Wednesday, September 8, 2021

"HOF" Ted Simmons

Today Ted Simmons was inducted into the Hall of Fame. To celebrate, I thought I'd show off his last Topps card: 1988 Topps.  He looks terrible in this post-swing photograph. His stats are so tiny. 


Somehow time, and the farkakte Veterans Committee, made Ted Simmons a Hall of Famer. 

Simmons played 21 seasons for three teams: St. Louis, Milwaukee, and Atlanta at the end, where players went to have their careers die at the time---I mean, to be a mentor to younger players. He won a silver slugger award. A. Singular. He was an eight-time All-Star, who played largely against guys like Jonathan Bench; and he earned MVP votes in 7 sevens (1/3 of his career). His highest finishes where 6th in 1975 and 9th in 1977. On the basic stats, he led the league in just three categories: Grounded into Double Plays and Intentional Walks (twice, and probably to get to the pitcher to set up a double play). Way to go!

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3 comments:

  1. 50 WAR for a catcher is a clear Hall of Famer. The only catcher who ranks higher in the JAWS system who isn't in the Hall is Joe Mauer, and he's not eligible yet. I think the committee got it right on this one.

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  2. The only catchers considered better than him while he was playing were Bench and Fisk (and Munson for part of the time). I think he was overdue for being selected.

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  3. I've only learned of him in the last couple of years, and therefor defer any judgment to those who actually saw him play.

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