Lincoln’s Zammarelli retires from pro baseball

Lincoln’s Zammarelli retires from pro baseball

LINCOLN – Lincoln’s Nick Zammarelli, who earned multiple All-Star honors during his four seasons as a minor league player in the Seattle Mariners organization, announced his retirement from professional baseball on his Instagram account Monday.

The 26-year-old Zammarelli, who was playing for the Kane County Cougars in the American Association, was batting .196 (27-for-138) with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 39 games for the Cougars.

On Sunday afternoon, he went 2-for-3 and got hit by a pitch in the Cougars’ doubleheader split with the Cleburne Railroaders.

“Twenty-three years ago, I picked up a baseball bat for the first time and never put it down, until now,” Zammarelli wrote on his account. “Baseball has been my life and has given me, a kid from Lincoln, R.I., the chance to live out my dreams. It’s a sad day, but I look forward to this next chapter in my life. Thank you to my fiancee, family, and friends for being the best support system and with me every step of the way during my career.”

Zammarelli, who like every minor leaguer, did not play last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, graduated from Lincoln High in 2013 and was picked in the eighth round of the MLB Draft by the Mariners three years later as a junior at Elon University in North Carolina.

In his four years in the Mariners’ system, which included the 2019 season in Double-A with the Arkansas Travelers, Zammarelli, who mostly played first base and the corner outfield spots, played in 399 games and batted .275 (402-for-1,460) with 187 runs scored, 87 doubles, 30 home runs, and 189 RBIs.