Ted Simmons, who followed an illustrious 21-year playing career with front office, scouting and coaching jobs, has been hired by the Seattle Mariners to be a senior advisor to general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Simmons, 61, spent the last three seasons as the bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers, then the San Diego Padres, and has scouted and advised GMs since retiring as a player in 1988. A switch-hitting catcher, his lifetime numbers got him Hall of Fame consideration – a career .285 batting average with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI in 2,456 games.
“I am excited to add Ted to our front office group,” Zduriencik said. “His experience as an All-Star player, front office executive, scout and big league coach will be very valuable to us as a sounding board and advisor.”
Simmons was senior vice president & general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992-1993, and the Pirates won the National League East in his first season there. He left in ’93 after suffering a heart attack. He has since worked with the Indians Brewers and Padres.
An eight-time All-Star as a player, Simmons was considered a fierce competitor – once fighting with teammate John Denny in the tunnel behind the field during a game. He homered from both sides of the plate in the same game three times, and his RBI total ranks second all time among catchers.