Jordan Zimmermann’s career through the eyes of where it all started: Auburndale

Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 11:09 PM CDT
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AUBURNDALE, Wis. (WSAW) -Before Jordan Zimmermann made magic on the mound in Auburndale, he did it behind the dish.

“The funny thing is, he was an outstanding catcher,” says Mark Brost, Zimmermann’s high school coach. “There was nobody could steal on him already as a freshman.”

“His sophomore year, he’s kind of this skinny, kind of dorky looking dude, and he’s catching,” explains Jake Frombach, Zimmermann’s collegiate teammate who also played against him in high school at Stratford. “Well, I (think) I can steal on him no problem, and I think he threw me out by like two or three steps.”

The arm talent was obvious. When he finally had a regular spot in the Auburndale rotation, he was on a different level than everyone else.

“He was a man playing with boys,” Brost says bluntly. “When we put him on the mound, flat out, we were going to win games.”

Auburndale propelled Zimmermann to a decorated run at UW-Stevens Point, followed by a big league career with many notable moments.

It was only appropriate that his baseball career ended in Wisconsin.

“Just the community in general, there’s a lot of people that have been following him and rooting for him all along,” says Aaron Linzmeier, Zimmermann’s longtime friend and the best man at his wedding. “Just to have it culminate with the Brewers is really kind of a story that’s hard to beat.”

Zimmermann had plenty of success, accolades, and made a lot of money.

It never changed him.

“I would say not the slightest has changed his personality, or the way he treats other people,” Linzmeier says. “That’s a true testament, I mean, that can go the other way in a hurry.”

As the major league chapter of his life ends, Zimmermann comes home to an Auburndale community grateful for everything he did.

“I was so fortunate to coach him,” says Brost. “I’m just so proud of for his accomplishments and things that he’s done, and I know the community has those same feelings.”

As for what’s in Zimmermann’s future? The one thing every person interviewed said: hunting and fishing, with maybe some coaching on the side.

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