Don Zimmer enjoyed baseball for 66 years as a player, manager, coach, and adviser. He died Wednesday at the age of 83. Zimmer enjoyed the game of baseball and his passion kept him invested for most of his life. He has been a senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays since 2004. In April Zimmer had a surgery that kept him from going to baseball as much as he would have liked. Zimmer was married on a baseball diamond back in 1951. Zimmer played in the majors for 12 seasons and managed for 13. Zimmer has a nickname of Popeye because of his bulging arm muscles on his short frame.Zimmer has a wife, son named Tom and a daughter named Donna plus four grandchildren.
“I’m 80 years old, and I thought I was playing,” he told The Charlotte Sun of Port Charlotte, Fla. “This matches everything. It’s crazy, it’s beautiful, it’s baseball.”
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