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Zimmer will return to Rays in 2013

Posted Nov 1, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated Nov 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

ST. PETERSBURG Don Zimmer will wear a new number in 2013 – 65 representing his 65th year in professional baseball.

The Tampa Bay Rays senior advisor who turns 82 in January returns for his 10th season as the Rays senior advisor.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Zimmer said in a statement released by the team. “The organization has always been great to me. I can’t thank them enough.”

This will be Zimmer’s 55th year at the major league level as a player, coach, manager or senior advisor/coach.

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

Zimmer undergoes daily dialysis treatment for his kidneys but is healthy enough to continue his role as coach/advisor during spring training and pregame practice before all home games.

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