(Updated Dec. 9, 2013)
Ted Simmons has career statistics that compare favorably with many National Baseball Hall of Fame members inducted as Cardinals.
Some examples that support the candidacy of the former Cardinals catcher:
_ Only Stan Musial (1,951), Rogers Hornsby (1,584) and Jim Bottomley (1,422) among Cardinals in the Hall of Fame produced more RBI than Simmons (1,389).
_ Only Musial (3,630), Lou Brock (3,023), Hornsby (2,930) and Frankie Frisch (2,880) among Cardinals in the Hall of Fame have more hits than Simmons (2,472).
_ Simmons’ 3,793 total bases rank ahead of several Cardinals in the Hall of Fame, including Enos Slaughter (3,599), Johnny Mize (3,621) and Bottomley (3,737).
_ With an on-base percentage of .348, Simmons tops Brock (.343), Red Schoendienst (.337) and Ozzie Smith (.337) among Cardinals in the Hall of Fame.
Simmons’ numbers are strikingly similar to those of Joe Medwick, another Cardinal who is in the Hall of Fame. Example:
SIMMONS: 2,472 hits. MEDWICK: 2,471 hits.
SIMMONS: 1,389 RBI. MEDWICK: 1,383 RBI.
Compared with other catchers in the Hall of Fame, Simmons has the qualifications for election. Blog
Nevertheless, he twice has failed to earn election from the voters on the Expansion Era committee, though he was among the 12 finalists on the ballots in 2010 and in 2013.
Among the voters on the 2013 Expansion Era committee are former Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog (who traded Simmons to the Brewers after the 1980 season), Paul Molitor (a teammate of Simmons’ with the 1982 American League champion Brewers) and Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk.
On the 2010 Expansion Era committee, two of the 16 voters were Hall of Fame shortstop and ex-Cardinal Ozzie Smith and Herzog. Neither said whether he voted for Simmons.
According to a report by B.J. Rains of FoxSportsMidwest.com, Smith said some voters perceived Simmons as lacking Hall of Fame-caliber defensive skills, and Herzog said he believed Simmons’ lack of support from voters the first time he appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot influenced the Expansion Era committee. Story