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Andrelton Simmons made another incredible play

Jul 28, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

Another day, another ridiculously great play by Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons, this time against the Padres:

At this point I’m almost convinced that the ground balls are purposely doing strange things just to test the limits of what Simmons is capable of.

  1. tbird05 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Seems like the “created in the likeness of God” seems spot on with Andrelton.

  2. phillipdj - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    He’s the best Defensive player in baseball. Without him
    And Heyward being ridiculous at saving runs, the Braves are a .500 team.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    You can’t teach the kind of defensive presence Simmons has. Just unbelievable.

  4. robmar924 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    That .255/.300 slash ain’t bad either…….

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      I wish I was getting that from my team’s first baseman.

  5. peopletrains - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Reminiscent of Ozzie over the middle in ’79

  6. proudofuga - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    what I love is the power and accuracy of Simmons’s arm. some have the fielding skill he has but not combined with the velocity and pinpoint accuracy.

  7. jwbiii - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    That young man can throw some leather. Also bare skin if necessary.

  8. Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    I was at that game, in the club level behind first base – perfect view for that play. Even in real time we could see how preposterous that play was. What a ridiculous human being.

    • jwcamp - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      You’re so cool and your life is so much more exciting than ours.

  9. jwcamp - Jul 29, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    Gold Glove last year and destined for the same this year but can’t get voted on the popularity…er I mean all-star team by the uninformed baseball “fans.”

  10. ironmd778 - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:38 AM

    Pretty easy reaction play. Let’s not get carried away.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:58 AM

      He had to prepare for an awkward in-between hop, and then the ball spun away from him instead. He then had to go from lunging for the ball directly into his throwing motion to get off a hard, accurate throw while flat-footed. But yeah, pretty easy reaction play. Right.

      • pelumaad - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:35 AM

        The hop was head high……spin on the ball may have been more of a problem.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM

        No, I know the hop was actually head high, but if you look at how he sets up, he’s expecting an in-betweener. As for your comment below, I don’t think he was trying to hot dog it, I think he recognized it was going to be an awkward ball, and charging it would have given him no ability to react to any kind of funky hop.

  11. mjphoto45 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM

    He will get the Gold Hand award for that play…

  12. pelumaad - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    Adeiny Hechavarria would have charged the ball and short-hopped it. Andrellton has a tendency to lay back and hot dog what should be a routine play. If you want see what a real shortstop looks like “Hech” is the man.

    • skippymcgee666 - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Considering “Hech” is currently throwing up a -4 DRS and -5.3 UZR, not only would he not have charged and short hopped it, he wouldn’t have even been able to make any play.

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