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Among the many congratulatory calls to Atkins and Montoyo one seemed different from the rest. Don Zimmer’s widow called Montoyo. Zimmer and Montoyo had worked together in Tampa. She couldn’t be happier he got the job. “Up in heaven,” she told Montoyo, “he’d be so proud of you.”
There’s a long list of those who are proud: Tom Gamboa, now 70, who managed him in the minors leagues and he still uses the same signs from way back then; Tom Foley, the former Montreal infielder, who first hired him in Tampa; Tony Muser, the former big league player and manager, now 71. There is a lot of celebration around this hiring. Baseball people, all of them.
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