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

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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