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Don Zimmer is coming back for a 65th season

Don Zimmer, Evan Longoria

Tampa Bay Rays special advisor Don Zimmer, right, shares a laugh with third baseman Evan Longoria during baseball practice, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Rays host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)


Don Zimmer will spend a 65th season in baseball, as the Rays announced that the 82-year-old will continue his role as senior baseball advisor after being away from the team for a while this season due to health problems.

Next year will be his 10th season with the Rays, which matches the length of time Zimmer spent with the Yankees.

Zimmer released a statement saying that he “couldn’t be happy” and B.J. Upton, now a free agent a decade after being drafted by the Rays, is glad to see Zimmer returning to Tampa Bay even if Upton is headed elsewhere:

Happy to hear that Zim is coming back for another year. He has meant a lot to me over my career.

— BJ Upton (@BJUPTON2) November 1, 2012