UVA to retire No. 11 for Ryan Zimmerman
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- On the heels of retiring after 16 seasons with the Washington Nationals, Virginia baseball announced the program will retire the No. 11 worn by Ryan Zimmerman on April 30.
UVA will honor Zimmerman in a special pregame ceremony on Ryan Zimmerman Day in the Commonwealth before the Cavaliers face Virginia Tech at Disharoon Park at 4 p.m. UVA Baseball Hall of Famer Ryan Zimmerman will be on hand to throw out the first pitch.
“Ryan Zimmerman embodies everything it means to be a Virginia baseball player,” head coach Brian O’Connor said. “He’s all class in everything he does, the way he played the game on the field, his leadership and professionalism makes him special. You can tell a lot about professional athletes when you ask, did they make their community better? You can certainly say that about Ryan in Washington, D.C. and right here in Charlottesville. I am excited to welcome Ryan Zimmerman back to Charlottesville so that our players, staff and fans can honor one of the truly great representatives of our baseball program and the entire University of Virginia.”
The number 11 becomes the second number to be retired in Virginia baseball program history, following longtime coach and administrator Jim West's No. 24 retired in 1992.
Zimmerman was a 2005 All-American and a two-time All-ACC honoree with the Cavaliers. He finished his career with the record for hits in a season -- which has since been passed -- and currently ranks third with 92 hits in a season and eighth in career hits with 250.
Drafted No. 4 in 2005, Zimmerman played all 16 years of his career with the Washington Nationals and ended his career as the franchise leader in nine different categories. The Nationals will also retire Zimmerman's No. 11 during a two-day celebration on June 17 and 18 at Nationals Park.