Simon: Andrelton Simmons wins defensive tournament of excellence

From SABR member Mark Simon at ACTA Sports on April 8, 2020:

After a week of intense competition in Twitter polls, Andrelton Simmons won the SIS Tournament of Defensive Excellence, as the best defensive player of the 21st century. He survived our 32 player field, beating Mark Buehrle, Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Andruw Jones, and then Matt Chapman in head-to-head voting matchups.

Simmons was set to pass Adrian Beltre as the all-time leader in Defensive Runs Saved this season. He’s at 193, nine off the lead, in nearly 10,000 fewer innings than Beltre played. Defensive Runs Saved dates back to 2003, but even if we go back to 2000, Simmons is the leader in’s Defensive Wins Above Replacement, ahead of Beltre and Yadier Molina.

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Originally published: April 8, 2020. Last Updated: April 8, 2020.