Rays dedicate 'Don Zimmer Way' path at spring complex

Rays dedicate 'Don Zimmer Way' path at spring complex

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Before the Rays took the field Saturday for their first full-squad workout at Charlotte Sports Park, the late Don Zimmer was honored in a brief ceremony.

A "Don Zimmer Way" sign will now designate a path within the complex.

Zimmer died June 4 at the age of 83 after a lengthy illiness. His last position in baseball was as a senior advisor for the Rays, a role that included assisting the team during Spring Training and during home games. He did manage to join the team briefly during Spring Training last season.

Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Matt Silverman fondly recalled Zimmer during a brief ceremony with players circled around him as he spoke.

Silverman noted that Charlotte County expressed to the Rays that it was seeking a way to honor Zimmer and his presence and impact in Port Charlotte.

"It's the path he used to drive his golf cart back and forth on and it's a great way to honor him," Silverman said. "It's a great idea."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.