Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hardball Heroes: Ted Simmons

Hardball Heroes is More Hardball's version of the Hall of Fame. Players who qualify for this distinction must have demonstrated exceptional athleticism and sportsmanship on and off the field, however are not likely to be recognized by Major League Baseball's Hall of Fame. For September, we will celebrate the base-hitting longevity of Ted Simmons.

Ted Lyle Simmons was drafted in the 1st round (10th pick) in 1967 by the St. Louis Cardinals. One short year later he made his MLB debut, playing 2 games for the Red Birds in '68. He spent the next 13 years there, mostly behind the plate. The switch hitter, who stood 6 feet tall and weighed 200 pounds also played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves, totaling 21 seasons. Most of his career was played from the receiving position, as Ted caught 1771 games. Aside from being a catcher, he also played some 1st and 3rd base, and outfield.

Career #'s: 2456 gm, 1074 r, 2472 h, 483 2b, 47 3b, 248 hr, 1389 rbi, 21 sb, .285/.348/.437.

Tidbits: Nicknamed "Simba", Simmons was on 8 all-star teams and was in the top 20 for MVP voting 7 times. Caught 2 no-hitters (Bob Gibson in 1971 and Bob Forsch in 1978). Was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2 season (1992-1993). He's served as a bench coach, scout, and director of player development after his playing days were over as well.


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