Wednesday, March 25, 2015


It's a tip cap to the Tampa Bay Rays this morning, and a small nugget you may not have seen if you only follow Yankee news.  Turns out the Rays will be retiring the late Don Zimmer's number 66. Job well done.

According to the Associated Press:

" Tampa Bay Rays will honor former longtime senior adviser Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before their April 6 season opener against Baltimore.

Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004-14. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14 major league teams as a player, coach, manager or adviser.

 ... The Rays have retired only two other numbers. Wade Boggs' No. 12 was retired in 1999, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired by all teams in 1997."

Zimmer played on the Brooklyn Dodgers with Jackie. Unbelievable to think about because it was a long, long time ago, but Zimmer has been a baseball man forever and the honor is fitting.

Hey Yanks... remember all those plaques that your giving away? Put Zimmer on the list, he earned it. Do it... like, right now! He was instrumental in many of those Yankee championships during the Torre Era. Have we forgotten?

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