Andrelton Simmons, the Atlanta Braves’ star shortstop, was awarded his first Gold Glove this week after putting on an unprecedented season of defensive skill. The 24-year-old from Curacao (same country of origin as beloved former Braves and 10 time Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones) beat out fellow NL East player Ian Desmond for the honor but it was no contest from the outset of the season.
Had Simmons not been given the award it would have been an outright travesty, though I think we’ll see less and less controversial decisions coming from Rawlings with the addition of the SABR community as voters. The stat-heads of baseball are now responsible for 25 percent of the vote, which is a great addition to the voter pool as they are among the greatest minds analyzing the game today.
Simmons wasn’t just the best shortstop in the NL this season. He put on one of the best seasons in history and it didn’t take more than a few months for people to start likening him to defensive legend Ozzie Smith. It’s pretty safe to say that barring any injuries, Simmons will be winning the Gold Glove yearly for the foreseeable future.