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Don Zimmer Staying With Rays for 65th Season in Pro Baseball

November 01, 2012

Don Zimmer will be back with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013, his 65th year in professional baseball as a player, coach or manager.

Zimmer, 81, will be a coach and adviser during spring training and for pre-game practices at all home games in St. Petersburg, Florida, for the Major League Baseball club. This is his 10th year with the Rays, matching his 10-year tenure with the New York Yankees during three different stints, most recently from 1996 to 2003.

“Zim has been a valuable resource not only for our players and coaching staff, but for our front office as well,” Rays Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said in a statement on the team’s website.

Zimmer was the 1989 National League Manager of the Year with the Chicago Cubs and has worked as a manager or coach in the majors every year since 1971, including time with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. He had a 12-year major-league playing career and also spent 10 years in the minor leagues and in Japan.

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