FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2015 file photo former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons delivers his speech during the Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony in St. Louis. Simmons, an eight-time All-Star during a 21-year big league career, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (Huy Mach /St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP, file)
SAN DIEGO (AP) Ted Simmons can thank WAR, on-base percentage and other modern measures of baseball players for helping him reach the Hall of Fame 31 years after he retired.
The eight-time All-Star catcher was elected to the Hall by a veterans committee after falling one vote short two years ago.
Simmons received 13 of 16 votes when the modern era committee gathered Sunday ahead of the winter meetings. Also elected was Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing.