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    The Official Site of The Milwaukee Brewers: News: Simmons testing Brewers catchers

    PHOENIX -- Every day for two years in the early 1980s, the Brewers' starting catcher would sit with his backup to talk baseball. Ted Simmons often presented a test for young Ned Yost, which is why Yost had to smile earlier this spring when the Brewers' current catcher walked into the manager's office with a puzzled look on his face.
    Simmons, now 58 and joining the coaching ranks after nearly 20 years out of uniform, had presented catcher Jason Kendall with a puzzle: Say you have a baserunner in a rundown and you run him back to the base, only there's another baserunner already occupying it. One of the runners is out, but Simmons told Kendall there is a way to get a double play out of the scenario.

    Then Simmons turned around and walked away.

    Now, Kendall is no rookie. He is a 12-year veteran of the big leagues who has caught 1,625 games. But he went straight to Yost and confessed, "I don't have any idea."

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    Interesting. It's a good thing that the Brewers have Simmons to help out to teach the Catchers how to gain an advantage.

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