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Gold Glove: Answering the New York question

Posted on: November 12, 2010 11:05 am
 
There are any number of reasons why Derek Jeter won the Gold Glove.

New York bias -- or East Coast bias -- is not one of them.

I wouldn't be pointing this out now, except I keep getting e-mails complaining about it.

Gary wrote: "If Jeter played in any city but New York, he wouldn't have a chance to win a Gold Glove."

And from Jerry: "Imagine how many Gold Gloves Cal Ripken would have gotten had he been a Yankee."

Sorry, but this isn't a Yankee thing. To believe that the Gold Gloves have a Yankee bias, you'd have to believe that the coaches and managers from the 13 other American League teams are biased towards the Yankees. Because the coaches and managers are the ones who vote on the Gold Gloves.

Is it possible that coaches and managers are biased towards Jeter because they love the way he plays the game, and the way he has represented the game? Absolutely, that's possible.

Is it possible they're biased to him because he plays for the Yankees? No chance.

As recently as 2007, none of the AL Gold Gloves went to a Yankee (that was the year Orlando Cabrera got the award at shortstop). Alex Rodriguez won his only two Gold Gloves in the two years before he came to the Yankees (beating out Jeter at shortstop both times).

If you want to say Jeter shouldn't have won the Gold Glove this year, I'll agree with you. If you want to blame it on Yankee bias, sorry, but you're wrong.
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Gold Glove: Answering the New York question

The Yankees fielding.

Infield
Mark Teixeira - 1370 chances, 3 errors. in 148 games at First Base.
Robinson Cano -776 chances, 3 errors in 157 games at Second Base.
Derek Jeter - 553 chances, 6 errors in 150 games at Shortstop.
Alex Rodriguez - 292 chances, 7 errors at in 122 games Third Base.
Bench players Ramiro Pena and Eduardo Nunez  combined for 105 chances, four errors at Third Base, 53 chances, 1 error at Shortstop, and 47 chances 1 error at Second Base. Total chances are 205 chances, and 6 errors.
Rodriguez, Pena and Nunez combined for 497 chances, 13 errors.  Clearly, Third Base is a little weak.

Outfield
Brett Gardner - 300 chances, 1 error in left field in 146 games.
Curtis Granderson - 323 chances, 2 errors in centerfield in 123 games.

Jeter does not have to range as far to his left as Cano probably covers behind second in most attempts. Opposing teams stock up on left handed hitters when you play the Yankees at home, so it would be logical that Cano had more chances. 
Jeter doesn't need to range backwards. Gardner and Granderson have the left side of the outfield covered. 

Compare Jeter and Alexei Ramirez. Ramirez had 768 chances, 20 errors.
If Jeter had 768 chances, he would have about or 9 errors. On the other hand, Rodriguez, Pena and Nunez would only have 215 chances, 6 or 7 errors. This is roughly a 70%-30% fielding ratio.

Jeter's supposed to range for A.Rod?  What are the Yankees paying 25 million for? A.Rod better range a good bit wider than doing 30% of the work and being sloppy at it no less.

How about you ask Jeter to play Shortstop and Third Base and then change the rules so that A.Rod and Posada can both bat as DH's in the line-up?


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