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Ex-catcher Simmons joins Rays candidates

Former All-Star catcher Ted Simmons will be the 10th, and perhaps final candidate, to interview for the Devil Rays' managerial job.

Simmons, 48, was general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates for one year but resigned in 1993 after suffering a heart attack. He returned to baseball in 1994 and has been a major-league scout for the Cleveland Indians since.

Simmons has never managed. He concluded a 21-year playing career in 1988 and went to work for the Cardinals as director of player development, running the minor-league system. He was with St. Louis until joining the Pirates in February 1992.

The Rays on Tuesday night interviewed Baltimore hitting coach Rick Down. Marlins coaches Jerry Manuel (tonight) and Larry Rothschild (Thursday) are next, with Simmons expected Friday or Saturday.

A decision is expected next week.

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