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 best—his Jadeite. For the full rules, check out the introduction.
Round 1: Double ‘Em Off vs. Tricked You
Double ‘Em Off
Editor’s Pitch: Unless an attempted steal was happening, runners are usually not doubled off on looping line drives, especially looping line drives to short. When Andrelton Simmons is involved, though, words like “unless” and “usually” mean very little. If there’s a play to make, Simmons will be all over it.
Editor’s Pitch: This was one of those “wow, he almost made that play?” moments that he juuust missed. Fortunately, he came close enough—and opposing players know that he can make plays like this—that he was able to still get an out, just not the one he was initially going for. In the bottom of the ninth in a tie game with two runners on, that is a pretty big deal. Just when you get used to Simmons doing the exceptional in a certain way, he changes things up and does the exceptional in a different way. Just to keep things interesting.