Longtime baseball fixture Don Zimmer dies at 83

Former manager Don Zimmer watches Tampa Bay Rays batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's American League division series playoffs against the Texas Rangers Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Former manager Don Zimmer watches Tampa Bay Rays batting practice before Game 1 of baseball's American League division series playoffs against the Texas Rangers Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83.

Zimmer died Wednesday.

He had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April.

Zimmer spent more than 60 years in baseball.

He was a senior adviser for the Rays.

After starting as a minor league infielder in 1949, Zimmer went on to have one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.

Zimmer played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series and the original New York Mets, nearly managed the Boston Red Sox to a championship in the 1970s and was Joe Torre’s right-hand man with the New York Yankees’ most recent dynasty.

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