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Rays will honor Zimmer before today's game

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ST. PETERSBURG (FOX 13) - The Tampa Bay Rays will hold a special ceremony to honor the late Don Zimmer before Saturday's game against the Seattle Mariners.

Zimmer died Wednesday in Dunedin. He was 83. Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center since having heart surgery in mid-April.

He was a part of so much baseball history, including four World Series with the Yankees. He was a manager with the Padres, Rangers, Red Sox and of course the Chicago Cubs.

Zimmer, who was often called, "Zimm",  joined the Rays as a Senior Advisor in 2004. The organization said he was a lot more than just the face of the franchise. He was a trusted consultant, a friend to players, coaches, the front office and their families.

Rays head Coach Joe Maddon said Zimmer brought experience and wisdom that players respected.

“He’s a treasure. I’ve fortunate to be surrounded by people like Zimm in the past, we were very fortunate to have him here, and we miss him badly right now,” Maddon said.

Saturday's game starts at 4:10 p.m.

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