Don Zimmer was a baseball lifer. He signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949 and played for six franchises in the U.S. When his playing days were over, Zimmer managed the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs from the early 1970s to the 1990s. He served as a coach on 11 teams, won six World Series Championships and was the NL Manager of the Year in 1989.

“Popeye” was beloved by countless players and teams around baseball. Those that came in contact with him talked openly about his stories and willingness to discuss the game with players young and old.

When Zimmer passed away Wednesday at the age of 83, the baseball world opened up about how much he meant to the game for so many years. MLB Network Radio remembered the life of the great Don Zimmer, starting with former manager Jim Leyland. Leyland joined Casey Stern and C.J. Nitkowski on Inside Pitch and talked about his frequent conversations with the man he called his best friend.

MLB Network Radio’s Cliff Floyd discussed the year he got to know Zimmer when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008.

“He was there every day. He never missed a day, never missed an opportunity to help one of us guys get through whatever we [were] going through that day,” Floyd said on Power Alley.

Former reliever and MLB Network Radio analyst Mike Stanton reflected on his time with Zimmer on MLB Roundtrip, and credited Zim with some of the success of former Yankees manager Joe Torre.

“Joe coming into New York, he was a go by the book, play by the book all the time [manager]. Don Zimmer was the exact opposite, he was the gun slinger,” Stanton said. “What he did was, he had Joe’s ear. There were several occasions that [when] a move was made within the game it was made by Don Zimmer getting into Joe’s ear.”

For continued discussion and conversation of the great Don Zimmer, tune in to MLB Network Radio on Sirius 209, XM 89 and the SiriusXM app.

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