If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me tweet about this ad nauseam, but it is my duty to share this and spread the Gospel of Andrelton Simmons as far and as wide as possible. Someone on YouTube did yeoman’s work and put together 25-plus minutes of defensive highlights involving the Braves shortstop during the 2013 season.
You’ll want to watch this video with a box of tissues nearby. Because his defense will make you cry. Yeah, that’s the ticket.
My favorite play of the whole montage, also depicted in the image to the right, occurs at 2:28.
Simmons went home with both a National League Gold Glove at shortstop and a Platinum Glove, both well-deserved. It’s going to be fun watching him play defense over the years.
The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.
Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.
Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.
ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.
After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.