Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer died Wednesday at the age of 83. Zimmer had heart surgery in mid-April and has been recovering at a rehab center near Dunedin, Florida where he passed away.
He had a long career in Major League Baseball, playing with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators until 1965 when he went into coaching. Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs, while also taking coaching roles with the Montreal Expos, New York Yankees (twice), San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Rays.
He was the 1989 National League Manager of the Year with the Cubs and he won World Series rings as a player with the Dodgers in 1955 and 1959, before winning four more with the Yankees as a bench coach in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000.
“I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game,” former manager and current MLB executive Joe Torre said in a statement. “The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life and my wife Ali’s. We loved him. The game of baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man.”