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Ted Lyle Simmons (born August 9, 1949, in Highland Park, Michiganmarker) is a retired American catcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1968-80), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-85) and Atlanta Braves (1986-88). Simmons (nicknamed "Simba") was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was the bench coach for the Brewers until September 15, 2008, when he was re-assigned to another position within the organization. On November 3, 2008 he left the Brewers and was hired by the San Diego Padres as their bench coach.


In a 21-season career, Simmons compiled a .285 batting average with 2,472 hits, 248 home runs and 1389 RBI in 2456 games.


  • 8-time All-Star (1972-74, 1977-79, 1981, 1983)
  • Silver Slugger Award (1980)
  • 7-time hit .300 or more (1971-73, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1983)
  • Caught two no-hitters (Bob Gibson in 1971, the first of Bob Forsch's two career no-hitters, in 1978)
  • Twice led the National League in intentional walks (1976-77). He ranks 15th in the All-Time list with 188.
  • After his playing days were over, Simmons continued in the game as a front office executive. He served two seasons (1992-93) as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but stepped down for health reasons. He also was Director of Player Development for both the Cardinals and San Diego Padres, and a scout at the Major League level for the Cleveland Indians. He was named the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers starting with the 2008 season.
  • He was featured several times in the commemorative DVD for the 1982 Milwaukee Brewer's Harvey's Wallbangers.

Baseball Executive

In 1992, Simmons was hired as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. He served in that position for only a year, retiring after suffering a heart attack in June 1993.

Coaching career

On October 30, 2007, Simmons signed a contract to become the bench coach of the Milwaukee Brewers.

On September 15, 2008, Simmons was re-assigned to an advisory role.In November 2008 he was named bench coach for the San Diego Padres under manager Bud Black, replacing Craig Colbert.

See also


  1. ESPN - Ausmus gets one-year, $2M deal to return to Astros - MLB
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