The Padres named Ted Simmons vice president of scouting and player development.

Simmons, 50, was GM of the Pirates for 16 months in 1992-93 before stepping down because of health problems. He was the Cardinals' director of player development from 1988 to '92 and was a special assignment scout for the Indians for the past six seasons.

Simmons will report to GM Kevin Towers, who was a national cross-checker with the Pirates in 1992.

Simmons played 21 years in the major leagues as a catcher with St. Louis, Milwaukee and Atlanta, hitting .285 with 248 home runs and 1,389 runs batted in during 2,456 games.

Simmons, an eight-time all-star, batted .300 or better seven times and drove in 90 or more runs eight times.

THE BIG 3-0: The Dodgers honored coach Manny Mota before Wednesday night's game for his 30th season with the team. Mota, 62, ended his 20-year playing career and 12-year stint with the Dodgers in 1982, finishing with 150 pinch hits -- a major league record that still stands.

LONG BALL: Jeff Kent and J.T. Snow each hit their 20th home runs Wednesday, meaning along with Barry Bonds (31) and Ellis Burks (28), the Giants have four players with 20 homers in a season for the first time since Willie McCovey (39), Willie Mays (28), Bobby Bonds (22) and Dick Dietz (22) accomplished the feat in 1970. . . .

The Marlins have lost 13 of their last 17 games against the Giants. Three of those wins came Aug. 9-11 in a three-game sweep in Miami.