The 15-year veteran first baseman, and face of the Nationals franchise, announced on June 29, that he would not take part in D.C.’s title defense. Zimmerman, 35, cited concerns about his family for his reason for opting out. Zimmerman has three children, including a one-month son. Zimmerman’s wife, according to the New York Times, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1995.
“I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for me and my family,” Zimmerman, a first baseman, said in a statement, “and I truly appreciate the organization’s understanding and support.”
Zimmerman will be a free agent after this season and made it clear he is not retiring.