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Don Zimmer: 1931-2014

Jun 4, 2014, 9:11 PM EDT

Sad news here from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times

Zimmer played in the majors for 12 years (1954-1965) and spent the next several decades around the game as a manager and coach. His résumé included time on-staff with the Expos, Padres, Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Giants, Rockies, Rays, and Rangers. Zimmer was truly one of the great baseball ambassadors.

Appropriate or not, he might be remembered most for charging at Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS:

  1. randygnyc - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    God Bless Zim. RIP. Baseballs version of a lifetime soldier

    • trucker2020 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:26 PM

      I couldn’t agree more.Lot’s of millionaires owe Zimmer for their fortunes.RIP Mr Zimmer.

    • mick2014 - Jun 5, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      60 years in baseball and he is only remembered for trying to be a crazy old man attacking Pedro..Old man ruined his legacy.

      • cur'68 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:02 AM

        You are an unmitigated dick. Get lost.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Mick…you truly are a penishead. This is just a blip on his remarkable career.
        I bet you’re a wonderful person to hang out with. When compared to staying home and turning my eyelids inside out of course.

  2. [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    RIP 😦

  3. fissels - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    His was a life to be celebrated

  4. rbj1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    RIP. He’s also responsible for the fences in front of the dugout. Foul ball goes into the Yankees dugout when he was Torre’s bench coach hits him in the coconut. Soon after, they started popping up.

  5. hojo20 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    RIP ZIM!!! A true baseball lifer.

  6. navyeoddavee9 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:21 PM


  7. mikhelb - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Goodbye Zimmer, el soldadito (little soldier), as he was called in spanish.

    Has got to be a hard blow for Jeter, Zimmer was always his “lucky charm” and would rub Zim’s heas before each game.

    Sad day in baseball.

  8. johnnysoda - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    A true baseball legend. Goodbye, Zim.

  9. bux1022 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Rip have one with Boss!!

  10. babyfarkmcgeezax - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    I literally was, just last night, randomly wondering out of the blue if Don Zimmer would be remembered by most for his altercation with Pedro Martinez when he passed away. The timing is a little eery considering that, but rest in peace, Mr. Zimmer. A baseball lifer.

  11. serbingood - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    He was NOT in it for the money. A rare breed has passed.

  12. cubb1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    RIP Popeye. You will always be missed by the Wrigley faithful.

  13. indaburg - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Zim was an ambassador for baseball and a fixture at the Trop since 2004. I’ll miss seeing his cherubic smile.

  14. timmons94 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:36 PM

    Hard not to love that guy…rip don …

  15. trapshoot - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    RIP Popeye. They don’t make ’em like you anymore.

  16. raysfan1 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Zim was a big part of making the Rays a contender. He will be sorely missed. RIP.

  17. brucewayne3561 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Baseball has lost one of the true great ones! R.I.P. ZIM

  18. clydeserra - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    That is messed up that you think that is what he is best known for.

    • kcroyal - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      It’s the first thing I thought of.

  19. nottinghamforest13 - Jun 4, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    If he can go…

  20. ducksk - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    Old school guy. Hate losing them. RIP

  21. 18thstreet - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Hard to believe they blew a 14-game lead. Shouldn’t have given Fisk all those days off. I guess the team was cursed or something.

  22. nbjays - Jun 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Don Zimmer was a fortunate man indeed to be able to spend so many years in and around this game we all love. He loved baseball and baseball loved him right back.

    R.I.P Zim! You will be missed.

    • cur'68 - Jun 5, 2014 at 2:03 AM

      Agreed. He made me smile, every time I saw him. I’m going to miss his face in and around baseball.

  23. padraighansen - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    Man, Zim was one of kind. I hate seeing this clip because I have to listen to McCarver, who is truly one of the worst color guys of all time.

    As for Zim, what a great life he had. i really wish he would have sat with Uecker and called some Brewer games. In fact, the hell with the play-by-play, I would’ve just loved to hear those two guys tell baseball stories.

  24. aceshigh11 - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    What an amazing career. RIP, Mr. Zimmer.

  25. 9foldmuse - Jun 5, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    No Mr Silva, not appropriate at all. His contributions to the game should not be overwhelmed by a sensationalistic aberration in which Martinez, in almost gentlemanly fashion, decided not to clock an elderly man. RIP Zim.

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