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Today In Brewer History: Welcome Back, Ted Simmons

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

Simmons as an NL All Star with the Cardinals in 1978.
Simmons as an NL All Star with the Cardinals in 1978.
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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.

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