Former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons doesn't look like he'll achieve his goal of becoming a major league manager in 2011. He's already signed on with Seattle to be a front office advisor. But he could finally reach another well-deserved goal.
Simmons has made the list of former players to be consider by the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame veterans committee. If he is enshrined amongst baseball's greats, that would have to be a pretty good consolation prize.
Simba ranks second all-time on the list of base hits by a catcher with 2,472. He trails only Ivan Rodriguez (2,637 and counting) in that category and ranks ahead of Hall of Famers Carlton Fisk (2,356), Yogi Berra (2,150), Gary Carter (2,093) and Johnny Bench (2,048.)
He's one of 10 catchers in the history of baseball to have a season of a .300 batting average with a .400 on base percentage and a .500 slugging percentage. Simmons accomplished the rare feat in 1977 when he hit .318 with 21 homers and 95 RBIs in spacious Busch Stadium II.
An eight-time all-star, Simba has a Silver Slugger to his credit (1976) and hit .300 seven time. He finished in the top eight in doubles in his league eight times. He was in the top 10 in RBIs six times, the top six in hits four times and the top 10 in extra base hits four times.
Not bad for a slow-footed catcher.
Simmons received less than four percent of the vote in 1994. But hopeful the veterans will give a peer who they respect more attention to east coast balloters who somehow thought Gary Carter was more worthy of the Hall of Fame than Simmons.
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