Andrelton Simmons standing on a baseball field with a glove on his hand is a web gem waiting to happen, and this winter Braves Journal is going to determine which of his gems is the best of his bestâ€”his Jadeite. For the full rules, check out the introduction.
Round 1: Out of His Way vs. On the World Stage
Note: Both of these videos contain multiple plays; the competing plays are the first ones that you see in both clips.
Out of His Way
Editor’s Pitch: Shortstops are really never supposed to be in the area that Simmons caught this ball in, but he doesn’t play by the same rules a typical shortstop competes under, so, of course, he gets to foul territory in enough time to slide and make the play. He then popped right back up, ready to throw the ball to keep the runner on second. His instincts are incredible.
On the World Stage
Editor’s Pitch: Simmons’s skills are not confined to the regular season. He was in mid-season form in March, during the World Baseball Classic. Seeing a 6-3 double play is not rare, but seeing a 6-3 double play from centerfield is very rare. He was once again in an area most shortstops never see, and he once again made an incredible play and was ready to throw immediately. In this case, he was able to get a second out. I know I just said it, but it bears repeating: his instincts are incredible.