Ted Simmons will make his managerial debut Oct. 12, 2010, when his Peoria Saguaros play the Scottsdale Scorpions on opening night of the Arizona Fall League season.
After two seasons as bench coach of the Padres, Simmons told San Diego management he will not return to that job in 2011 because he’s committed to becoming a big-league manager.
He said he likely will be a scout, based in St. Louis, in 2011 if he doesn’t land a major league managing job.
Simmons continues to be prominently linked to managerial openings with the Mariners, Brewers and Marlins.
The Arizona Fall League offers the former Cardinals catcher an opportunity to show his managerial skills. The league features prospects who are thought to have big-league potential.
Simmons’ team has players from the Padres, Rays, Reds, Twins and White Sox organizations.
Among the top players for Peoria are:
_ Ben Revere, an outfielder who batted .305 in 94 minor-league games this season and appeared in 13 games for the Twins as a September call-up.
_ Leslie Anderson, a Rays outfield prospect who hit .302 with 11 home runs in 99 minor-league games in 2010.
_ Philippe Valiquette, a left-handed reliever from Montreal who went 4-1 with 5 saves in the Reds system this year.
_ Kyle Waldrop, a right-handed reliever who was 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA for the Twins’ Class AAA team at Rochester.
Randy Knorr, a big-league catcher from 1991-2000, will manage Scottsdale against Simmons’ Peoria club in the opener.
Eight Cardinals prospects are on the roster of the Surprise Rafters. They are: pitchers Brian Broderick, Ramon Delgado, Blake King and Jordan Swagerty; catcher Tony Cruz; infielders Zack Cox and Pete Kozma; and outfielder Adron Chambers.