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Ryan Zimmerman

Ryan Zimmerman

Who is Ryan Zimmerman?

Ryan Zimmerman is a professional baseball player from the United States. Ryan Zimmerman was the first baseman for the Major League Baseball (MLB) Washington Nationals.

Zimmerman, a former shortstop, turned to the hot corner in college and became one of his sport’s most exciting prospects.

The former baseball player was drafted in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Washington Nationals.

He is known for his clutch hitting and walk-off hits.

Before we get into his life and work, here are some fun facts about him.

Childhood, Families, and Education

Ryan Zimmerman was born in Washington, North Carolina on September 28, 1984. Keith Zimmerman and Cheryl Zimmerman are his parents.

Shawn Zimmerman, his younger brother, is three years younger than him.

His parents were both raised in Collegeville, Pennsylvania.

Keith and Cheryl, in fact, were both athletes from an early age.

Keith, his father, played third base at Atlantic Christian College, while Cheryl, his mother, was a runner and lacrosse player.

Later, in the early 1990s, the entire family relocated to Virginia Beach, where Ryan could further develop his athletic abilities.

His parents purchased a beachfront home for him to play baseball and learn to surf.

Both siblings emulated their parents’ athletic abilities. In their backyard, they spent most of their time playing baseball and sock ball.

While Ryan was on the floor, his mother, Cheryl, assisted as an assistant coach.

Ryan, his younger brother, pursued golf on his own.


Ryan attended school in Virginia Beach after moving there.

He received his diploma from Kellam High School.

Later, he proceeded to college and joined the University of Virginia’s baseball team.

Illness of Ryan’s Mother

Ryan’s upbringing was filled with joy and fond memories.

There was, however, one cause of concern for the entire family.

Cheryl, his mother, had been suffering from an unknown illness for many years.

Similarly, she was having difficulty jogging, and her hands would occasionally grow numb.

Finally, in 1995, when Ryan was 12, Cheryl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

Cheryl was stronger than her sickness, and she kept her work as a special education teacher.

Shown with his mother

However, everything changed when Cheryl was injured in a personal watercraft accident in 1998, which left her with 12 shattered vertebrae.

Cheryl’s regular activities were made more difficult by her injuries.

It was difficult for her to go from her school’s parking lot to her classroom.

She finally opted to utilize a wheelchair as a solution in 2000.

Ryan’s and the entire family’s lives changed dramatically as his mother’s disease progressed.

Ryan and Shawn took on extra chores around the house, such as laundry and meal preparation.

Unlike other children their age, both twins were obliged to mature quickly and build a thick skin for the world of difficulties.

Family Life, Wife, and Children

Ryan Zimmerman is married to Heather Downen, whom she met shortly after graduating from college and returning to the DC region.

They got engaged in 2012, just before the Nationals’ season opener.

Then, on January 12, 2013, they married in Annandale, Virginia.

Career as an Amateur

Ryan participated in the Amateur Athletic Union before beginning his college career (AAU).

As a high schooler, he was a member of a “showcase team” with Wright, Mark Reynolds, B.J., and Justine Upton in 2000.

Similarly, he played shortstop in high school at Kellam High School in Virginia Beach.

He also played in the spring and several summer and fall leagues.

Zimmerman hit his first home run in summer ball after his sophomore year of high school.

Later, as a result of his efforts, he was offered a scholarship by the Virginia Cavaliers baseball team.

He started all 174 games for the Virginia Cavaliers in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the course of three years.

During his undergraduate career, he had 250 hits, 140 RBIs, 128 runs, 47 doubles, seven triples, and nine home runs.

Zimmerman’s career totals rank among the top ten in Virginia statistical categories for doubles (5th), hits (6th), and RBI (7th).

He set the school-mark most hits in the 2004 season with 90, then later that year, he broke it with 92.

Zimmerman led his squad with a.393 average,581 slugging percentage, 136 total bases, 92 hits, 59 RBIs, and 51 runs during his last collegiate season.

He was regarded as one of 29 former UVA players to have made it to the major leagues in 2001. During his collegiate career, Zimmerman garnered numerous awards and honors, including:

More Facts about Ryan Zimmerman

Full name Ryan Wallace Zimmerman
Nickname Ryan Zimmerman
Birthdate 28 September 1984
Birthplace Washington, North Carolina, USA
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Religion Unknown
Horoscope Libra
Age 37 Years Old
Father’s name Keith Zimmerman
Mother’s name Cheryl Zimmerman
Sibling Shawn Zimmerman
Residence Virginia Beach
High School  Kellam High School
College University of Virginia
Marital status Married
Wife’s Name  Heather Downe
Ex-Girlfriends Unknown
Height 6 feet 3 inches (193 cm)
Weight 104 kgs
Body type Athletic
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Brown
Profession Baseball player
Position in team  First baseman / Third baseman
Current team  Washington Nationals
Jersey Number 11
Net worth $80 million
Contract 6 years / $100,000,000
Salary $16,666,667
Food Habits  Unknown
Tattoo  Unknown
Hobbies  Unknown
Social Media Facebook
Merch Bobblehead, Trading Card, Autographed Items, Rookie Card, Autographed Baseball
Last Update August 2022

Baseball Career

Ryan, who grew up with a passion for baseball, worked hard to make his goal a reality.

He sought refuge on the baseball diamond when he was grappling with the responsibilities of numerous difficulties.

Ryan Zimmerman
Ryan Zimmerman during the match, Source; Yardbarker

His dedication and hard work enabled him to advance far and wide in the baseball industry.

Ryan’s career can be divided into the following categories:

Baseball American named him an All-American (2005)

  • All-ACC selection in 2005
  • The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association named him an All-American (2005)
  • Player of the Year at VaSID
  • ACC All-Tournament Team in 2005

Baseball Around the World

Ryan made his USA Baseball National Team debut at third base in 2004.

He spent the summer competing for Team USA.

Similarly, Zimmerman started 18 of the 24 games, leading the team in batting average (.468), hits (36), RBI (27), runs (25), 12 doubles, and four home runs,805 slugging percentage, and 62 bases.

Zimmerman earned the team Triple Crown with a fielding percentage of.933.

Similarly, his.468 batting average earned him the World University Championship tournament MVP.

He received the USA Baseball Richard W.

Professional Development Season 2005

Ryan’s baseball career began when he was picked as the fourth overall choice in the first round.

In the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft, he was selected by the Washington Nationals.

After signing, he was assigned to the Savannah San Gnats and promptly promoted to the AA club, the Harrisburg Senators.

Zimmerman hit his first major league double to right center at RFK Stadium.

In 58 at-bats, he batted.397 with ten doubles and six RBIs in 20 games.

He was the only member of the 2005 class to hit over.300 in at least 50 at-bats.

Season 2006

Zimmerman replaced Castilla at third base and remained with the Major League club for the 2006 season.

In 2006, he hit his first Major League home run against All-Star closer Billy Wagner at 93 mph.

Zimmerman blasted his 20th home run of the season against the Philadelphia Phillies.

During his first two seasons as the nation’s third baseman, he was regarded as a hometown hero.

Ryan is a hero in his own community.

He had set a goal of 12 home runs and 60 RBIs for his rookie infielder.

He did, however, exceed those expectations by hitting 20 home runs and driving in 110 runs.

He finished the 2006 season with 156 at-bats, 47 doubles, three triples, and 11 steals.

Season 2007

Ryan Zimmerman received a minor raise of $400,000 per year at the start of the season.

He blasted a two-out go-ahead home run in the first inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs.

In August 2007, Zimmerman had his first career multi-homer day.

In a 12-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, he launched a two-run homer in the sixth inning.

During his offseason, he participated in a home run derby fundraiser for Grassfield High School in November.

Unfortunately, owing to a broken wrist, he was unable to finish the season.

Season 2008

The Washington Nationals faced the Atlanta Braves in the first regular-season big league baseball game in March.

Zimmerman, the golden hand, blasted a walk-off home run in the game, giving the Nationals a 3-2 victory.

Zimmerman slugs a home run.

The home run was regarded as the first by a Nationals player in the new ballpark’s history. Zimmerman, however, was placed on the injured list owing to a minor labral tear in his left shoulder.

Later, on July 22, 2008, he returned to the organization after a brief minor league stint.

Season 2009

Ryan Zimmerman agreed to terms with the Nationals on a five-year, $45 million contract through the 2013 season.

He broke the record for the longest such streak when he batted safely in 30 consecutive games against the Giants.

Later, on July 5th, he was named to his first All-Star Game.

On November 11, Zimmerman was named the National League’s finest fielding third baseman, earning him a Gold Glove Award.

Similarly, Zimmerman received the Silver Slugger Award as the league’s finest offensive third baseman.

He also received a Fielding Bible Award for being the finest fielding third baseman in Major League Baseball.

Season 2010

Zimmerman became the second player drafted in 2005 to hit his 100th career home homer.

He has 25 home runs and 85 RBIs in 2010 and had his first.300 batting average with.307.

On November 11, 2010, he also received his second Silver Slugger Award at third base.

Season 2011

Ryan Zimmerman got injured at the start of his season and was placed on the 15-day DL due to an abdominal injury.

He did, however, return to play against the Cardinals on June 14th.

Zimmerman hit a walk-off grand slam in a game against the Phillies, giving the Nationals an 8-4 victory.

Season 2012

Zimmerman agreed to a 6-year contract deal of $100 million through 2019.

On April 27th, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to shoulder irritation. He did, however, return to the game on May 6.

Zimmerman is a national team player.

Due to shoulder soreness, Zimmerman struggled in his first 55 games, hitting only.

218 with three home runs. To relieve his agony, he was given a cortisone shot.

Later, he was able to improve his performance, for which he was named NL Player of the Week.

Season 2013

Zimmerman was plagued by scar tissue on his right shoulder, which necessitated arthroscopic surgery.

The majority of his time was spent recovering in preparation for the upcoming season.

Finally, on May 29, he hit his first three home runs in a loss to the Orioles.

Over the course of the season, he batted.275 with 26 home runs, 79 runs batted in, and 6 stolen bases in 147 games.

Season 2017

Ryan Zimmerman was elected to the National League All-Star team as a first baseman, his first selection since 2009.

On August 9, Ryan set the franchise record for most runs batted in with his 906th RBI on a single home run against the Miami Marlins.

By the end of the season, Zimmerman had a career-high 36 home runs, 108 RBI, and a.303 batting average in 144 games.

In addition, he received the 2017 Players Choice Award.

Season 2018/2019

Due to an oblique injury, he was forced to miss nearly half of the 2018 season.

Zimmerman hit the first World Series home run in Nationals franchise history on October 22, 2019.

Following that, the Nationals won it for the first time in franchise history.

Season 2020/2021

Zimmerman became a free agent for the first time in his career after the Nationals opted to let him go.

On the 28th of January, he signed a one-year contract worth $2 million with the Nationals.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Zimmerman has decided not to play in the 2020 season.

He resigned from a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nationals later in 2021.


The baseballer’s Wins Above Replacement is 39.8, and his At-Bats is 6609.

Likewise, he has 1834 hits while hitting 282 home runs.

His batting average is.278 and he has 958 runs scored.

Find out more about his statistics and splits from ESPN, Fangraphs, and Rotoworld.

Heather Downen, Zimmerman’s wife

Ryan Zimmerman established the ziMS Foundation in memory of his mother, who was diagnosed with MS.

Heather has spent the majority of her time assisting in the operation of the ziMS charity foundation.

The couple is also blessed with two children. Mackenzie, their first child, was born in November 2013.

In contrast, their second child, Hayden, was born in June 2016.

Heather, Ryan’s wife, announces her pregnancy with a baby boy!

Ryan’s wife, Heather, is expecting their third child.

It has been revealed that this will be their first boy kid, with a June due date.

The announcement was made on Twitter.

Salary and Net Worth

As of 2019, the American professional baseball player has a net worth of more than $80 million.

His net worth is primarily derived from his professional career.

In addition, he is paid $16,666,667 a year by his team, the Washington Nationals.

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