Did you see that play
yesterday! Wow! Or maybe you saw this one? Or this one? Young Andrelton Simmons is already making quite an
impression. While no one player is going to be responsible for any team's success, the
Braves are now 4-1 with their new shortstop. And the Braves' pitchers have given up a total
of seven runs since he was installed at the position for the team. Of course this next stat
could be quite meaningless, but Fangraphs already gives Simmons a +1.2 runs for his
defense after just five games. Despite the extremely small sample size, Simmons has
already become must-see baseball.
The beautiful symmetry of the Braves employing Simmons is that he was born in Curacao. It
seems the Braves had another player from there who made a big splash for the team back
in 1996. Both changed the scene with their defense and the former became quite the
offensive force in his career. The Braves do not need Simmons to hit, just man his position
like he is so far. But don't ...