Former Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons announced his retirement on social media earlier this week. The 34-year-old hangs up his cleats after eleven major league seasons. He hasn’t appeared in the big leagues since July 2022.
These plays still make our jaw drop— MLB (@MLB) December 29, 2023
Congrats on a great career, Andrelton Simmons! pic.twitter.com/AXHoyyBeoH
Drafted by the Braves in 2010, Simmons stayed in the organization through the 2015 season before being dealt to the Los Angeles Angels. He won two Gold Glove Awards with the Braves and went on to win two more with the Halos.
Known for his defensive dominance, Simmons may be the best infielder of his era. He logged 1,206 career games at shortstop with a .981 fielding percentage.
However, injuries in 2016 and 2019 significantly cut his playing time and likely contributed to his abbreviated career. Nevertheless, Simmons had an incredible tenure and will be remembered by Braves Country for years to come.
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