Last Sunday, former Brewers catcher, Ted Simmons, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Simmons played 21 seasons in the MLB for the Cardinals, Brewers, and Braves and had a career batting average of .285 with an OPS+ of 118. He also tacked on 248 home runs, 1,389 RBIs which is second all-time among catchers, 483 doubles, and 2,472 hits which is also second all-time among catchers. Simmons had a career WAR of 50.3 which is something only eight other catchers in history have done. Those eight other players are also in the Hall of Fame. Ted Simmons was an 8x All-Star, 1x Silver Slugger Award winner, and 5x Player of the Week. He is considered one of the greatest switch hitters to ever grace the field.
From 1971-1983, Simmons was undoubtedly one of the best catchers in the league. In that span he hit .294 with an OPS of .815. He averaged about 17 home runs per year with 90 RBIs and 31 doubles.
Ted Simmons played five seasons and made two All-Star games with the Milwaukee Brewers from 1981 through 1985. He was instrumental to the group that brought the Brewers to the World Series in 1982. With the Brewers, Simmons hit .262 and averaged 13 homers, 79 RBIs, and 26 doubles per season. His best season with the Crew came in 1983 when he hit .308 with 13 home runs, 108 RBIs, and 39 doubles in 153 games. This was the greatest offensive season any Brewer catcher has ever had.
A person could not tell the story of baseball in the 1970s and 80s without mentioning Ted Simmons and it’s comforting to see him inducted into the Hall of Fame. He was one of the greatest offensive catchers of all-time and deserves to be immortalized among the baseball greats.