NEW YORK -- Many have marveled at the diving stop Andrelton Simmons made to end the fourth inning of Sunday afternoon's loss to the Orioles. Count the Braves rookie shortstop among the few who were not impressed by the latest indication that he is a special defensive player.
"Shortstops are supposed to make that play," Simmons said.
Told of Simmons' confident assessment, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said, "Good, I'm glad he thinks that way. I'll hold him to it."
While creating this defensive gem that he is downplaying, Simmons left his feet as he dove to his right to catch Adam Jones' sharp grounder. When the baseball took a sudden hop and nearly went behind him, the 22-year-old shortstop stretched his left arm above his head and secured it before making a strong throw to retire Jones.
"If I had to run farther or go deeper, maybe it would have been a better play," Simmons said. "But he hit it pretty hard, so I didn't have to move that much.