Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik built a trusted relationship when he worked for Ted Simmons.
Now the two are working together to rebuild the Mariners.
On Nov. 5, 2010, the Mariners named Simmons, 61, special adviser to the general manager.
Zduriencik was director of scouting for the Pirates when Simmons was the Pittsburgh general manager in 1992 and 1993. Both are considered excellent talent evaluators.
Simmons and Zduriencik worked together again in 2008 when Simmons was the Brewers’ bench coach and Zduriencik was Milwaukee’s special assistant to the general manager for player personnel.
Simmons, an all-star catcher for the Cardinals in the 1970s and director of player development for St. Louis from 1988-92, said in 2010 he had set a personal goal of becoming a big-league manager. Blog
That hasn’t happened. He was linked to openings with the Marlins, Mariners, Brewers and Cubs, but there’s no evidence he interviewed for any of those jobs. All four went to other candidates. The Mariners hired another former catcher, Eric Wedge, as their manager.
Simmons has said that if he cannot manage a major-league team he would rather not spend as much time away from his St. Louis home as he did in 2009 and 2010 as bench coach of the Padres. The special adviser job gives him that flexibility.
Simmons was managing the Peoria Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League when he got the special adviser role with the Mariners.
The 2010 Mariners were 61-101 and lacked offense. Seattle ranked last in the American League in batting average (.236), home runs (101) and RBI (485). Their new hitting coach, Chris Chambliss, served in that same role for the Cardinals from 1993-95.