Former Cubs manager Don Zimmer passed away at the age of 83 on Wednesday evening.
Zimmer, who was an iconic figure in professional baseball for 66 years, had been working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior advisor. After heart surgery in April, Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida.
"Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man," Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.
Zimmer managed the Cubs for three-plus years from 1988-1991, and led the club to a division title in 1989. He also played for the Cubs from 1960-61.
Zimmer went on to have coaching stints with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies after leaving the Cubs. He came back to the Yankees as Joe Torre's bench coach from 1996-2003 where he won four World Series rings.
"On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that 'Popeye' served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don's family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game," MLB commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.
The baseball community took to Twitter Wednesday night to remember Zimmer.
"He was just wonderful. It was an honor, a pleasure, and a huge grace to have known Don Zimmer." Vin Scully pic.twitter.com/DjPZIB5yXE— Vin Scully (@VinScullyTweet) June 5, 2014
We are saddened to learn of the passing of former player, coach and manager Don Zimmer. Rest in peace, Zim. pic.twitter.com/ubUkJXWrqr— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) June 5, 2014
i heard don zimmer passed away baseball just lost a legend very sad news he will be missed and loved by many popeye you will be missed— Ozzie Guillen FND (@OzzieGuillen) June 5, 2014
Today I lost my "Pops" the greatest grandfather anyone could ever ask for. Don Zimmer lived an amazing baseball life pic.twitter.com/7NiAdtMpl5— Beau Zimmer (@Zimm10) June 5, 2014
Very sad news tonight that former Cubs manager Don Zimmer has passed away. The 1989 "Boys of Zimmer" were one of my favorite teams. #popeye— David Kaplan (@thekapman) June 5, 2014