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Old 06-04-2014, 08:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Don Zimmer dead at 83

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One of baseball's most beloved characters, Rest in Peace

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Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the game endured through more than 60 years as a player, manager, coach and adviser, died Wednesday in Florida. He was 83.
His death was announced by the Tampa Bay Rays, a team he served recently as a senior adviser. Zimmer had surgery April 16 to repair a leaky heart valve, according to The Tampa Tribune.
Zimmer had been having kidney dialysis since May 2012 after falling into a diabetic coma at his home. But he continued to visit the Rays’ Tropicana Field when he could.
Zimmer was married on a baseball diamond in 1951, and it seemed he never left the ball field.
He played the infield for the Brooklyn Dodgers’ only World Series championship team, he was an original member of the Mets and he was Yankee Manager Joe Torre’s confidant as his bench coach on four World Series championship teams. He filled in as the Yankees’ manager for 36 games in 1999 when Torre was being treated for prostate cancer.
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RIP

I feel bad the thing I remember him for was being thrown down to the ground by Pedro Martinez.
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