The Gold Glove continues to be a screwy award

November 4, 2012

> If there’s going to be an award called a “Gold Glove” handed out to a player at each position every year, it should go to the best defensive player at that position for that given year, no?

Apparently not. Before I get into my point, here are the 2012 GG winners for each position:

American League:

C: Matt Wieters, Orioles
1B: Mark Teixera, Yankees
2B: Robinson Cano, Yankees
SS: J.J. Hardy, Orioles
3B: Adrian Beltre, Rangers
LF: Alex Gordon, Royals
CF: Adam Jones, Orioles
RF: Josh Reddick, Athletics
P: Jeremy Hellickson, Rays/Jake Peavy, White Sox

National League:

C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B: Adam LaRoche, Nationals
2B: Darwin Barney, Cubs
SS: Jimmy Rollins, Phillies
3B: Chase Headley, Padres
LF:
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
CF: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
RF: Jason Heyward, Braves
P: Mark Buehrle, Marlins

Plenty of guys were considered “snubbed” at their respective positions because of their reputation for making spectacular defensive plays. Take Mike Trout, for instance. He robbed home runs (literally going up the wall and bringing the ball back into the park) on three occasions this year as the center fielder for the Angels. But why did Jones win?

Statistically, Jones actually had a better defensive season than Trout; Jones had the better defensive WAR. Denard Span of the Twins also had a better defensive WAR than Trout.

In my opinion, that’s the way it should be- the guy who is statistically the best defender at each position should win. That happened in a few cases this year: Rollins had the best fielding percentage among NL shortstops, Barney committed just two errors at second base (which led NL second baseman, obviously), Teixera had just one error all year, Cano was tied for first in fielding percentage at second base, and so on.

But, of course, when it came to the possibility of a Brewer getting a Gold Glove, he got screwed. Aramis Ramirez led the NL in fielding percentage and had the fewest errors among qualifying third basemen. So who obviously wins the award at third base? Headley, duh.

But why? If one player has better defensive statistics than another player at a certain position, that player should win the Gold Glove. This is the one award I think should be strongly influenced by statistics, because there’s always going to be one player who is definitively better than another (statistically) at each position. Most of the defensive statistics go hand-in-hand, so it’s unlikely there’s going to be two players who each have one better defensive statistic than the other. This is a far different award than something like the MVP or Cy Young Award, in which there are a series of different statistics that don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with each other. That makes for more of an argument for who should win those award, which is why it’s okay for there to be voters.

But there shouldn’t be a vote for the Gold Glove. There’s a best defensive player at each position, and that’s that.

THE NEWS

> The Brewers signed free agent righty Michael Olmsted to a minor league contract.

> Travis Ishikawa officially elected free agency.

> Two Brewers were selected to play in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars game- Hunter Morris and Johnny Hellweg. Morris hit clean-up and went 1-for-1 with an infield single and a sacrifice fly.

> The Cubs nearly sent Carlos Marmol to the Angels in exchange for Dan Haren last night, but the deal wound up not going through. The Angels were looking for anything they could get before they had to decline Haren’s option for 2013, but, since the trade didn’t come to fruition, they were forced to decline the option. Haren is now a free agent and could be a possible fit for the Brewers.

> 10 teams are reportedly interested in lefty free agent Mike Gonzalez. I’d take him, seeing as the Brewers will be very thin on lefty relievers once again next year (if they have any). Manny Parra, the only lefty in the Brewers’ bullpen in 2012, is probably going to be one of the next guys to go.

> Minor moves:

Rockies: Outrighted Carlos Torres to Triple-A; reinstated Josh Sullivan, Todd Helton, Juan Nicasio, and Christian Friedrich from the 60-day DL.
Orioles: Outrighted Lew Ford, Zach Phillips, and Steven Tolleson to Triple-A.
Mets: Outrighted Mike Nickeas to Triple-A.
Twins: Outrighted Sam Deduno to Triple-A.
Royals: Outrighted Manny Pina to Triple-A; reinstated Danny Duffy and Felipe Paulino from the 60-day DL.
Mariners: Signed Hisashi Iwakuma to a two-year extension; re-signed Oliver Perez.
Blue Jays: Acquired Esmil Rogers from the Indians.
Indians: Acquired Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes from the Jays.
Cardinals: Outrighted Steven Hill, Bryan Anderson, and Adam Reifer to Triple-A.
Pirates: Outrighted Ali Solis to Triple-A.
Astros: Outrighted Chuckie Fick to Triple-A; outrighted Brian Bogusevic, Jorge De Leon, and J.B. Shuck, all of whom elected free agency.
Athletics: Re-signed Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal.
Marlins: Signed Kevin Kouzmanoff and Jordan Smith to minor league deals.


After offense struggles all game, Braun lifts Brewers with homer

September 14, 2011

At this point, the Brewers’ offense is probably the worst it’s been all year. But, they keep getting clutch hits when they need them, and the pitching keeps them in the game.

The Brewers walked-off against the Rockies today and won in 11 innings, 3-2. The final blow was a solo shot by Ryan Braun off Rockies reliever Matt Lindstrom. It was Braun’s 12th career walk-off hit, and it picked up a Brewers’ offense that hasn’t scored more than three runs since September 5th.

Before Braun’s homer, the offense struggled with runners in scoring position again, going 0-for-6 with RISP. And, they managed one run off Rockies starter Esmil Rogers over six innings. Note that Rogers had an ERA over 6.00 coming into today. Anyway, that one run came on a Prince Fielder home run, which tied up the game in the sixth.

Zack Greinke went just five innings today, but that was because of a very high pitch count, which ended at 116. He had very sloppy defense behind him, though, which was the cause for the extended pitch count. Anyway, the bullpen picked Greinke up, going six shutout innings (Kameron Loe picked up the win).

The Brewers will go for a two-game sweep tomorrow against the Rockies and will send Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25 ERA) to the mound. He’s coming off a bad start against the Phillies in which he gave up five runs, but he’s 2-0 with a 3.21 ERA in his career against the Rockies.

The Rox will counter with Kevin Millwood (2-2, 3.79 ERA). Yeah, he’s still around. Millwood is pitching in the National League for the first time since 2004 when he was with the Phillies. He had a bad year with the Orioles last year, and has bounced around between three Minor League systems this year (Yankees, Red Sox, Rockies), but has ended up in the Majors with the Rockies to fill in for the injured Juan Nicasio. Anyway, Millwood is 4-2 with a 5.23 ERA against the Brewers in his career.

By the way, I have to make this post shorter than usual because the game didn’t end until late, and I have to get up early tomorrow. I might add a few things tomorrow, if I get the time.


After Gallardo blows away Phils, Brewers rally in seventh

September 11, 2011

Today is 9/11. 10 years ago today, I was sitting in preschool. In fact, I’m amazed I even have any memory of this day (but I’ve been known to remember my early years better than most). Anyway, as I was sitting in my desk at preschool, talking with friends that I wish I was still in contact with today, when I noticed the teachers starting to get antsy and nervous. Nobody else in the class noticed this, at least they weren’t showing it- but I wouldn’t expect a class of four year-olds to, I guess, which is why I’m so surprised I picked up on it. The teachers didn’t say anything, obviously because they didn’t expect a group of four year-olds to even remotely understand the events the had just occurred in New York.

I don’t remember the rest of the day all that well. I’m guessing my parents tried to explain to me what had happened, but I know that it wasn’t until a few years later that I actually realized the significance of that event to our country. And, to be honest, it wasn’t until last year that I saw actual footage of the disaster. But that’s probably a good thing, because if I’d been any younger, I wouldn’t have been able to take it. It was even tough for me to take last year, seeing the two planes crash into the towers, hearing the people scream, watching the people jump… Just terrifying. But, today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Americans can proudly say that the very man behind 9/11- Osama Bin Laden- is gone for good.

Anyway, now that I’m done talking about that, let me say one more thing- to all the men and women who serve America, I salute you.

On one of the most depressing days of the year, the Brewers cheered me up by defeating one of my least favorite teams- the Phillies- 3-2. It snapped a five-game losing streak that the Brewers had going since last week in St. Louis. Speaking of St. Louis, the Cardinals defeated the Braves today, 6-3, and that lowered the Brewers’ magic number to 10, since the Brewers won as well. But the Cards swept the Braves, and are just 4.5 games back in the Wildcard race.

Yovani Gallardo flat-out killed the Phillies. He went seven great innings, giving up two runs on just three hits. He walked one and struck out 12, which ties a career-high. It was also Gallardo’s 16th win of the season, which continues to add on to a career-high in that category as well.

The Brewers got on the board against Vance Worley in the second inning on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI groundout. They had tons of other chances to score, but, up until the seventh inning, the Brewers did what they’ve done best over the past few days- leave tons of runners in scoring position.

Gallardo ran into trouble in the sixth inning, giving up homers to both Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. Gallardo’s home runs allowed stat ballooned to 26 after today, and, in three September starts, he’s given up eight home runs. As long as they’re solo home runs, I’m fine with it, but, before today, they’d always be with runners on base.

Anyway, the Brewers finally gave the Phillies a taste of their own medicine in the seventh inning- they got three straight two-out hits, capped off by a go-ahead single by Ryan Braun. All of this happened off Worley, who took just his second loss of the year. It was also the first time in 14 games that Worley started that the Phillies have lost.

Rickie Weeks was in the starting lineup today after drawing a walk in last night’s game. But, he still doesn’t have an official at-bat since returning from the DL- he drew another walk today, and was hit by a pitch. I don’t know if the Phillies are extremely stupid, or if Weeks got a better eye while on the DL, but he just didn’t get anything to hit.

The Brewers have an off-day tomorrow, but will open up a two-game series with the Rockies at Miller Park on Tuesday. Zack Greinke (14-6, 3.93 ERA), who is 10-0 at Miller Park this year, will go for the Brewers. He has two starts against the Rockies this year, and has taken no-decisions in both, but the Brewers came back to win both of those games after Greinke left while on the hook for the loss. Greinke’s ERA in those two starts is 3.00, and he’s 1-1 with a 5.56 ERA overall in his career against the Rox.

The Rockies will counter with the struggling Esmil Rogers (6-5, 6.26 ERA). His ERA has been over 6.00 practically all season, despite his record starting off 5-1. Rogers has a 6.35 ERA in his career against the Brewers.


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