Jim Leyland Talks About Rays Don Zimmer

Former Tigers Skipper Shared His Memories Of Rays Don Zimmer

Jim Leyland was at Tropicana Field Saturday afternoon to honor his friend Don Zimmer who passed away Wednesday at the age of 83.

He spoke about their time at the track which was a common theme among all of Zimmer’s friends as he was a big fan of the horses.

Leyland was quick to point out that Zimmer was more than just the lovable character that we have come to know over the last several years. He reminded everyone that Zimmer was a brilliant baseball mind who was known coast to coast – managing both in Boston and San Diego – Chicago to Texas.

He never worried about second guessing himself and always put his teams in the best position to win.

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