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.
Before we launch into the second round in our series, I wanted to take a moment to honor the plays that did not make it into this contest. Having to cut some of these was hard, but ultimately they had to go, either because a similar play was already included or because there were other plays that were just better.
As I sorted through these one last time after I filled out the bracket, to make sure nothing slipped through the cracks on me, I thought with amazement that for some shortstops, plays like these would easily be in their top five. For most MLB shortstops, these plays would at least make it into their top ten. For Andrelton Simmons, though, they didn’t even crack the top 32. That, I think, may be the most insane thing you will see in this whole contest.
There is no voting for these—just enjoy! Think of this as the lull before the storm. The competition will definitely heat up in round two!
And, really, what better thing is there to do during than offseason than sit around and gorge yourself on clips of Andrelton Simmons being really awesome?