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Zimmer back with Rays for 65th year in pro ball

Zimmer back with Rays for 65th year in pro ball

Zimmer back with Rays for 65th year in pro ball
ST. PETERSBURG -- Don Zimmer will be back with the Rays in 2013 to again serve the team as a senior baseball advisor.

Zimmer's 10th season with the Rays will mark his 65th in professional baseball as a player, coach or manager.

"Zim has been a valuable resource not only for our players and coaching staff, but for our front office as well," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "We are excited that he will be returning for another season in our uniform and look forward to many more."

Zimmer, 81, said he "couldn't be happier."

"The organization has always been great to me," Zimmer said. "I can't thank them enough."

In his current role, Zimmer serves as a coach/advisor during Spring Training and for pregame practices at all home games. He has been a Major League coach or manager every year since 1971 following a 12-year playing career in the Major Leagues. He spent 10 years in the Minor Leagues and in Japan.

The Rays are one of 13 Major League teams for which Zimmer has worn a uniform. His 10th season with the Rays will match his longest tenure with one Major League club. He spent 10 years with the Yankees, including eight as bench coach for former New York manager Joe Torre, prior to joining the Rays in 2004.

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

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