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Tom Zimmer retires after 50 years in baseball

A lifelong baseball man like his father, Don, Tom Zimmer spent the past 40 years as a scout for the Giants.
Don Zimmer's wife Soot, right, and son Tom watch a video tribute to Rays senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer before a baseball game June 7, 2014, in St. Petersburg.
Don Zimmer's wife Soot, right, and son Tom watch a video tribute to Rays senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer before a baseball game June 7, 2014, in St. Petersburg. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | Associated Press (2014) ]
Published May 7, 2020

Tom Zimmer, a baseball lifer like his dad Don, made official his retirement Wednesday, having spent 50 years in the game, the past 40 as a scout for the San Francisco Giants.

Zimmer, 67, started his career as a minor-league player in 1971 in the Cardinals organization and played five seasons, then managed for three before going into scouting with the Giants.

Tom Zimmer was born in Mobile, Ala., while his dad played there in 1952, but has lived in the Tampa Bay area since the family came south for good in 1956. His mom, Soot, still lives in the Seminole area. Don died in 2014.

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Though Tom formally resigned his scouting job, he doesn’t plan to totally walk away from the game.

Not with four grandkids.

"I’ll now be starting over at the T-ball level,'' he said.