Andrelton Simmons, Manny Machado win Platinum Gloves
Rawlings now goes a step further than the Gold Glove, giving a Platinum Glove to the single best defensive player in each league.
No longer content to stop with Gold Gloves, Rawlings takes the nine Gold Glove winners in each league and holds fan voting -- in conjunction with SABR (the Society for American Baseball Research) -- to determine the subjective top defensive player in each league. The winner is given the Platinum Glove for the season.
On Simmons, anyone else would have been a mistake. He was the best defensive player in baseball in 2013. He set a record for defensive runs saved in a season, though it's only been measured for the past 10 years. On baseball-reference.com, Simmons tied Terry Turner (1906) for the highest single-season defensive WAR (5.4) in baseball history. For comparison's sake at short, Ozzie Smith's highest mark ever was 4.7.
Over on Fangraphs.com, Simmons' Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) was second only to ... Machado.
Machado's 31.2 mark actually dwarfed Simmons' 24.6 UZR. Machado trailed only Simmons, Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra in defensive runs saved, so he's obviously a fine choice as well.
And if you don't like advanced metrics, you're left with basically just the eye test -- because you can't judge range on errors/fielding percentage.
So here you go:
And here you go:
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