The Baseball Hall of Fame announced that former Milwaukee Brewers catcher Ted Simmons is headed to Cooperstown.
Milwaukee signed Ted Simmons as a free agent in 1981. Simmons played with the team until the Brewers traded him in 1986. In his five seasons with the Crew, he hit .262/.311/.399 and went to two All-Star games in 1981 and 1983.
Ted Simmons was one and done on the writers' ballot. Now he's heading for the Hall of Fame.— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 9, 2019
No player had ever been elected by any Veterans Committee who lasted just one ballot with the BBWAA.
Great work by the Modern Game Committee.
Simmons was an essential member of the Brewers’ lone World Series team. In ‘82, he hit .269/.309/.451 with 23 homers. He had a 3.4 WAR that season. His best season was in ‘83 when he had a 4.0 WAR.
The catcher is the seventh Brewers player to go into Cooperstown. He joins Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Rollie Fingers, Hank Aaron, Don Sutton and Trevor Hoffman. Of those players, he played the third most seasons with the Brewers, behind Yount and Molitor. Fingers played with Milwaukee from 81-85, but missed ‘83 with an injury.
Statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference