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Andrelton Simmons empowered by knowledge even as the Angels lose to the Blue Jays, 5-0

Andrelton Simmons empowered by knowledge even as the Angels lose to the Blue Jays, 5-0

Andrelton Simmons’ average fell to .204 on June 22, which is about the time the Angels shortstop received a surprise text message from General Manager Billy Eppler, who sent a batch of statistics showing the type and location of pitches Simmons drives with authority and the ones he struggles to square up.

Simmons, 27, has not been an offensive force in five big league seasons. He’s a defensive whiz who won two Gold Glove Awards with Atlanta before being traded to the Angels last November.

What did he have to lose? He absorbed the material from Eppler and, with input from hitting coaches Dave Hansen and Paul Sorrento, incorporated it into his approach over the...

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