Having a record 41 defensive runs saved in 2013 kind of made Simmons an easy vote. He also led the big leagues with a 5.4 defensive wins above replacement rating and a 24.6 ultimate zone rating, which was more than three times that of the next shortstop.
"It's an honor," Simmons said on mlb.com. "I've always been praised growing up, but to do it in the biggest stage, it's the biggest of honors. … I never thought I would play on the same stage as [idols Derek Jeter and Omar Vizquel] together, so that was fun playing against them last year."
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