Ryan Zimmerman is a professional baseball player known for his clutch hitting and walk-off hits. The veteran is currently the first baseman to play for the major league baseball team, the Washington Nationals, which he has represented since being drafted to the national team in 2005.
Ryan Zimmerman was born Ryan Wallace Zimmerman on September 28, 1984, in Washington, North Carolina, as the son of his parents Keith and Cheryl Zimmerman. His father Keith was a baseball player who played third base at Atlantic Christian College, while his mother was a Cheryl lacrosse player and runner. He only has one sibling, a brother named Shawn, who was born three years after him.
After moving to Virginia Beach, Virginia in the 1990s, Ryan Zimmerman began following in his parents’ footsteps and becoming an athlete. During his childhood, he and his brother played baseball extensively. His main interest was also surfing, which was triggered by the fact that they lived in a house that was right on the beach. Another sport in which he blossomed was basketball, although he did not take it seriously.
When his mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995, life took a hard turn for the family. Her condition worsened in 1998 after she broke 12 of her vertebrae after an accident with a water scooter. The trauma she suffered accelerated the course of the disease, which now began to affect her ability to perform her daily activities.
Ryan, who was still a teenager during this difficult time, needed to grow up quickly and take responsibility for himself and his brother as he did more housework and was tasked with cooking dinner. His love for baseball grew even more as he found peace in the game.
Zimmerman played high school baseball for Kellam High School and other summer and fall leagues. He played mostly for the Tidewater Orioles, who had future big-league stars like David Wright and B.J. Upton. He later received a partial scholarship to study at the University of Virginia and play for the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team after impressing their coach during the 2002 Commonwealth games.
The school coaches transformed Ryan Zimmerman into a third baseman, a position he had never played in before. He started and played a total of 174 games. College awards he won along the way include 2005 All-American from Baseball America, 2005 All-American from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and the 2005 All-ACC selection. He was also named 2005 Player of the Year by Virginia College Sports Information Directors (VaSID).
Zimmerman qualified as a junior for the 2005 MLB Draft and was then selected by the Washington Nationals with the fourth overall selection. After a stint with the Savannah Sand Gnats, the Nationals’ minor league A side, and then with the Harrisburg Senators, Zimmerman was called up to the Major League when the roster was expanded in September 2005. Since then, he has played with the team to this day.
During his college years, Zimmerman led his team with an average of 0.393, a batting average of 0.581, 136 bases in total, 92 hits, 59 RBIs and 51 runs. In his rookie season, he was the only member of the team to score over .300 hits in at least 50 At Bats. Over the course of 20 games, he scored an average of .397 hits, 10 doubles and 6 RBIs in 58 at-bats.
Currently, Ryan Zimmerman has played over 1585 games in his career to date. He scored a batting average of 0.279, a batting average of 0.475, 374 doubles, 1689 hits, 953 RBIs in 6055 at-bats.
Family – Who is his wife?
Ryan Zimmerman is married to Heather Zimmerman (née Downen). The couple got engaged in April 2012 after several years of engagement and married in January 2013. In November 2013 they welcomed their first child, a daughter named Mackenzie, in November 2013, and another daughter named Hayden in June 2016.
According to various sources, Heather Zimmerman studied journalism in college before becoming an associate producer on a news show. She also reportedly worked as a sales representative for a technical company, but quit to devote her time and resources to raising her children. However, she also helps to run her husband’s charity organization, the ziMS Foundation, which is dedicated to the healing of sclerosis.
Ryan Zimmerman’s Contract
Ryan Zimmerman’s contract with the Washington Nationals, which was signed in 2012, will bring him $126 million over an eight-year period. The contract contains a full no-trade clause and could be up to $150 million if he decides to stay on for another year.