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It's Award Season
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 11/6/2007 3:38:00 PM
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Gold Glove winners were announced today, and, per usual, I have qualms. Derrek Lee is a fine first baseman, but Todd Helton had five less errors in nearly 300 more chances. And of course Maddux and Pudge got a free ride again (not necessarily that Maddux doesn't deserve it, but at this point his name should just be pre-printed on the ballot). Coco Crisp should have gotten a nod in the AL outfield, and while Jimmy Rollins is swell, Troy Tulowitzki had 117 more chances in 66 less innings and had the same number of errors as Rollins. And I'll take Utley at second, too, thanks.

My question, though, is who should really vote on these awards? Managers and coaches vote for Gold Gloves but don't seem to put much effort into it. Baseball writers vote for MVP, Cy Young, etc., and there are sometimes goofy results with those, too. The biggest rip-off is fan voting for the All-Star Game. So, if managers, writers and fans can't get it right, who should vote (besides me)? Or does it not matter if some awards are totally out of whack? Or are mistakes an unavoidable flaw of any system, and, thus, I should stop whining about it? Or perhaps the mistakes are actually what make it interesting because it gives old men something to talk about while propped atop bar stools?

Maybe Gold Gloves, et al, don't really matter, but they do help form the conventional wisdom, and I get annoyed with a conventional wisdom that says Brooks Robinson is the best all-time fielding third baseman just because he won more Gold Gloves than Mike Schmidt.


It's mostly a lazy reputation thing, like voting offensive tackles to the Pro Bowl. Everyone who voted for Palmeiro that one controversial year should have lost their ballots for life.
Posted by spianow at 11/6/2007 5:14:00 PM
Cool to see the NL pick a short fielder this year. Oh, okay, I guess there was a tie.
Posted by spianow at 11/6/2007 5:16:00 PM
Check out the Fielding Bible awards for a better determinant of who should receive these awards.

Tulo was hosed. He was the #1 SS in the FB awards.
Posted by vtadave at 11/7/2007 10:28:00 AM
Anyone have a link to the Fielding Bible awards. Also, as a Mets fan, love Wright but don't think he deserved the Gold Glove. Maybe the voters were still swayed by his bare-handed, over-the-shoulder grab from 2005?
Posted by airjan23 at 11/7/2007 1:53:00 PM

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