Former MLB player and coaching legend Don Zimmer passes
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)
RIP, Don Zimmer. One of the all-time greats.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 5, 2014
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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