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Former Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer dies at 83

Don Zimmer, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues before serving as a manager, coach or advisor for more than four decades, has died, according to his grandson. He was 83.
(SportsNetwork.com) - Don Zimmer, who played 12 seasons in the major leagues before serving as a manager, coach or advisor for more than four decades, has died, according to his grandson. He was 83.

Beau Zimmer, a reporter for WTSP-TV in St. Petersburg, Florida, said his grandfather died Wednesday.

"Today I lost my 'Pops' the greatest grandfather anyone could ever ask for," Beau Zimmer wrote on Twitter. "Don Zimmer lived an amazing baseball life."

Zimmer was in his 11th season with the Tampa Bay Rays and served as a senior advisor for the team.

He joined the Rays in 2004 after spending 10 years with the New York Yankees, including eight as bench coach under manager Joe Torre.

In all, Zimmer wore a uniform for 14 different major league teams.


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