Mar 5, 2012; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays coach Don Zimmer (left) shares a laugh during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Charlotte Sports Park. The Orioles defeated the Rays 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

Rays Notes: Don Zimmer Coming Back, Sean Rodriguez's Web Gem, Rays First Base Situation

Don Zimmer was in baseball for 64 years- and it wasn’t enough. Zim will return for his 65th season in some baseball capacity as a senior baseball advisor for the Rays. Zimmer’s tenure with the Rays began back in 2004, which was the Rays’ first 70-win season, and was along for the ride as the Rays have evolved into a perennial contender. On a team driven by progressive thinking, Zimmer has provided an old-school perspective to help give the Rays the perfect balance to move forward successfully as a ballclub. It has always been fun having Zim around the team, and it will be great to see him again in 2013.

Sean Rodriguez made an incredible play back in May that we did an entire breakdown of here at RCG, and Rodriguez was awarded ESPN Baseball Tonight’s #5 Web Gem of the 2012 MLB season. Here’s the play.

Congrats to Sean and hopefully he has more great plays ahead of him next season.

And finally, in a mailbag for the Rays’ official website, Bill Chastain talked about how Henry Wrigley and Leslie Anderson fit into the Rays’ major league situation at first base.

How come Leslie Anderson and Henry Wrigley are not given consideration for next year’s team given the need at first base? They both had a good season at Triple-A Durham last year.
— David L., St. Petersburg

I began to wonder that myself as the season progressed and both did so well at Triple-A. I have not seen Anderson play much, but I did see Wrigley play some during Spring Training, and I liked what I saw. When the September callups arrived to the Rays, I asked about Wrigley, and every player I talked to told me he seemed to hit the ball hard a lot. That being said, there is a huge difference between playing at the Triple-A level and the Major Leagues. The Rays have not addressed why they did not bring up either player.

As Chastain talks about, their inexperience is certainly a factor, and but the real reason Wrigley and Anderson don’t figure prominent in the Rays’ first base picture is the major flaws in their games that will make it tough for them to last as starting first basemen in the big leagues: for both of them, a lack of patience that puts their abilities to hit and hit for power in the major leagues in question. Both of them will continue to work to address those issues, but the Rays did not feel they were ready yet to contribute to the big league team in 2012.

Tags: Don Zimmer Henry Wrigley Leslie Anderson Sean Rodriguez Tampa Bay Rays

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