington Nationals
MLB statistics
(through July 19, 2019)
Win–loss record94–85
Earned run average3.96
Career highlights and awards

Life and career

Zimmermann was born in Auburndale, Wisconsin, where he played all four years of high school on the varsity team at Auburndale High School. He began his career as a catcher, then moved to multiple positions due to his versatility. He was used as a starting pitcher as well as a closer in tight games. Zimmermann attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the second round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

In 2008, Zimmermann had a combined 10–3 record with a 2.89 earned run average (ERA) with the Potomac Nationals of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League and the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League, and in July was named to the Eastern League All-Star team. He finished the season leading the organization in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average, and was the Nationals pitcher of the year.[1]

Washington Nationals


Zimmermann was rated the Nationals' best prospect going into the 2009 MLB season, according to Baseball America.[2] In 2009, Zimmermann made the Nationals' roster as the fifth starter; however, the Nationals did not need him in the rotation until mid-April, so Zimmermann opened the season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.[3] Zimmermann's contract was purchased on April 20, 2009, and he made his major league debut that night, after a two-plus hour rain delay, against the Atlanta Braves. He pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with three strikeouts and a walk, earning the victory.[4]

Jordan Zimmermann rehab start 2010
Zimmermann with the Potomac Nationals in July 2010

In his second game against the New York Mets, Zimmermann won his second game in as many starts, becoming the first Nationals/Expos pitcher to win his first two starts of his career since Randy Johnson did so in 1988.[5] Coincidentally, Zimmermann was the losing pitcher in Johnson's historic 300th win on June 4, 2009.[6]

Zimmermann experienced elbow pain, and in July landed on the disabled list.[7] After attempted rehab, in August 2009 Zimmermann was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and underwent Tommy John surgery, expecting to miss 18 months.[7] He finished his rookie season of 2009 going 3–5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts.


In 2010, he made quick progress. Over four minor league levels, he started 10 games in limited play, racking up just 39.2 innings, but compiling a solid record: 1.59 ERA, 27 hits allowed, 31 strikeouts, and just six walks.[8] On August 26 he was recalled to make his 2010 debut back in the big leagues, where Zimmermann got a no-decision in an eventual win by the Nationals over the Cardinals. On this same day, the Nationals learned that their other young pitching phenom, Stephen Strasburg, would need Tommy John surgery and would be out for 12–18 months. In Zimmermann's second return start, however, five days later, he pitched six shutout innings, allowing only one hit, no walks, and striking out nine, a personal best. He also became the first National to get through six innings facing only 18 batters.[9] Zimmermann finished the 2010 year 1–2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts.


On May 6, 2011, Zimmermann pitched an immaculate inning versus the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium.[10] He finished the 2011 year 8–11 with a 3.18 ERA.


On May 28, 2012, Zimmermann hit his first career home run off of Miami Marlins pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Zimmermann became the third Nationals pitcher named NL Pitcher of the Month during the 2012 season when the selection was announced on August 2, 2012. During July he went 4–0 with an MLB-best 0.97 ERA. He gave up 27 hits in 37 innings and struck out 31 compared to 4 walks.[11] He finished the 2012 season 12–8 with a 2.94 ERA.

In Game 4 of the 2012 National League Division Series, Zimmermann made a relief appearance in the 7th inning, his first since 2008 at A-level Potomac. Entering a tie game, Zimmermann struck out the side.[12] The Nationals would eventually lose the series to the St. Louis Cardinals after Game 5.


Zimmermann hurled his first career shutout on April 26, 2013, with a one-hitter against the Cincinnati Reds. It was the second straight one-hitter by Nationals pitching in the series, marking the first occasion since 1917 that a Washington team achieved that streak, and the first time since 1900 that the Reds were victimized that way.[13]

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Zimmermann in March 2015

In 2013, Zimmermann was named to his first All-Star Game, but chose not to play due to stiffness in his neck. He finished the season with a career high in wins, going 19–9, while also posting a 3.25 ERA and 161 strikeouts in a career-high ​213 13 innings over 32 starts.


On September 28, 2014, the last day of the regular season, Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals history, a 1–0 win over the Miami Marlins and Henderson Alvarez, the pitcher who threw the final no-hitter of the 2013 season. Zimmermann faced only one over the minimum in the game; only a fifth inning walk to Justin Bour and a seventh inning third strike wild pitch that allowed Garrett Jones (who was subsequently picked off)[14] to reach first base separated him from a perfect game. This was also the first time in MLB history that a no-hitter had been thrown on the final day in two consecutive seasons.[15] He finished the season with a 14–5 record and a 2.66 ERA, striking out a career-high 182 batters in ​199 23 innings.


Zimmermann finished the 2015 season with a record of 13–10 along with a 3.66 ERA, 1.205 WHIP and 164 strikeouts in 201​23 innings pitched. Following the season, he became one of a record 20 players to receive a qualifying offer.[16] Zimmermann finished his tenure with the Nationals starting 178 games, sporting a 70-50 record, a 3.32 ERA, pitching 1094 innings, eight complete games (four shutouts) and striking out 903 batters.

Detroit Tigers


On November 30, 2015, the Detroit Tigers signed Zimmermann to a five-year, $110 million contract.[17]

Zimmermann was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for April. During the month of April, Zimmermann allowed just two earned runs in 33 innings pitched, for a 0.55 ERA. He was 5–0, becoming the sixth pitcher to finish April with five-plus wins, zero losses and a sub-1.00 ERA. He joins Fernando Valenzuela (1981), Randy Johnson (2000), Cliff Lee (2008), Zack Greinke (2009), and Ubaldo Jiménez (2010). Zimmermann's 0.55 ERA is the third-best mark for April in Tigers history. The only two Detroit pitchers with better ERAs in April were Bernie Boland with a 0.30 ERA in 1915 and John Hiller with a 0.36 ERA in 1974.[18][19] On July 4, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a neck strain.[20]


On May 23, Zimmermann recorded his 1,000th career strikeout in a game against the Houston Astros.[21] On July 17, in a game against the Kansas City Royals, Zimmermann threw 79 strikes out of 97 pitches, an 81 percent strike rate that ranks as the best by a Tigers starter with 80 pitches or more since at least 1988, and was the best by a Major League starter since 2008.[22] Overall, Zimmermann struggled throughout the 2017 season. In 29 starts, he went 8–13 with a 6.08 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.


On April 11, Zimmermann was struck in the face by a line drive by Jason Kipnis. Zimmermann was taken to the hospital, and was diagnosed with a bruised jaw, but made his next start.[23] On May 6, after making seven starts in the 2018 season, Zimmermann was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.[24] He returned to the rotation on June 16. For the 2018 season, Zimmermann made 25 starts, compiling a 7–8 record with a 4.52 ERA and 111 strikeouts in ​131 13 innings pitched.


Zimmermann opened the season as the Tigers Opening Day starter. He was placed on the disabled list on April 26, 2019 due to a UCL sprain.[25] He returned to MLB action on June 19, starting and pitching four innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[26]

Pitching style

Zimmermann is mainly a three-pitch pitcher. He throws a four-seam fastball at 92 miles per hour (148 km/h) that tops out at 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), a slider which he describes as a "baby cutter"[27] (87 miles per hour (140 km/h)), and a curveball (80 miles per hour (130 km/h)). On rare occasions, he also features a circle change to left-handed hitters.[28]


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Preceded by
Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles, Jonathan Papelbon
No-hitter pitcher
September 28, 2014
Succeeded by
Chris Heston
2011 Washington Nationals season

The Washington Nationals' 2011 season was the seventh season for the American baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia and the 43rd since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It involved the Nationals attempting to win the National League East Division after a 69-93 season the year before.

On June 23, 2011, manager Jim Riggleman resigned after contract disputes with general manager Mike Rizzo. Riggleman resigned following a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners which put the Nationals over .500 at the latest point in a season since 2005 and gave them their 11th win in 12 games. Riggleman compiled a 140-172 record with the Nationals after he replaced Manny Acta after the all-star break in 2009. On June 24, Davey Johnson was named the new manager. Previously, he was a senior advisor to Mike Rizzo. He began managing on June 27. Bench coach John McLaren managed the club for three games following Riggleman's resignation before Johnson was decided upon as interim manager.

The Nationals finished the 2011 season in third place in the NL East with an 80-81 record, playing only 161 games because one game against the Los Angeles Dodgers was canceled due to rain. Their third-place finish was their best finish in the standings and second-best win-loss record since they moved to Washington.

2012 Washington Nationals season

The Washington Nationals' 2012 season was the eighth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the fifth season at Nationals Park, and the 44th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec. After finishing the previous season in third place with an 80–81 record, out of last place in the NL East for the second time since moving to Washington, the Nationals made several moves to pursue playoff contention in 2012 and beyond. Despite being plagued with injuries, the Nationals had an impressive start to the season, never dropping below the .500 mark and consistently holding first or second place in their division. On September 3, the Nationals won their 82nd game of the season, making this season their first winning season since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005 and the first for the franchise since 2003. On September 20, the Nationals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to clinch the franchise's first postseason berth since 1981, and the first for a Washington-based team since the Washington Senators won the American League pennant in 1933. On October 1, the Nationals clinched the National League East division. On October 3, they went on to clinch the best record in Major League Baseball at 98-64. They finished the season with a 98-64 record and played the St. Louis Cardinals in the Divisional Series. On October 12, in Game 5 of the NLDS, they lost to the Cardinals 9-7 and were eliminated.

2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 84th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was held on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in Queens, New York City, the home of the New York Mets. This was the first time that the Mets have hosted an All-Star Game since 1964, the team's inaugural season at Shea Stadium, and the ninth time the All-Star Game was held in New York City. The game was last held in New York City in 2008, when the old Yankee Stadium hosted it in its final season before being demolished. It was televised in the United States on Fox.

The American League shut out the National League for the seventh time in All-Star game history, marking the first time that there have been shutouts in consecutive All-Star games.

2013 Philadelphia Phillies season

The Philadelphia Phillies 2013 season was the 131st season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies played their first game of the season against the Atlanta Braves on April 1.

2013 Washington Nationals season

The 2013 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' ninth season for the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the sixth season at Nationals Park, and the 45th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Nationals finished the year 2nd place in the National League East division with an 86-76 record, but were unable to return to the postseason after their division-winning 2012 campaign. The 2013 season was also the last with manager Davey Johnson, who retired following the end of the season.

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2014 Washington Nationals season

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2015 Washington Nationals season

The 2015 Washington Nationals season was the Nationals' 11th season as the baseball franchise of Major League Baseball in the District of Columbia, the eighth season at Nationals Park, and the 47th since the original team was started in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The team finished in second place in the National League East with a record of 83–79. Manager Matt Williams and the entire coaching staff were dismissed at the conclusion of the season.

2016 Detroit Tigers season

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Bases on balls per nine innings pitched

In baseball statistics, bases on balls per nine innings pitched (BB/9IP or BB/9) or walks per nine innings (denoted by W/9) is the average number of bases on balls, (or walks) given up by a pitcher per nine innings pitched. It is determined by multiplying the number of bases on balls allowed by nine, and dividing by the number of innings pitched. It is a measure of the bases on balls ability of a pitcher.

Bob Carpenter (sportscaster)

Bob Carpenter (born 1953) is a long-time sportscaster and current television play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals on MASN. He attended William Cullen McBride High School in St. Louis, Missouri, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Bobby Burke

Robert James Burke (January 23, 1907 – February 8, 1971) was a pitcher for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Phillies.

He helped the Senators win the 1933 American League Pennant.

In 10 seasons he had a 38-46 Win–Loss record, 254 Games, 88 Games Started, 27 Complete Games, 4 Shutouts, 93 Games Finished, 5 Saves, 918 ⅔ Innings Pitched, 926 Hits Allowed, 506 Runs Allowed, 437 Earned Runs Allowed, 35 Home Runs Allowed, 360 Walks Allowed, 299 Strikeouts, 24 Hit Batsmen, 16 Wild Pitches, 3,985 Batters Faced, 3 Balks and a 4.28 ERA.

On August 8, 1931, while with the Senators, Burke no-hit the Boston Red Sox 5-0 at Griffith Stadium. It was the last no-hitter by a Washington-area Major League Baseball team until Jordan Zimmermann on September 28, 2014. [1]

Dennis Martínez's perfect game

On July 28, 1991, Dennis Martínez of the Montreal Expos pitched the 13th perfect game in Major League Baseball history, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-0 at Dodger Stadium. A native of Granada, Nicaragua, Martínez became the first pitcher born outside of the United States to pitch a perfect game. (He has since been joined by Venezuela native Félix Hernández, who pitched a perfect game in 2012.) The perfect game also made the Dodgers, the losing team in Tom Browning's perfect game in 1988, the first team to be on the losing end of consecutive perfect games; they have since been joined by the Tampa Bay Rays, who were the losing team in Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009 and Dallas Braden's perfect game the following year. After completing the perfect game, Martínez slowly walked into the Dodger Stadium dugout, sat down by himself and cried.

The perfect game is the last of four no-hitters in Montreal Expos history, Bill Stoneman having pitched two, in 1969 (the franchise's inaugural season, and only nine games into its history) and 1972, and Charlie Lea in 1981. After the 2004 season, the franchise moved to Washington, D.C., where it became the Washington Nationals, and would not record the first no-hitter in its Washington history until Jordan Zimmermann no-hit the Miami Marlins on September 28, 2014.

George Uhle

George Ernest Uhle (September 18, 1898 – February 26, 1985) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, he began his playing career with his hometown Cleveland Indians. After ten seasons, during which time he led the American League in wins, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, and games started, he was traded in 1928 to the Detroit Tigers for Jackie Tavener and Ken Holloway. He went on to play with the New York Giants, New York Yankees, and again with the Indians. When his career ended in 1936, he had won 200 games. His lifetime batting average of .289 (393-for-1360) is still a record for a pitcher (not playing at any other position)

On May 25, 1929, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-5 in 21 innings. Uhle, who was the winning pitcher, pitched twenty innings to earn his eighth win of the season with no losses. The losing pitcher, Ted Lyons, pitched all 21 innings for Chicago.

Babe Ruth himself credited George with being the toughest pitcher he ever faced, although Ruth batted .336 against Uhle. Out of 714 career home runs, he got only four off Uhle. Uhle had the second most strikeouts of Ruth by a pitcher, with 25. Only Lefty Grove had more, with 27.

He was buried at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Rocky River, Ohio.

Harry Coveleski

Harry Frank Coveleski (April 23, 1886 – August 4, 1950) was a Major League Baseball pitcher with the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Detroit Tigers.

Lewis Yocum

Lewis Yocum (November 8, 1947 – May 25, 2013) was an American orthopedic surgeon.Born in Chicago, Illinois, Yocum earned his undergraduate degree at Western Illinois University in 1969, his medical doctorate at the University of Illinois in 1973, after which he completed both his internship and residency at Northwestern University in Chicago.Yocum gained prestige by extending the careers of several Major League Baseball players, by repairing injuries that once would have ended their playing days. He also served as the team physician to the Los Angeles Angels major league club during 36 years, and was a specialist consultant to numerous dance companies based in Los Angeles.Specialized in sports medicine, shoulder, elbow and knees, Yocum worked along with Frank Jobe, who performed the original Tommy John surgery. He was also a panel reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, a board trustee at Centinela Hospital Medical Center, and authored numerous publications and books. The Los Angeles Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic was founded by Jobe, who shared the workplace and a close friendship with Yocum for 35 years. Along with James Andrews, Yocum and Jobe became the most renowned orthopedic surgeons for professional sports people.

The careers of countless big leaguers benefited from Yocum's expertise, among others pitchers Ted Lilly (knee), Stephen Strasburg (Tommy John), C. J. Wilson (elbow) and Jordan Zimmermann (Tommy John), as well as outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (ribs), slugger Kendry Morales (leg repair) and infielder Dustin Pedroia (foot).In May 2013, the Angels club named their training room in his honor, with pitcher Jered Weaver placing a placard with Yocum's name above the room's door in the clubhouse. Although Yocum never operated on Weaver, the pitcher often talked with him about anything he was feeling.Yocum died in Manhattan Beach, California at the age of 65, following complications from liver cancer. He was married to whom he referred to friends as "the love of his life" Elizabeth B. Yocum with whom he had two children with: Donald James Yocum and Laura Elizabeth. Dr. Yocum also leaves behind a granddaughter name unknown, but whom sources state was the joy of his life. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and anyone whom had the pleasure of coming in contact with him God Rest His Soul In Peace

Major League Baseball Pitcher of the Month Award

The Pitcher of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league for each month of the regular season. The National League started recognizing the award in 1975. The American League followed in 1979. Upon the introduction of each league's award, pitchers became ineligible for the (position players') player of the month award.

Mike Moore (baseball)

Michael Wayne Moore (born November 26, 1959), is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.

In college Moore pitched for Oral Roberts University, going 28-11 with an ERA of 2.64. The Seattle Mariners drafted him with the first pick overall in the 1981 MLB amateur draft. During a 14-year baseball career, Moore pitched for the Mariners (1982–1988), Oakland Athletics (1989–1992) and the Detroit Tigers (1993–1995).

He made his Major League Baseball debut on April 11, 1982, and played his final game on August 31, 1995. His career concluded with a regular season win-loss record of 161-176 with a 4.39 earned run average, 79 complete games, and 16 shutouts in 450 games pitched (2,831.7 innings pitched). Moore was elected to the American League All-Star team in 1989 and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting.

Moore played for the Athletics in two World Series. He was a member of the A's team that swept the San Francisco Giants in the 1989 World Series, starting and winning two of the four games, and hitting a double as well. He was also on the A's team that lost to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1990 World Series. In 5 postseason series, Moore compiled a 3-2 won-loss record with a 3.29 earned run average.

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