Ted Simmons hit .300 seven times and finished off with a career average of .285, and showed off clutch batting with 1,389 career Runs Batted In. He was a definite asset in the lineup, and showed more than capable power over a long period of time. Statistically, he is on par with the aforementioned Hall of Fame catchers and it could easily be argued that he was more effective with the bat than all of them.
So why didn’t he get even a look from the Hall? Simmons did not win a World Series and wasn’t a flashy media seeking player. He also did play in the catcher slot for a long time, but he was not a great defensive asset and base runners were not threatened by his arm. With that said, shouldn’t Ted Simmons at least have had more than one year on the ballot?