Friday, June 23, 2017

Sporting News: Andrelton Simmons finds motivation in "glove-first" label

Andrelton Simmons provides defense on a level that makes his offensive contributions secondary, maybe even a bonus. But for much of Simmons' big-league career, the imbalance between his defense and offense was so lopsided that he was collared with a dreaded baseball tag: glove-first.

Still, Simmons’ glove was so exceptional that the Braves plugged him in every day for more than three seasons after his debut in 2012. The Angels were then interested enough to trade for him despite weak runs created plus (wRC+) marks of 71 and 81 in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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