A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons was on the Marlins' short list of potential managers for 2011 and beyond. Now reports out of Seattle say that he's drawing interest from the Mariners, too.
Simmons has served in various front office roles including a stint as a general manager. He has also served Milwaukee and San Diego as bench coach, so he's got an impressive resume. The former All-Star might have already landed a job as a skipper if health problems a few years back wouldn't have forced him away from the game.
I'm glad to see Simmons back in baseball trying to realize his dream of being a manager. It sort of makes me wish we knew what Tony La Russa planned to do beyond 2010. Don't forget both he and pitching coach Dave Duncan will be free agents at the end of the season. Hopefully, if La Russa plans to continue to manage, it will be here. But you just don't know if he's had enough and plans to retire.
Simmons would be a popular choice to be the next Cardinals manager. And several other guys with St. Louis ties could be in the mix for managerial spots around baseball. Atlanta hitting coach Terry Pendleton has long been the heir apparent in Atlanta -- although there have been rumors that the Braves might not be able to pass on the opportunity to land former Marlins skipper Freddi Gonzalez. Ken Oberkfell, the third baseman of the 1982 World Series champs, has managed throughout the Mets system and has served time in the last few years as a coach on the major league squad. Joe Torre, a former Cardinals manager and player, is in the last year of his contract with the Dodgers and there has been much speculation about if he will retire, sign on for another season or two with LA, or if he will go to Chicago and manage the Cubs for a season to give Ryan Sandberg another year of seasoning before he takes over the job,