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.


Back…

July 16, 2011

11:59p Sorry for not posting for a few days. I’ve been out of town for the past two days, and I didn’t have internet for my computer where I was. But I’m back now, and daily posts should continue as usual.

Anyway, the Brewers started off their second half of the season on the road the same way it’s been for them on the road all season: crappy. They’ve dropped the first two games in Denver at the hands of the Rockies. Ubaldo Jimenez stifled them for the most part yesterday while Yovani Gallardo fell apart once again at Coors Field. Then, today, Juan Nicasio shut down the Crew for seven innings and the Brewers were shut out. That eliminated a quality start from Chris Narveson, who went six innings and gave up three runs.

Meanwhile, we still haven’t been able to see what the newly-acquired Francisco Rodriguez can do in a Brewers uniform, since we haven’t been in a winning situation since he’s been with us. Even if we don’t win tomorrow (which we better, otherwise I will NOT be happy), I’d expect to see K-Rod enter the game in some situation just to get some work in.

By the way, there’s something about the K-Rod deal I forgot to mention. If Rodriguez finishes 21 more games this season, a vesting option activates, which will make the Brewers owe $17.5 million to him next year. Or, at least that’s what would have happened, but now there’s been a change of luck for the Brewers and their small market.

Earlier today, the Brewers, K-Rod, and K-Rod’s agent, the notorious Scott Boras, all agreed to make that huge vesting option mutual, meaning that both sides would have to agree for the vesting option to activate. That should make the Brewers feel much better about letting K-Rod finish games.

Anyway, one more thing before I go- Ryan Braun’s hit streak ended at 23 today. he extended it yesterday on his first day back after being injured for eight games, but couldn’t do it today.


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