Braves’ Andrelton Simmons with amazing web gem (Video)

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Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons Friday night made what thus far is probably the web gem of the season.

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There’s little doubt that Andrelton Simmons is the best defensive shortstop in baseball. He, too, is probably one of the best defensive players in baseball, period.

Friday night, in the third inning and with the Atlanta Braves holding a 2-0 lead, he proved why, with an absolutely spectacular play.

New York Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud lined what seemed to be a sure single to centerfield in the third inning past the diving glove of Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson.

No matter for the man affectionately known as Simba. Simba grabbed the ball in shallow left field and pulled the ‘ole Derek Jeter pivot-and-launch throw to first base.

The Mets catcher was hustling out of the batter’s box, though, seemingly aware anything hit to the left side of the diamond is within Simmons’ range. However, Simmons unleashed a cannon to first base as he was flying through mid air.

A wonderful stretch at first base by Freddie Freeman guaranteed the out, as d’Arnaud simply could not beat the bee-bee throw.

Simmons made an almost identical play to take a hit away from d’Arnaud a season ago on August 27 of last season.

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