Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 2/13/14

26 Oct 1996: Manager Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves is ejected by third base Umpire Tim Welke for arguing after Marquis Grissom of the Braves was called out as he attempted to steal second base in the third inning of game 6 of the World Series against t
Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America After recently profiling Andrelton Simmons for fantasy relevance in 2014, I noted that he had a 12% increase in his fly ball rate from 27% to 39% as well as an outlandish 17.8% popup rate, the latter of which led the majors last year. It seemed extraordinary that a guy with a career fly ball rate of 25% and a career popup rate of 8.6% in the minors would, out of nowhere, start trying to get the ball in the air at such a prolific rate (he ended up #35 in the league, ahead of sluggers like Josh Hamilton, Adrian Gonzalez, and Giancarlo Stanton). When you consider that Simmons hadn’t hit more than 9 career home runs in his entire major and minor league career before 2013, I couldn’t fathom why Simmons of all people wouldn’t be using his decent speed to beat out grounders instead of trying to put one in the seats. Furthermore, I noted during a few Braves’ broadcasts last year the commentators talking about the Braves being an all-or-nothing...
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