Former Yankees Bench Coach Don Zimmer Dies at 83
Don Zimmer, best known as the Yankees bench coach from 1996 to 2003, and a pivotal part in helping lead the club to four World Series, has died at the age of 83. His son Beau confirmed his passing in THIS TWEET
Zimmer played for 12 seasons in the MLB (Started in Brooklyn in 1954 for the Dodgers, and then in Los Angeles when the club later relocated). He retired from playing after 1965 and then went on to coach in the minors before becoming the third base coach (and later Manager) for the Red Sox in the 1970’s. He would serve two stints with the Yankees in 1983 and then in 1986. He also coached for the then expansion Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 1995.
Once back with the Yankees, he worked closely with then manager, Joe Torre. One infamous highlight New York sports fans will never forget was his fight with Red Sox ace, Pedro Martinez, during the 2003 ALCS.