Former MLB player and coaching legend Don Zimmer passes

  • David Whitlock

Sad news around major league baseball, as Don Zimmer has passed away at the age of 83.  Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports was among many media tweeting the sad news (via @ken_rosenthal)

Zimmer had a 12-year MLB career with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Senators, including an All-Star appearance in 1961.  He was part of two Dodgers World Series Champion teams in 1955 and 1959 (note in two different cities).  He was also a managerial winner of 885 games with the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs. Zimm stayed in baseball well beyond his managerial days, also known as a trusty assistant to New York Yankees skipper Joe Torre during the Yankees recently dynasty (including filling in for the Torre when he received treatment for prostate cancer in 1999).  Many remember his “run in” with Red Sox ace Pedro Martinez during a brawl during Game 3 of the 2003 ALCS.

“Popeye” will be missed both for his vast baseball experience and clubhouse demeanor.

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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