Baseball gods owed Don Zimmer one

Ex-Yanks bench coach took a gift from the hardball heavens -- a seat next to Torre

Updated: June 5, 2014, 10:35 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

The baseball gods are more forgiving with than you think, and Don Zimmer could have attested to that. They saddled his managerial legacy with the collapse of 1978, when his Boston Red Sox blew a 14-game lead to the New York Yankees, and made him endure the sight of a slap-hitting shortstop, Bucky Dent, swatting the division clincher over the great green wall in left field.

It was a fate far worse than his .235 career batting average or his 1962 season as a member of the original Mets. ...

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