Andrelton Simmons has won his first Gold Glove.
It comes as no surprise to most of the baseball world, and is sure to be the first of many more defensive accolades and hardware for the kid who put up arguably the best defensive season in baseball history–like ever.
So congratulations to Simba for getting the recognition that all of us Braves fans have known he deserved since he came up and dazzled from all over the diamond in 2012.
Simmons edged out Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Colorado Rockies superstar Troy Tulowitzki to take the gold for the National League shortstop position. Good luck to the two of them, and all of the other senior circuit shortstops as they try to steal Simba’s rightful property in the many years to come.
Simmons is also the first Braves infielder to win a Gold Glove since 1992, according to Braves beat writer Mark Bowman:
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) October 30, 2013
So Congratulations to Andrelton for his accomplishment and here’s to all of the highlights he will be making in the coming years.
Be sure to check out our colleague Tomahawk Take’s write-up of the award as well as some videos of Simmons in action. If you don’t want to do that, I will put a highlight video for you here… but who are you kidding? You always want to see more of that cannon.
Here’s Simmons impressing fellow NL Gold Glover, Yadier Molina: