Wednesday, March 19, 2014

PURSUE THE PENNANTS: #233 DON ZIMMER


DON'T MESS WITH ZIM.



THE CLASSIC ''INTANGIBLES PLAYER.''



WHO'S THE HERO?

  • Don Zimmer is in his 66th year in baseball, the last 11 with the Rays as a senior adviser. He's most known as a player, manager and foil for Bill Lee in the 1970s. Zim's career as a major-league player ended in '65 after slashing .199/.284/.252, his third with the Senators.

WHY IT'S SLICK

  • Zimmer looks like he just exchanged blows with Sonny Liston, cheating death once again.

GROOVY BITS

  • A beaning in '53 in Triple A nearly killed him, but he made the Dodgers roster the next season. He was beaned again in '56 and suffered a broken cheekbone. He was as unlucky as he was tough.
  • In his final season, he caught 27 games in addition to playing third and second.
  • After the Senators released him after the '65 season, Zimmer played in Japan in '66 with the Toei Flyers of Nippon Professional Baseball.

AHEAD IN '14

  • So what do Zimmer and Adrian Beltre have in common? Not a whole heck of a lot, other than both played third for the Senators/Rangers franchise. The AL Senators debuted in Washington in '61 and moved to Arlington, Texas, for the '72 season. Beltre is putting together Hall of Fame credentials entering his 17th season. A tremendous defender with a rocket arm, he has hit 376 home runs with 1,370 RBI and a .282/.334/.478 career slash line. In the past four seasons, the last three in Texas, he's averaged 32 homers and 100 RBI.


HAS THE LOOK OF A HALL OF FAMER.


BUILDING QUITE THE CAREER AT THE HOT CORNER.

1 comment:

  1. Zimmer always looked like a cartoon character to me. Very Fuddian.

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