Rays retain Zimmer as adviser

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, Last Updated: 2:06 PM ET

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday re-signed senior baseball adviser Don Zimmer for the 2011 season.

Zimmer, 79, returns for his eighth season with the Rays. It will also mark the 63rd year he has been associated with professional baseball.

"We're excited that Zim is returning to our staff," said Rays executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman. "He is a constant resource for coaches and players alike, and a great asset to our entire organization."

Zimmer will continue to be in uniform as a coach during spring training as well as for pre-game practices at all regular season home games.

The Ohio native spent 13 years as a major league manager, and accumulated a record of 885-858 during stints with San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Chicago Cubs. He was named the National League Manager of the Year in 1989 after he led the Cubs to an Eastern Division title.

Zimmer's playing career lasted 12 years (1954-65) as an infielder with the Dodgers (Brooklyn and Los Angeles), Cubs, Mets, Reds and Washington Senators.

He has collected six World Series rings -- four as a coach with the New York Yankees and two as a player -- with Brooklyn in 1955 and Los Angeles in 1959.

The Rays also re-signed pitching coach assistant Stan Boroski.


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