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(Major League Baseball)   Andrelton Simmons, 2013 National League Platinum Glove Award winner, makes a strong bid for defensive play of the year   (mlb.com) divider line 30
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2014-07-22 03:40:12 PM  
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Impressed
 
2014-07-22 03:47:06 PM  
Seriously. I've seen wayyyyy better.
 
2014-07-22 03:52:28 PM  

bigpeeler: Seriously. I've seen wayyyyy better.


From Deadspin:   http://deadspin.com/andrelton-simmons-makes-another-superhuman-defens i ve-pl-1608860163

At first glance, this play doesn't look like all that much, just Simmons awkwardly reaching back toward the hole for a sharp grounder before flopping his glove on second to salvage one out from what should have been a double play. But stick around for the replay, and you'll see how great it really was.

The Marlins put on a perfect hit-and-run play, dragging Simmons out of the hole and toward second base to cover the runner, but because Simmons is a ridiculous human who can throw his entire body in two different directions in a split second, the whole thing got blown up. He may have even doubled the runner at first if he'd just gotten a good grip on the ball.
 
2014-07-22 04:28:12 PM  
He's the best defensive shortstop I've seen in a long, long time.  I'm glad he plays for the Braves.
 
2014-07-22 04:35:37 PM  

Principal Clarinet: bigpeeler: Seriously. I've seen wayyyyy better.

From Deadspin:   http://deadspin.com/andrelton-simmons-makes-another-superhuman-defens i ve-pl-1608860163

At first glance, this play doesn't look like all that much, just Simmons awkwardly reaching back toward the hole for a sharp grounder before flopping his glove on second to salvage one out from what should have been a double play. But stick around for the replay, and you'll see how great it really was.

The Marlins put on a perfect hit-and-run play, dragging Simmons out of the hole and toward second base to cover the runner, but because Simmons is a ridiculous human who can throw his entire body in two different directions in a split second, the whole thing got blown up. He may have even doubled the runner at first if he'd just gotten a good grip on the ball.


This, Amazing play.
 
2014-07-22 04:39:41 PM  

smurfco: He's the best defensive shortstop I've seen in a long, long time.  I'm glad he plays for the Braves.


He's the best I've seen since Rey Ordonez.  I'm not even that impressed with this play, given how much defense I expect out of Simmons.  I mean, he dropped the ball.
 
2014-07-22 04:42:24 PM  
A-Rod would have finished the double play


/ducks
 
2014-07-22 04:48:10 PM  

Piizzadude: A-Rod Jeter would have finished the double play broken his ankle.


/ducks


FTFY.
 
2014-07-22 04:53:35 PM  
Wait, there's a platinum glove award now?  Screw that, I want the weapons grade plutonium glove award.
 
2014-07-22 04:56:39 PM  

NewWorldDan: Wait, there's a platinum glove award now?  Screw that, I want the weapons grade plutonium glove award.


I thought I was getting one of those, but it turns out it was only a Shoddy Casing Made Out Of Used Pinball Machine Parts Glove. =(
 
2014-07-22 05:02:12 PM  
Oh, bullshiat. He's a decent SS at best. Range is ok, but nothing special, nice arm. No Omar V.

/Blow it out your ass, subby.
 
2014-07-22 05:02:27 PM  
It's as good a play as you'll see in baseball but acting like he's going in two different directions at once (or, if you're considering doubling back to get the ball before rolling over as the two different directions move, that it's particularly difficult) is silly.

Be a parent going one direction while seeing your child about to fall behind you and you'll find that you have the ability to do this pretty easily, though you're probably going to skip the part where you twist around and slam your child on a base.
 
2014-07-22 05:03:52 PM  
And it was witnessed by dozens of people in the stands
 
2014-07-22 05:05:05 PM  

NewWorldDan: Wait, there's a platinum glove award now?  Screw that, I want the weapons grade plutonium glove award.

I think it's basically the goldenest of Gold Glove winners and it's voted on by fans, so you know it's awesome.
 
2014-07-22 05:13:31 PM  
I am preferential to the Rizzo catch myself.
 
2014-07-22 05:14:28 PM  
It would have been if he had made the throw to first from his butt in time.

And the ball was definitely dropped on the exchange.
 
2014-07-22 05:22:12 PM  

DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Oh, bullshiat. He's a decent SS at best. Range is ok, but nothing special, nice arm. No Omar V.  /Blow it out your ass, subby.


Who knew that there were Fark Fielding Trolls?

Simmons is not only the best defensive shortstop in the game, he's a good pick for the most valuable defender in the game, period.

Principal Clarinet: [cdn.fansided.com image 850x566]
Impressed


Another good choice.  Carlos Gomez and Josh Donaldson are also on the list, and so far Billy Hamilton is making a great case for himself.
 
2014-07-22 05:27:20 PM  

chimp_ninja: DrSansabeltNoShiatSlacks: Oh, bullshiat. He's a decent SS at best. Range is ok, but nothing special, nice arm. No Omar V.  /Blow it out your ass, subby.

Who knew that there were Fark Fielding Trolls?

Simmons is not only the best defensive shortstop in the game, he's a good pick for the most valuable defender in the game, period.

Principal Clarinet: [cdn.fansided.com image 850x566]
Impressed

Another good choice.  Carlos Gomez and Josh Donaldson are also on the list, and so far Billy Hamilton is making a great case for himself.


Juan Lagares should be on that list.

But Simmons is #1.
 
2014-07-22 05:40:24 PM  
 
2014-07-22 05:59:18 PM  
I saw this during the game and did not think much of it. I mean, the announcers sort of reacted, but it just seemed like normal Joe/Chip homerism. Then, people were talking about it later and I still didn't see the big deal.

I feel like he's made some crazier plays just this year (I believe there was a silly double-play that involved fielding a bad throw and jumping to turn it).

If he completed the double-play from his butt? Greatest play of the year.

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It is awesome that he is on the Braves. Great to watch.
He fooled the hell out of a Marlins' runner last night on a foul ball down the left field line. Fooled him so much the runner was standing on second (after the ball landed) and completely did not know where the ball was.
 
2014-07-22 06:07:50 PM  
 
2014-07-22 07:23:58 PM  

bulldg4life: If he completed the double-play from his butt? Greatest play of the year.


Nice stop and tag, but this.
 
2014-07-22 09:48:08 PM  
Not even the defensive play of the day.

/Dustin Ackley
 
2014-07-22 10:02:45 PM  

bigpeeler: Seriously. I've seen wayyyyy better.


No you haven't, especially since he would have had the double play if he held onto the ball....from his ass no less.

He has saved numerous runs for this team, without him they would be 10 games under .500.
 
2014-07-22 10:07:49 PM  

Super Chronic: Not even the defensive play of the day.

/Dustin Ackley


Ehhh that was OK but its part luck and in the right place right time, Simmons does this so many times its almost routine. Besides the fact almost every manager wants Simmons on their team means he's way above every other fielder.

The fact he wasn't an all star on defense alone is criminal.
 
2014-07-23 03:53:36 AM  

steamingpile: bigpeeler: Seriously. I've seen wayyyyy better.

No you haven't, especially since he would have had the double play if he held onto the ball....from his ass no less.

He has saved numerous runs for this team, without him they would be 10 games under .500.


I'm 55 years old. Trust me, I've seen better. I'll wager you never watched Ozzie Smith play season after season like I have. Or a dozen other Gold Glovers at shortstop. Get back to me in 20 years and let's see if you're singing the same tune.
 
2014-07-23 08:15:01 AM  
It was a ho-hum play. For Andrelton.
 
2014-07-23 08:54:21 AM  

steamingpile: He has saved numerous runs for this team, without him they would be 10 games under .500.


Right now, the Braves are 54-46.  You think they'd be 45-55 without Simmons.

+9 Wins in 100 games means you think his glove is worth about +15 wins per season.  Significantly more valuable than Babe Ruth's bat at the height of Ruth's powers.  You think Andrelton Simmons, only considering his glove and assuming no value from his offense or baserunning, is the position player having the greatest baseball season in history.

Hee hee.

bigpeeler: I'm 55 years old. Trust me, I've seen better. I'll wager you never watched Ozzie Smith play season after season like I have.


Steamingpile is 175 years old.  He routinely pines for the days when baseball was more "pure" and "certain people" weren't "hotheads" or "thugs".  He's probably seen left-handed shortstops who played without a glove.  The modern game confuses and frightens him.
 
2014-07-23 10:25:48 AM  

chimp_ninja: steamingpile: He has saved numerous runs for this team, without him they would be 10 games under .500.

Right now, the Braves are 54-46.  You think they'd be 45-55 without Simmons.

+9 Wins in 100 games means you think his glove is worth about +15 wins per season.  Significantly more valuable than Babe Ruth's bat at the height of Ruth's powers.  You think Andrelton Simmons, only considering his glove and assuming no value from his offense or baserunning, is the position player having the greatest baseball season in history.

Hee hee.

bigpeeler: I'm 55 years old. Trust me, I've seen better. I'll wager you never watched Ozzie Smith play season after season like I have.

Steamingpile is 175 years old.  He routinely pines for the days when baseball was more "pure" and "certain people" weren't "hotheads" or "thugs".  He's probably seen left-handed shortstops who played without a glove.  The modern game confuses and frightens him.


Top half [smart], second half [funny].
 
2014-07-23 11:33:01 AM  

steamingpile: No you haven't, especially since he would have had the double play if he held onto the ball....from his ass no less.


Yes, if he'd actually made the play it would've been more impressive. You get as much credit for "would have had the double play if he'd held on to the ball" as Peyton Manning gets for "would have found the open guy on the opening play of the Super Bowl if the ball hadn't sailed over his head while he tried to change the play again."

Lots of plays would be really impressive if they got made.
 
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