Don Zimmer dies at 83

Don Zimmer dies at 83

Posted: Updated:
Don Zimmer during the 2000 World Series at Yankee Stadium. (AP photo/Amy Sancetta) Don Zimmer during the 2000 World Series at Yankee Stadium. (AP photo/Amy Sancetta)

Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer died Wednesday, according to the Tampa Bay Rays. He was 83.

Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April, the AP reported.

He spent more than 60 years in baseball. Most recently, he served as a senior adviser for the Rays. Zimmer also was a coach for the New York Yankees from 1996 to 2003, during which the team won four World Series titles and six American League pennants. Joe Torre, who was manager of the Yankees during those years and is now an executive for Major League Baseball, issued a statement about his old friend.

"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," Torre said. "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."

Zimmer managed the San Diego Padres, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs.

Zimmer -- whose nicknames included Popeye, Zip, and the Gerbil -- was a utility infielder for 12 seasons with the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Reds, and Senators.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

  • Bronx NewsBronx NewsMore>>

  • Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki to run New York City Marathon

    Wozniacki to run NYC Marathon

    Thursday, July 31 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-07-31 20:42:50 GMT
    Former No. 1-ranked tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon. She said Thursday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year.
    Former No. 1-ranked tennis star Caroline Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon. She said Thursday that she long had wanted to do a marathon and decided before Wimbledon that she could pull it off this year.
  • 5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    5 annoying things about the New York City subway

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:55:21 GMT
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
    Subway problems are annoying, but it’s just a part of living in New York City. Public transportation isn’t glamorous. It’s a pain. It’s a convenience that can cause an inconvenience. Here is a list of five annoying things about the subway system.
  • US issues travel warning over Ebola

    US issues travel warning over Ebola

    Thursday, July 31 2014 2:22 PM EDT2014-07-31 18:22:47 GMT
    U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history.  The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
    U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history.  The travel advisory applies to non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices