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Choosing His Path

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The Atlanta Braves announced their Opening Day roster, and former M-Brave Andrelton Simmons will be their starting shortstop.

But if the Braves had it their way, Simmons' path to the big leagues would have been much different.

This time last year, Simmons was hitting the field as the M-Braves starting shorstop.

"It shows you how life can change, how things can happen, how hard work pays off," Simmons said.

Taken in the 2010 MLB Draft, Simmons was selected as a pitcher.

He boldy countered the Braves offer.

"I told them give me a shot at short," Simmons said. "The road was a little tough because I always felt like if I didn't do that good, they were gonna turn me into a pitcher, but fortunately it didn't happen."

Simmons played both shortstop and pitcher in college.  He says having that dual role helped make his choice easier to make.

"I love pitching but I wanna be in the game all 9 innings," Simmons said.  "In college I had a different role, always had to be ready to come in and pitch."

The Netherlands native is showing he made the right decision.  Playing for his national team in the World Baseball Classic, Simmons helped lead the Dutch to the semifinal round.

Now he's ready to help take this Braves team deep into the postseason.

"We got a lot of talent in this clubhouse.  We're gonna do great things and it's only gonna get better with the next couple of years.

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