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Awestruck Ted Simmons marvels at the Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Ted Simmons just had to stop and soak it all in.

“It’s totally overwhelming and humbling, to say the very least,” Simmons said Thursday as he gazed at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s plaque gallery after a tour of the sport’s shrine. “You’re asking yourself every five seconds — what on earth makes you feel as though you belong in this place? I’m not big on false humility. I’m here to say that if you can’t come to grips with what’s really happening here and what this place is all about, you sure as hell don’t belong here.”

Simmons belongs now — at age 70 and more than three decades after his last game. He was elected in December by the modern era committee, becoming the first player to be picked for enshrinement after being on the writers’ ballot just one year. He’ll be inducted July 26 with Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and the late Marvin Miller, the former players’ association head.

An eight-time All-Star catcher during a 21-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals (1968-80), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-85), and Atlanta Braves (1986-88), the switch-hitter batted .285 with 248 homers and 1,389 RBIs. When he retired, Simmons held the major league record for hits (2,472) and doubles (483) by a catcher to go along with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBIs, the latter figure the second-highest by a player who played at least 50% of his games at the position. (Former New York Yankees star Yogi Berra holds that record with 1,430 and Iván Rodríguez now tops the hit list with 2,844).



QLE Posted: February 28, 2020 at 01:12 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: February 28, 2020 at 07:06 AM (#5927001)
Simba! A well-deserved enshrinement.
   2. Zonk Wants Justice for Carolyn Gombell Posted: February 28, 2020 at 08:49 AM (#5927008)
I want to make a joke that you can visit without being enshrined (so I just did!) --

But yeah, this is cool. He deserved it and I'm glad he gets to enjoy it while he's still with us. I enjoy the proxy feeling of goosebumps stories like this provide.
   3. asinwreck Posted: February 28, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5927009)
Always a thoughtful player. Looking forward to his speech.
   4. Astroenteritis Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:16 AM (#5927026)
I've never rooted for any team he played for, but I'm so happy about Simmons getting in that I wish I could be there for his speech.
Glad he's enjoying the experience.
   5. jingoist Posted: February 28, 2020 at 12:22 PM (#5927105)
After reading the attached article, and remembering numerous comments made by Cards, Brewers and Braves fans of Simmons it is obvious that this is a thinking mans player and one with whom almost any bbtf poster would enjoy have a meal or a cold drink alongside.
As such, I will make it a point to visit his plaque during my next visit to Cooperstown.
As the Aussies say, “good on ya, mate”
   6. cardsfanboy Posted: February 28, 2020 at 10:01 PM (#5927213)
I screwed up.. my girlfriend suggest we might try to go there for the ceremony, and I stupidly suggested if we did that, we have to do a full week and not just a weekend thing and then it became way to expensive... but it's probably the only time I would ever make it to Cooperstown.... Ted Simmons is my favorite player, and when me and my gf started dating, one year she bought me the only two Ted Simmons Topps baseball cards that I didn't have... (that was about 15 years ago) so she knows how important he is to me as a fan.... but the reality is that we just can't afford to go (I mean we can, but we can't... I mean it would be a trip all about me, not really fair to her)

Oh well... Congrats to my favorite baseball player since 1976...

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