St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Rays have re-signed Don
Zimmer as senior baseball advisor.
Zimmer will enter his 10th season with the Rays and 65th in professional
"I couldn't be happier," said Zimmer. "The organization has always been great
to me. I can't thank them enough."
The 81-year-old Zimmer serves as a coach and advisor during spring training
and for pregame practices at all home games. He has been a major league coach
or manager every year since 1971 after a 12-year playing career.
"Zim has been a valuable resource not only for our players and coaching staff,
but for our front office as well," said Rays executive vice president of
baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "We are excited that he will be returning
for another season in our uniform, and look forward to many more."
Zimmer joined the Rays in 2004 after 10 years with the New York Yankees,
including eight as bench coach under manager Joe Torre. In all, Zimmer has
worn a uniform for 13 different major league teams.
The Ohio native spent 13 years as a major league manager, and accumulated a
record of 885-858 during stints with San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Chicago
Cubs. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 1989 after he
led the Cubs to an Eastern Division title.
Zimmer's playing career lasted 12 years (1954-65) as an infielder with the
Dodgers (Brooklyn and Los Angeles), Cubs, Mets, Reds and Washington Senators.
He has collected six World Series rings -- four as a coach with the Yankees
and two as a player -- with Brooklyn in 1955 and Los Angeles in 1959.
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