Simmons added to Mariners’ front office as advisor to Zduriencik
SEATTLE – Ted Simmons, a one-time general manager in Pittsburgh and most recently a coach in San Diego, has signed on with the Mariners as senior advisor to general manager Jack Zduriencik.
“I am excited to add Ted to our front office group,’’ Zduriencik said in a statement released by the club. “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 has most recently been the bench coach in San Diego (2009 and 2010) and in Milwaukee (2008), where he worked with Zduriencik before both men left the Brewers’ organization.
He has a history of being with winners, which is one reason the Mariners had the interest in him they did. San Diego went from 63 wins the year before Simmons arrived to 75 wins in 2009 and 90 wins in 2010.
The former catcher was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992 and 1993, winning the NL East the first year.
He played 21 seasons in the big leagues with St. Louis, Milwaukee and Atlanta, making All-Star teams eight times.
John Hickey is a Senior MLB Writer for AOL FanHouse (www.fanhouse.com)