Today In Brewer History: Welcome Back, Ted Simmons

Simmons as an NL All Star with the Cardinals in 1978. - Darryl Norenberg-US PRESSWIRE

The Brewers brought their veteran backstop back for one more contract on this day in 1984.

When you talk about Ted Simmons as a Brewer, most fans will remember his pair of home runs in the 1982 World Series or perhaps his .308/.351/.448 batting line in 1983, when he made his final All Star appearance. On this day in 1984 the Brewers bought high on Simba and re-signed him as a free agent.

Simmons played 114 of his 132 games in 1984 at either DH or first base and hit just .221/.269/.300. Baseball Reference estimates his value for the season at -2.8 wins above replacement and at age 34 it looked like the longtime big leaguer might have been done. He bounced back to hit .273/.342/.402 in 1985 but was still primarily a 1B/DH before being traded to the Braves.

With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday to:

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