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NL Gold Glove voters fail to embarrass selves

Nov 11, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

Time to pat yourselves on the back, NL managers and coaches: you weren’t nearly as dim as your AL counterparts in your Gold Glove selections:
C Yadier Molina
1B Adrian Gonzalez
2B Orlando Hudson
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Jimmy Rollins
OF Michael Bourn
OF Matt Kemp
OF Shane Victorino
P Adam Wainwright
I think pretty much everyone will agree that those nine players are all above average fielders. The most encouraging development was that the voters finally rewarded Zimmerman at third base after choosing the mediocre David Wright the previous couple of years. Wright’s chances of a third straight Gold Glove were damaged by his injury, but I thought Kevin Kouzmanoff might get it, especially with the Padres doing everything they could to boost his candidacy. Fortunately, Zimmerman, the far rangier player, got it despite committing 17 errors to Kouz’s three.
Catcher was a no-brainer. My pick at first base would have been Derrek Lee. Albert Pujols was just too sloppy this year, and Lee gets to more balls than Gonzalez. Gonzalez, though, is rock solid. Chase Utley and Clint Barmes were both better than the declining Hudson at second base. The NL’s best shortstop, Jack Wilson, was traded out of the league, though Rollins surely would have topped him anyway. My choice would have been Troy Tulowitzki.
I’d have voted for Bourn, Nyjer Morgan and Mike Cameron in the outfield. Kemp is much, much improved, but he’s still a notch below the elite guys. Victorino is simply overrated. With Morgan, Andrew McCutchen and Colby Rasmus likely to spend full seasons in center next year, Victorino shouldn’t be looking at a long run as a Gold Glover.

  1. Mike - Nov 11, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Victorino is overrated? He covers as much ground as anyone in the league, and he might have one of the strongest arms in the league. Do you even watch baseball?

  2. YEAHRIGHT - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    The most encouraging development was that the voters finally rewarded Zimmerman at third base after choosing the mediocre David Wright the previous couple of years. Wright’s chances of a third straight Gold Glove were damaged by his injury,

  3. YEAHRIGHT - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:06 PM

    Do you even watch baseball?

  4. YEAHRIGHT - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Do you even watch baseball?

  5. Carlos Gonzalez - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Shane Victirino is a solid choice with Beltran being injured. I think Carlos Gonzalez might be in the mix as well despite his drop in the playoffs.

  6. bee - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    NLs best shortstop jack who, you mean jimmy rollins, Didn’t the Phillies have one of the best defences overall, victorino overrated; who lets you even write this stuff

  7. peteinfla - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    I’ve got to agree with Mathew on both Wright and and Victorino, although it seem like the popular thing to do is bash him. Wright is a very good defensive player, but Zimmerman is a great defensive player who should have won the gold glove last year. His range is far superior to Wright’s, and he gets to balls that no other NL 3b gets to. Wright may not make alot of errors, but he doesn’t cover nearly as much ground as Zimmerman. As far as Victorino, he is a great all around player, speed, defense, some power, OB and hits for a good average. But in watching alot of Phillies games both regular season and post, he seems like he has lost a step. It also seems that while he has always played a shallow centerfield, that this season and post season, it hurt him a number of times when he couldn’t catch up to balls hit over his head, that in previous years he would’ve caught. Not trying to knock either player, I like them both alot, but I agree with Mathew’s assessment of both of them.

  8. peteinfla - Nov 11, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Um, I think it is spelled defenses Dee. Who lets YOU write this stuff?

  9. tw - Nov 11, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I don’t know, Utley getting jobbed again at 2B is a slight embarrassment. Hudson’s range is pretty terrible now, and except for a slightly better fielding percentage and error numbers, Utley is without question the better fielder, and was this year, too, despite some miscues in the postseason. When they are inevitably with the ludicrous argument that Hudson (for example) “was a three-time Gold Glove winner,” it’ll be the voters’ fault, not Utley’s.

  10. johnnynewguy - Nov 11, 2009 at 6:05 PM

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about with regards to David Wright. He is an above-average 3B. He isn’t a Gold-Glove Caliber one. I think two years ago he won a gold-glove when there were about 3-4 other 3B with far few errors. That season Chipper Jones had one of his best defensively yet they gave the award to Wright. Why? Two words NEW YORK. Any halfway decent player on the Mets or Yankees will be made to look like gods by the Extra Special Peoples Network. Victoriano has a good arguement to be made yes but people have no ground to stand on with Wright.

  11. JS - Nov 11, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    A bit disappointed with the second base choice. Brandon Phillips was a better choice.

  12. chris - Nov 11, 2009 at 7:06 PM

    Victorina had 1 error the entire season…not too shabby. He routinely threw runners out at home. Next time we will tell him to go to the upper level and make the throw so that you are impressed.

  13. JL - Nov 11, 2009 at 7:22 PM

    When will people stop immediately referencing error totals when discussing defense? It’s annoying, repetitive and nonsensical. Error-fetishists are like the birthers of baseball fans.

  14. smokehouse - Nov 11, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    This is the Onion right? My Lord, your comments are delusional at best. Putting it simply, you don’t know what you’re talking about. You just want to put something out there to see the reaction.

  15. D - Nov 11, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Way not to mention anything specific about what you think is delusional. Having people making arguments for you is perfect when you’re incapable of doing it yourself.
    For example, regarding bee’s idiotic comment, I’m not sure how Rollins was anywhere close to how good Jack Wilson was with the glove this year. Rollins has been a great shortshop defensively over the years, but if you actually WATCHED his play this year (which you clearly didn’t), you would have seen he was a half-step slow in reacting and didn’t have the same range in years past. If you’re one of those stat type guys, UZR and +/- both support that. If not, you’re just going to have to watch some tape and see for yourself.
    And David Wright has always been around average defensively, nothing horrible and nothing great. Get over it.

  16. Ryan - Nov 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Michael Bourn getting the Gold Glove is a true testament to how far he has come since being traded to Houston. When centerfielders come to Minute Maid Park, they dread dealing with the abomination that is Tal’s Hill. Bourn looks at it only as another obstacle he must overcome on his typical day at his home park. I am glad he won. In my opinion, he is probably the only one out of all the candidates that deserved this award. Give Kemp a year or two and he will be definite consecutive year-by-year Gold Glove material. As far as Victorino goes, he might have won this out of lack of true Gold Glovers in the outfield this year. Beltran’s overrated for you Met fans. I’m glad he decided to steal that $116 mil. I look forward to Hunter Pence also getting his first Gold Glove soon. He deserves serious consideration despite his odd throwing style. The kid has a CANNON!!!

  17. Matthew Forster - Nov 12, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Yeah. Morgan and Bourn over Kemp? Get real buddy. How did you even get this job? Kemp is a human highlight reel. He gets to balls hit in the gap that 95% of the outfielders in the majors don’t even have a shot it. The reason why he doesn’t get as much respect is because he makes it look easy. He essentially plays left and center. Manny couldn’t catch a cold.

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