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. To see the previous posts in the series, click here.
Well, Braves Journal, Simmons is really starting to stump us. We have had a few close shaves this round, but this contest ended up in a dead tie. The only thing to do is run the contest again! So, call your friends and tell them to vote! Vote early and vote often! (Except, not really, because you can only vote once…although if it really means that much to you to see your play make it to the next round, you could always find a second computer to vote on or clear your browser’s cache…but don’t tell Alex I told you that).
Without further ado, I present:
Runoff: You Shall Not Pass vs. On the World Stage
You Shall Not Pass
Editor’s Pitch: I’m really not sure how Simmons got to this ball. He had to dive, obviously, but then he had to reach up to actually catch it. I wouldn’t have guessed his arms were long enough to make this play, but the one lesson I have learned from watching Andrelton for three years is to always expect the impossible. And this certainly looks impossible.
Last Round: You Shall Not Pass beat The Ballerina 39-1.
On the World Stage
Note: The very first play shown in this clip is the play in competition.
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.
Last Round: On the World Stage beat Out of His Way 28-10.