Rays to retire Zimmer's No. 66 before April 6 opener

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays will honor former longtime senior adviser Don Zimmer by retiring uniform No. 66 before their April 6 season opener against Baltimore.

Zimmer spent 11 years with the Rays, from 2004-14. It was his longest stint in his 66 years with 14 major league teams as a player, coach, manager or adviser.

Zimmer was 83 when he died on June 4, 2014. Three days later, the Rays and Seattle Mariners wore Zimmer's No. 23 Brooklyn Dodgers jersey in a pregame tribute at Tropicana Field. He began his career as an infielder with the Dodgers in 1954.

The Rays have retired only two other numbers. Wade Boggs' No. 12 was retired in 1999, and Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired by all teams in 1997.

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