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: You Shall Not Pass vs. The Ballerina
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.
Editor’s Pitch: Spinning around while bending and running seems like the perfect recipe for falling flat on your face. Simmons, however, not only manages to look graceful while doing this, he actually uses the move to record an out in major league baseball. And it’s not even a close play. Phenomenal.