Phillies Nation

News

Long-time Phillies killer Ryan Zimmerman retiring


Ryan Zimmerman was a Phillies killer. (All-Pro Reels)

Ryan Zimmerman — who is one of the biggest Philadelphia Phillies killers of the last 25 years — announced Tuesday in a release from his representation at CAA that he’s retiring after 16 seasons with the Washington Nationals.

The 37-year-old spent his entire career with the Nationals, who selected him with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft out of the University of Virginia. Zimmerman was actually the first draft pick made by the Nationals after they relocated from Montreal.

Zimmerman debuted at age 20 in 2005, the first season of play for the Nationals. To this point, he’s appeared in every season that the Nationals have ever played, with the pandemic-shortened 2020 season being the exception because he elected to opt out.

The corner infielder will finish his career with a .277/.341/.475 slash line, 284 home runs and 1,061 RBIs. While Max Scherzer and Bryce Harper are probably the best players to play for the team in their brief time as the Nationals, if anyone will be remembered as “Mr. National,” it’s Zimmerman.

A two-time All-Star, Zimmerman homered 27 times against the Phillies in his career, while driving in 115 runs against them. However, Brad Lidge induced a double-play ball off Zimmerman’s bat to help the Phillies clinch the 2008 National League East title, en route to winning the franchise’s second World Series:

MORE FROM PHILLIES NATION

  1. New Phillies Catcher Garrett Stubbs May Prove To Be An Ideal Fit In Philadelphia
  2. Who Were The Best Hitting Pitchers To Play For The Phillies?
  3. Jimmy Rollins: There Were ‘Probably 2’ Hall of Famers On The 2008 Phillies
  4. Phillies Franchise Leaders In Home Runs
  5. Keith Law Ranks Phillies’ Farm System As Worst In National League
  6. This 2001 Top 10 Phillies Prospects List Is A Sight To Behold
  7. Scott Rolen Has A Real Chance At Getting Into The Hall Of Fame Next Year
  8. Forever Grateful’ For Phillies Fans, Roman Quinn Is Running At A Blazing Speed Again
  9. Jonathan Papelbon Says That The Most Talented Team He Played On Was With Phillies, Not Red Sox
  10. Top 6 Home Runs Of Ryan Howard’s Career

Phillies Nation has been bringing Phillies fans together since 2004 with non-stop news, analysis, trade rumors, trips, t-shirts, and other fun stuff!

Browse the Archives

Browse by Category

Copyright Phillies Nation, LLC 2004-2022
Not Affiliated with Major League Baseball or the Philadelphia Phillies

To Top