Former Red Sox manager Don Zimmer died on Wednesday, his son Tom told the Tampa Bay Times. He was 83 years old.
Zimmer had been involved in professional baseball since 1949, playing 12 MLB seasons with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and Washington Senators. He was an NL All-Star in 1961 with the Cubs.
He served as an MLB manager for 13 years, including five with the Red Sox from 1976-80. Zimmer also won four World Series rings as a bench coach with the Yankees. He had been a senior baseball adviser to the Tampa Bay Rays since 2004, with 2014 marking his 11th season with the organization.
He is survived by his wife, Jean (Soot), son, Tom, daughter, Donna, and four grandchildren.Jeff Pini can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @JeffPini