Braves’ trade gives Simmons a chance to return to NL
What mattered to the eight-time All-Star – as he approached his 19th big league season – was for whom he was playing. So when the Atlanta Braves brought Simmons back to the National League on March 5, 1986, the match of player and team was virtually perfect.
Before the month of October ended in 1988, Simmons had taken a job as the director of player development for the Cardinals – beginning his second career as a baseball executive.
“When this opportunity came, the decision (to retire) was made,” Simmons told the Associated Press. “It all started right here (St. Louis). This is where I began. This is where my life changed.”
Simmons was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2020.
Craig Muder is the director of communications for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum