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: The Faceplant vs. Taggin’ Fool
Editor’s Pitch: This play was ridiculous enough that Simmons got a double fist pump and a laugh of disbelief from his pitcher. Alex Wood‘s appreciation is well warranted; Simmons stole that base hit at the risk of personal injury (slow motion does nothing to enhance that faceplant). He needed every inch of his 6’2″ frame to make that play, but make it he did. I still laugh in disbelief at it.
Editor’s Pitch: This astounding tag has gotten a lot of well-deserved publicity. Freeman’s throw was awful on what should have been an easy pick-off play, but through an instinct unique only to him, Simmons was able to apply the tag where he caught the ball–between his legs. I can’t find a clip of it, but I remember later on in that broadcast they showed an angle from centerfield that clearly showed Simmons got the tag down. How he was able to do that will remain one of life’s great unsolved mysteries.