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The Marlins are going to interview Ted Simmons for their managerial job

Jul 20, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

Tom Krasovic reports that the Marlins are not yet done jerking around managers and potential managers and thus will interview Padres’ bench coach Ted Simmons for the skipper gig after the season is over.

Simmons has never managed full time before, but he has yo-yo’d all over major league organizational charts. He was the Pirates’ GM back when that job actually seemed like a decent gig, but stepped down due to health problems. After that he was a scout in the Indians organization and since then has been a bench coach and a non-specific front office person in Milwaukee and San Diego.

At 60 and with no real managerial track record to speak of Simmons is an odd choice. In his favor, however, is the fact that (a) he’s supposed to be really, really smart; and (b) by interviewing him the Marlins will fill their MLB-mandated minority interview.  With the minority being ballplayers from the 70s who didn’t grow a mustache.

Oh, and he belongs in the Hall of Fame by the way.

  1. BC - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    Woo boy. Simmons didn’t age well.

  2. BC - Jul 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Not a Hall of Famer, but I noticed two things looking at his stats:
    1. The dude played FOREVER. Wow, didn’t realize that.
    2. He was absolutely impossible to strike out. He had one seasons where he had more doubles than strikeouts (40 to 39).

  3. hnirobert - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Loria is DARING his few fans to give up on them. I’m about reading to start cheering for the Braves again, which I stopped doing in 1993.

  4. Paper Lions - Jul 20, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Simmons was every bit as good as Fisk and better than Carter. The major difference was where they played….he should be in HOF, not many catchers that were better and many that were worse are considered HOFers.

  5. BC - Jul 20, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Ted Simmons was NOT better than Gary Carter. Check out the numbers if you want, but also remember he was the best defensive catcher in baseball for a decade. He was a STUD in Montreal.
    Simmons basically couldn’t do much of anything defensive and if I recall he played an awful lot at 1B.
    Fisk? I’ll give you that one. .269 BA, only drove in 100 runs twice in 25 years (yes, 25). Really had only one monster year. Got hurt a lot. By 1980 his defense was awful and he DH’d a lot. That, and he’s generally regarded as a surly dude.

  6. Old Gator - Jul 20, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    This is as much as to say that the Prince of Pucker and the Chihuahua got his buzz’ worth out of naming “the first Puerto Rican manager” in time for the San Juan series against the Mutts and won’t be satisfied if his discount skipper leads his sub-.500 team to a sub-.500 season – which, clearly, he is already anticipating will be the outcome in September. It must be a real challenge trying to figure out how to herd the Feesh’s dwindling base of Palm Beach, Collier and Broward fans into the jaws of downtown Macondo traffic to fill Banana Massacre Stadium on a shoestring budget in 2012, and worse, how to keep them there once the novelty of the sliding roof wears off. Could Ted Simmons be the answer they seek? Would the vast imaginary legions of Macondo’s Cuban fans that had the potentates of MLB slobbering in their dreams two decades ago swarm the stadium to see if an Anglo can motivate Hanley Ramirez without being able to threaten to break his ass in Espanglish (assuming Scrooge McLoria doesn’t find some excuse to unload him for a backcatch of EYPs first)? Stay tuned, hermanos y hermanas.

  7. Calir - Jul 20, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    He should be the cheapest option and that’s the point.

  8. msr - Jul 20, 2010 at 8:43 PM

    I agree that he is the cheapest option. Teams with a low payroll won’t pay for an established manager. Go for the cheapest and hope for a miracle. BTW, is that pic a mugshot of Ted?

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