SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have hired San Diego bench coach Ted Simmons as a senior adviser to general manager Jack Zduriencik.
The Mariners announced the move Friday. Simmons has spent the past two seasons as the Padres bench coach. Before moving to the Padres bench, he worked in the San Diego front office in various positions from 1999-07 and was the Milwaukee bench coach in 2008.
Simmons was the general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1992-93 and spent six seasons in the Cleveland front office as a scout and assistant.
Simmons played 21 years in the majors and was an eight-time All-Star. The switch-hitting catcher was a .285 hitter with 248 homers and 1,389 RBIs in 2,456 games.