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: 180˚ Genius vs. Showing Off the Arm
Editor’s Pitch: Simmons’s instincts on this play are crazy. After he was forced to change his route, he still wanted to try to get two. The problem was, he had to run back to the bag to get the first out, which put his back squarely toward first. How does he choose to compensate for that? By jumping and spinning 180˚ and throwing mid-air. Seriously, who does that? The throw wasn’t great, but it was certainly catchable. Had Freddie been able to catch it, this would have been one of the coolest double plays I have ever seen.
Showing Off the Arm
Editor’s Pitch: Simmons’s arm strength is incredible. I really want to see him throw off of a mound. This play’s brilliance is in its simplicity. This ball certainly looked like a hit off the bat, but Simmons fielded it without any fanfare. He then completed a strong enough throw that the play at first wasn’t even close. It may not be his most flashy piece of work, but it is one worth lauding.