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Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:06 pm
Edited on: April 18, 2011 12:28 pm
Oh, as we complain again and again about the Baseball Writers Association of America and their votes for MVP and Cy Young, the coaches and managers once again show they're not a better committee to choose the biggest awards in the game.

Exhibit A: Derek Jeter, Gold Glover.

Derek Jeter Yep, Jeter won the Gold Glove again on Tuesday in a vote from American League coaches and managers. Derek Jeter with a -5.4 UZR/150, -13 runs saved and -17 plus/minus, was determined by the coaches and managers to be the best defensive shortstop in the American League. Among qualified players, only Tampa Bay's Jason Bartlett (-13.8) and Kansas City's Yuniesky Betancourt (-9.2) had a worse UZR/150.

Sure, Jeter had just six errors, but the idea that errors tell you much about a player's defense is preposterous. It tells you who is able to make the routine plays best. That's well and good, but it has little to do with the best all-around defensive player. Jeter has the range of, well, a mediocre 36-year old defensive player. (You know how many times you see Jeter go into the hole and doing that leaping throw, but doesn't quite get the runner? Oh, what a gutty play, he doesn't get an E. Thing is, most other shortstops don't have to make that jump and get the runner.)

Who would be a better choice? Well, who wouldn't?

The Fielding Bible Awards had Chicago's Alexei Ramirez as its third-place finisher, and best among AL players. Ramirez's UZR/150 was 10.1, he had 16 runs saved and a 20 plus/minus.

In UZR/150, Ramirez was trailed by Oakland's Cliff Pennington (8.8), Baltimore's Cesar Izturis (5.8) and Texas' Elvis Andrus (0.3), among qualified players.

The Gold Gloves have been one of those openly mocked selections since a designated hitter won one in 1999 (Rafael Palmeiro). Defense, even in this day and age of advanced statistics, is still highly subjective, with reputation playing more of a role than production. That's what the Gold Glove tells us every year. It also tells us the coaches and managers have as much of a Yankee bias as the media is accused of having.

Alex Rodriguez was the only Yankee infielder not to be awarded, even though the advanced statistics liked Oakland's infield much more.

Mark Teixeira won at first base, even though Oakland's Daric Barton was likely the best choice. Mark Ellis had the top UZR/150 among second basemen (12.7), but the winner was Robinson Cano (-0.9).  Also deserving at second would be Minnesota's Orlando Hudson (12.0 UZR/150). Hudson was the top AL vote-getter in the Fielding Bible Awards, while Ellis was behind him.

As for the outfield, that's probably where a Yankee was actually left off. Left fielder Brett Gardner had the best UZR/150 of any qualified outfielders with a 27.9. He also won the Fielding Bible Award in left field.

American League Gold Glove winners
P Mark Buehrle, White Sox
C Joe Mauer, Twins
1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees
2B Robinson Cano, Yankees
3B Evan Longoria, Rays
SS Derek Jeter, Yankees
OF Carl Crawford, Rays
OF Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
OF Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Since: Feb 15, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:51 am

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

C. Trent Rosecrans

You are obviously a Yankee hater. I can understand your point against Jeter, yes he doesn't get to balls that other SS can get too. But to ridicule Cano and Tex? There were 9 AL winners, and you didn't make a point to single out anyone but a Yankee player? Obviously you just wrote this article to bash the Yankees, making this article as irrelevant as your baseball knowledge.

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:04 am

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

where is the crying of injustice that Longoria won the gold glove with 14 errors?

oh yeah, he isn't a Yankee, nothing to complain about!

Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: November 10, 2010 6:56 am

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

LMAO, could the author of this article be more of a Yankee hater?


Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:29 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

"No one goes into the hole between third and short to catch, jump and throw out baserunners like Jeter... He has yet to loose a step playing shortstop... Congrats Derek..."
This was all meant to be funny, right?

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:03 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

No sense choosing only on metrics--just say so-and-so won the UZR award?  Obviously GG is a subjective evaluation, based (one must presume) on evaluations made on the field by opponents.  Doesn't mean Jeter deserved it, but does mean that there's something beyond metrics at stake in the award (e.g., consistency, intelligent decision-making, and the finer/non-codifiable aspects of the position: e.g., for SS, taking the throw/making the tag on steals; positioning for the cutoff; making the right cutoff decision; etc., etc.).  Anyway, for Jeter/Yankee haters, look at it this way: just jacks up the price for what will surely be a bad contract from management's viewpoint!

Since: Feb 18, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:42 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Correction.....anyone who played SS this year in the AL got jacked.  Jeter, on his best day has never been better than average at SS.  Complet and total joke.

Since: May 19, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:04 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Among qualified players, only Tampa Bay's  (-13.8) and Kansas City's  (-9.2) had a worse UZR/150.
Nice one Derek Jeter.  The acting coach you hired is a h*ll of a lot better than the hack Rick Fox has. 

Since: Sep 6, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:21 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

It seems like the same clueless idiots vote for the gold gloves as vote for the college football polls....  Just vote for the player or team we've heard of or like - not who actually deserves it......

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 6:45 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

The voting results have gotten worse and worse each year since interleague play has come about.  If the coaches only see players outside of their division for 6 games a year, how can they make an accurate assessment of who the best defender is?  They can't.  As far as stats go, coaches do not even look at stats, they just go off what they have scene and reputation; so the argument of what stat to use is irrelevant.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 6:41 pm

Jeter wins another Gold Glove

Cesar Izturis got jacked. SERIOUSLY.

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