Simmons hopes to someday manage

Former MLB catcher Ted Simmons makes it clear that he’d like to eventually manage in the big leagues. Perhaps Florida will be in his plans. If so, it will have to wait until after the season.

A story recently on AOL FanHouse linked Simmons as a potential candidate to someday manage the Marlins.

Edwin Rodriguez replaced Fredi Gonzalez on June 23, and he will run the club until after the season. The organization will re-evaluate the position at that time.

Indications are the Marlins may indeed have Simmons on their radar to manage.

Rodriguez, in the meantime, has done a terrific job since taking over. Entering Friday night at San Diego, the Marlins are 17-15 with Rodriguez at the helm, and they are at 51-51 overall.

Simmons currently is the Padres bench coach.

Recently, he spoke with the Padres reporter Corey Brock about his managerial aspirations.

“I’ve done everything but manage,” Simmons told Brock in a story that ran on the Padres official web site. “This is my third year as the bench coach [second with San Diego] and after three years, either you do it [manage] or forget about it.”

Simmons, who will turn 61 on Aug. 9, may interview with Florida in the off-season. Simmons told Brock recently that he didn’t want to talk about any teams specifically right now.

— Joe Frisaro


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