Baseball lost one of its greats on Wednesday when Don Zimmer passed away at the age of 83. Zimmer was a baseball lifer, who spent 66 years in the game, and he had a huge impact on the game.
Don Zimmer was part of two of the most memorable teams in Cubs’ history. Zimmer was the third base coach for the 1984 team that revitalized the Cubs and he called the shots for the 1989 National League East Champions on his way to a Manager of the Year award.
The Boys of Zimmer was an incredibly fun team that was led by a man that did not manage by the book but by his gut. Zimmer took a team that was picked to finish last and won the division crown. The ’89 team was at the top of Zimmer’s list of teams he was associated with and he loved the fans at Wrigley Field
Don Zimmer played for the Cubs in 1960 and 1961 and managed the team from 1988 until he was fired in 1991. Zimmer was 265-258 as the Cubs’ skipper.
There are numerous tributes from many the people that Don Zimmer touched throughout his life. Take the time today and enjoy those tributes to ‘Popeye.’
Jorge Soler is rehabbing in Arizona and Jed Hoyer provided an update on Wednesday. Hoyer said Soler is hitting in the cage and off the tee. The Cubs will “try to push that progression forward” as the team tries “to avoid any kind of re-injury.”
Hoyer said the Cubs are not worried about him being injury prone but there is concern about all of the time he has lost.
Jen-Ho Tseng is recovering from a sore shoulder and threw live BP on Wednesday. Kevin Druley reported that Tseng will “likely be activated later this week.” Mark Johnson said Tseng will be eased back in with outings of two innings and 45-50 pitches, then increase from there.
News and Notes
Dylan Bundy is scheduled to pitch for the Aberdeen IronBirds on June 15 on the road at Hudson Valley, the short-season A-ball affiliate of the Orioles. Bundy is scheduled for five innings in an Intrasquad game on Monday, June 9. If all goes as planned, Bundy’s start on June 15 would be his first actual game since undergoing Tommy John surgery.
Minor News and Notes
Manny Ramirez hit a big home run in extended Spring Training on Wednesday. Ramirez’s blast traveled a reported 450 feet. Jed Hoyer said Wednesday there is not a timetable for when Ramirez will report to Iowa. Hoyer is hoping he will talk to and spend some time with Jorge Soler while he’s in Arizona.
Zach Cates was promoted from High-A Daytona to Double-A Tennessee on Wednesday night.
Justin Amlung was promoted from Kane County to Daytona on Thursday.
Kevin Druley posted a tidbit about a Cubs organizational rule in response to a question he asked about why Paul Blackburn was lifted in the first inning of Wednesday’s game. The Cubs have a rule that a starting pitcher cannot throw more than 35 pitches in the first inning.
This Day In Cubstory
2012 – Ryan Dempster won his first game since August 16, 2011, 18 starts, in a 10-0 victory over the Brewers. Dempster retired the first 15 batters he faced.
2008 – Cubs selected Andrew Cashner in the first round (19th overall pick) of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Ryan Flaherty in the sandwich round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Chris Carpenter in the third round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Josh Harrison in the sixth round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Tony Campana in the 13th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Casey Coleman in the 15th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Jeff Beliveau in the 18th round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Logan Watkins in the 21st round of the draft
2008 – Cubs selected Sonny Gray in the 27th round of the draft, the player did not sign
2006 – Carlos Zambrano held the Astros hitless for 7 1/3 innings. Preston Wilson broke up the no-hit bid. Zambrano homered in the Cubs 8-0 victory over the Astros in Houston.
2001 – Cubs selected Mark Prior in the first round (second overall pick) of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ryan Theriot in the third round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Ricky Nolasco in the fourth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Brendan Harris in the fifth round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Sergio Mitre in the seventh round of the draft
2001 – Cubs selected Geovany Soto in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Luis Montanez in the first round (third overall pick) of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Bobby Hill in the second round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Todd Wellemeyer in the fourth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Dontrelle Willis in the eighth round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jon Leicester in the 11th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Jason Dubois in the 14th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Buck Coats in the 18th round of the draft
2000 – Cubs selected Carmen Pignatiello in the 20th round of the draft
1996 – Sammy Sosa hit three home runs, drove in five runs and led the Cubs to a comeback win over the Phillies, 9-6.
1992 – Cubs signed free agent Dennis Rasmussen
1990 – The Red Sox released Bill Buckner
1989 – Cubs selected Gary Scott in the second round of the draft
1979 – Cubs selected Dave Owen in the 10th round of the draft
1974 – Cubs selected Scot Thompson in the first round (seventh overall pick) of the draft
1973 – Cubs selected Mike Krukow in the eighth round of the draft
1969 – Cubs selected Larry Gura in the second round of the draft
1925 – Cubs completed a triple play in the seventh inning against the Dodgers, first baseman Barney Friberg to shortstop Rabbit Maranville at Wrigley Field.
1916 – Heine Zimmerman stole home in the fourth inning of a Cubs 1-0 victory over the Braves in Boston
1885 – Second baseman Fred Pfeffer pitched a complete game victory, 7-4, over Detroit. Pfeffer struck out six and only two of the runs were earned.