Any interview with Ted Simmons is interesting, the man had a Hall of Fame-caliber career and has done most every job there is in baseball, from coaching to being a general manager - and doesn't mind talking about it.
Now that he's Seattle Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik's 'special advisor,' talking to Simmons can also open a peek into the thinking of the front office, at least from his point of view.
Simmons sees the Mariners turning their 101-loss season around and becoming competitive more quickly than most anyone, and you may or may not agree with his reasons. But the story is worth a read in part because it helps explains one of the off-season's more dramatic moves.
When Seattle acquired free agent catcher Miguel Olivo, signing him for two years and a third-year option, it essentially closed a door in the face of Adam Moore, who once was considered the future behind the plate
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Simmons was one of Olivo's biggest advocates, believing the veteran catcher could help bring a rag-tag team together - and Simmons believes without 25 men linking arms, no team can win.
Again, Ted has strong opinions. Agree with 'em or not, but they'll help explain the direction the 2011 Mariners have one and are going, and why he's such a huge believer in manager Eric Wedge.