In his literary masterpiece "The Art of Fielding" author Chad Harbach summed up the position as well as anyone.
"The shortstop is a source of stillness at the center of the defense," Harbach wrote. "He projects this stillness and his teammates respond."
The Braves have been anything but still at shortstop of late, throwing everybody but the batboy out there when Andrelton Simmons went down with a boxer's break to the right hand last season. But when the 23-year-old Simmons came back, he seemed to be better than ever, which was a huge relief for Fredi Gonzalez.
Still there are some burning questions for the young, lanky infielder as the Braves polish the roster and prepare for spring training.
Where will he bat?
Simmons' on-base percentage is 335, which would hint at a two or three spot, but the best and most productive place to put him would be leading off.
With Michael Bourn's free-agency status still in the wings, the one slot is in need of a solid on-base guy with goo...