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Holy Jeter! Your American League Gold Glove Winners

Nov 9, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

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I have no words.  Aaron’s analysis is here. Here are the winners:

C: Joe Mauer

1B: Mark Teixeira

2B: Robinson Cano

3B:Evan Longoria

SS: Derek Freakin’ Jeter

OF: Ichiro Suzuki

OF: Carl Crawford

OF: Franklin Gutierrez

P: Mark Buehrle

I suppose good arguments can be made for and against most of those guys, but I don’t see how anyone can call Derek Jeter the best defensive shortstop in the American League. Even the heartiest Jeter backers have given up vouching his defense in recent years.  This is an inertia award, voted on by people who care less about actually honoring good defense than in honoring tenure and popularity and, maybe, in defensively perpetuating the erroneous belief that we never grow old, our skills never erode and that we never will die.

The thinking: “Hey, if Derek Jeter is still pickin’ it like gold in his mid-to-late 30s, I must be in my salad days! [whistle whistle whistle . . .]”

We’ll have more analysis on this as the day goes on. I, for one, am going to get a stiff drink in the hopes of forgetting this ever happened.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    I am without words.

    More irrelevant: Gold Glove awards or a cassette player?

    • sdelmonte - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:42 PM

      You can still play your old cassettes on a cassette player.

  2. Jonny 5 - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Dude! This really kinda blows up the validity of the award. Let’s give Bush the Nobel peace prize, and Obama the award for fiscal responsibility now….. Did Obama get the peace prize btw???? While dropping bombs in foreign lands mind you…. people really suck at voting. And that’s all I got ta say bout that.

  3. Eric Solomon - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    I’m a die-hard Yankee fan, and I know he sucks. The thing is, he doesn’t butcher plays, doesn’t make errors, and looks really good out there. It’s just that he doesn’t get to nearly as many ground balls as your average shortstop, let alone the good ones.

  4. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Fairy dust in the infield goes a long way.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

      F&cking Yankee orgy….Kanye said it right, it’s “f@cking ridiculous”….

  5. mattjg - Nov 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Hey, those three Yankees players have something in common: They all had negative UZR’s in 2010 according to Fangraphs. I know UZR (and all other defensive metrics) are far from perfect, but they’re not useless. If you’re voting for someone who’s UZR is less than 0, you should at least give your vote some thought before casting it. Here are the Yankee gold-glovers’ 2010 UZR’s:

    Teixeira: -2.9
    Cano: -0.6
    Jeter: -4.7

    No complaints about the voters’ other non-battery choices. Longoria finished 3rd in UZR (trailing Kouzmanoff and Beltre) at 11.1. In the outfield, Ichiro and Crawford are in the top 4 while Gutierrez finishes twelfth. The top outfield UZR? Yankee non-gold-glover Brett Gardner.

  6. bloodysock - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:10 PM

    “What about me? Where’s mine?”

    – A-Rod (the only Yankee infielder not to win the Gold Glove this season)

    • Utley's Hair - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:16 PM

      Go buy one—Jeter already got an undeserved one for the Wankers.

  7. Jonny 5 - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Can’t someone who’s smarter than those voting go steal these awards and deliver them to the deserving parties? That sounds like tons of fun. Mission impossible blended with Harold and Kumar escape from Guantanamo bay is what I’m thinking….

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:21 PM

      And remember, the geniuses who vote for the HoF use these awards (GG) along with MVP votes and ASG appearances as justification for who they vote/don’t vote for!

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

        Oh and sorry for the double post, but I just got done arguing how bad Jeter was a shortstop since his range is terrible, and come to find out he wins a GG.

        I’m going to write my brother and say that my wife is terrible about keeping money so we should hope to never win the lottery. Come on powerball!

  8. nwgiantfan - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Looks like the Yankees buy more than ballplayers!

  9. ThatGuy - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    I can’t wait til Jeter wins the Silver Slugger over Ramirez as well.

  10. oh2vette - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

    .989 fielding pct only 6 errors
    Thats how to win gold glove

    • ThatGuy - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:53 PM

      You realize Errors are subjective right? Someone sitting at the stadium decides if it’s an error or not, and fielding percentage is determined using errors. Ever considered that he has so few errors because he can’t get to a lot of the balls that Andrus, Rameriz and Hardy get to? Statistics have evolved passed errors and fielding percentage. Check out UZR, Range Factor or numerous other stats that show Jeter was fairly below average this year.

      • roboid22 - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

        Experience is not factored into UZR, so that offsets some of the loss of range.

      • larrytsg - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM

        I knew a guy who used to be an “official scorer” at Fenway on a regular basis for a number of years. He’s not a sportswriter, but a guy who knows the game. You know that when soneone popular gets charged with a “questionable” error, they sometimes appeal to the scorer themselves, or send someone to appeal, and it can be overturned. Yep, so the scorers are edgy to call anything not obvious an error, so that’s how a guy like Jeter gets only 6 errors in a season. Oh yeah, that and errors and Fielding Pct. are both totally irrelevant, like you stated.

  11. roboid22 - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:50 PM

    Looks like only Yankees haters are logged in. Obviously none of you have ever played the game. 6 errors in 156 games!!!!!!!!!!!! You all probably drop more beer bottles than that in a week.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

      As i posted in the other jeter thread:

      Fielding % is a terrible metric to use when comparing players [as is errors]. To make an extreme example, what’s better, a defender with 0 range but never misplays a ball or has a horrible throw to first, or a defender with incredible range who stops everything within 15-20 feet but occasionally boots a grounder or tosses one away?

      Fielding % [and errors]would love the first guy but hate the latter, but the latter will turn far more grounders into outs than the former. Jeter isn’t a statue out there, but there are a lot of plays he doesn’t get to that the average defender does, let alone an elite defender.

    • Lukehart80 - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

      Errors, REALLY?! It’s 2010 people, get it together.

      I don’t drop ANY beer bottles during the week… because I’m not carrying many of them. Does that make me some sort of glass-container-wizard???

      “You cannot lose if you do not play.” You will not be given an error on a ball you were too slow to get to.

      • Alex K - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:22 PM

        Nice reference. I just rewatched the first season of The Wire.

      • Lukehart80 - Nov 9, 2010 at 7:11 PM

        Anything for a reference to the greatest TV drama ever!

    • cktai - Nov 10, 2010 at 5:07 AM

      Have you ever played the game? Because if you did then you’d know that the best way to avoid an error is not to dive for a ball and when its close it is better to hold the ball and not make a play. If you have ever been a scorer then you would also know how harsh it is when you have to give an error to someone who puts in a huge effort only to just miss the ball while someone who doesnt even flinch gets away with no error at all.

      Here is a nice stat for you though, of all shortstops in the AL to play more then 1200 innings, Jeter has the fewest put outs and the fewest assists. Next worst in both categories is Cesar Izturis (212 PO vs 182 and 382 A vs 365) who was involved in 57 more outs dispite playing 50 innings less.

  12. schlom - Nov 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Except for 3B all the infield winners led the league in fielding percentage (at least among full-time starters as Teixeira was behind Casey Kotchman who started on 108 games). The greatest mystery is how Longoria won as he was only 5th (of 8) in field percentage.

    • schlom - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

      That’s 5th of 8 majority starters – stupid smileys!

  13. Chris Fiorentino - Nov 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

    The sickest part of this is that it is voted upon by the 30 managers and coaches. I could see if it were voted upon by the same idiots who judges whether a play is an error or not. But no…this was actual managers…and coaches. Unreal.

    CONGRATS TO EL CAPITAN!!!!

  14. apbaguy - Nov 9, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    As someone who watched Kouz play all year, the guys who do UZR need to significantly revamp the metric if he’s rated more highly than Longoria. There is no comparison. I played 3B (never in the majors, obviously) And Kouz is good, but Longoria is great, as is Beltre.

  15. locobro - Nov 9, 2010 at 8:24 PM

    here is my sad story, i will never ever buy mlb.tv accounts again so i can watch those good. defence players i enjoy ramirez, andrus, hardy, i have let it pass before but money is hard to get these days and i worked hard to pay that 120 a year, so at the end of the year a fat dumb guy who knows less baseball then a football cheerleader, choses jeter, over alexei ramirez, elvis andrus im done i know me not signing up again is poinless to these rich people but. i will not sign up to be in peace with me. and i love baseball since a kid. these really sucks but i wont watch anymore.

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