The REAL Gold Gloves

These players are based on the leader in UZR/150- probably the best metric to determine the best defensive player

AL:
C- No real way to measure but Joe Mauer deserves all awards
1B- Kendry Morales (Angels)
2B- Placido Polanco (Tigers)
SS- Cesar Izturis (Orioles)
3B- Adrian Beltre (Mariners)
RF- J.D. Drew (Red Sox)
CF- Franklin Guiterrez (Mariners)
LF- Carl Crawford (Rays)

NL:
C- Yadier Molina- why not
1B- Derrek Lee (Cubs)
2B- Chase Utley (Phillies)
SS- J.J. Hardy (Brewers)
3B- Ryan Zimmerman (Nationals)
RF- Justin Upton (Diamondbacks)
CF- Colby Rasmus (Cardinals)
LF- Raul Ibanez (Phillies)

2 comments:

The 'Bright' One said...

according to bill james, the GG should go to

1B: Albert Pujols, STL - Four Fielding Bible Awards in four years. What's left to say?

2B: Aaron Hill, TOR - Hill wins the tie-breaker on the strength of four first-place votes, as opposed to only one for runner-up Dustin Pedroia.

3B: Ryan Zimmerman, WAS - Third base is a strong, deep defensive position in baseball right now, but Zimmerman has set himself apart by becoming the leader in Defensive Runs Saved over the last three years.

SS: Jack Wilson, PIT/SEA - Even though he split time between leagues, Wilson was the best shorstop in baseball this year, leading all shorstops in Runs Saved by a wide margin (27 compared to Brendan Ryan's 19).

LF: Carl Crawford, TB - No player has ever won with a perfect record (10 first-place votes from 10 panelists), but Crawford came as close as possible, garnering nine out of ten possible first-place votes. His 99 total points is an all-time record.

CF: Franklin Gutierrez, SEA - Winner of the 2008 Fielding Bible Award for right field, Gutierrez moved over to center field in 2009. His 31 Runs Saved were tied with Chone Figgins for the most in baseball.

RF: Ichiro Suzuki, SEA - Hunter Pence gave Ichiro a run for his money, but Ichiro finished with 93 points to Pence's 84. This is Ichiro's second Fielding Bible Award.

C: Yadier Molina, STL - Everyone knows about Molina's incredible throwing arm (well, maybe not the eight guys he picked off this year), but Molina was also the third-best bad-pitch-blocking catcher in baseball behind Carlos Ruiz and Jason Varitek.

P: Mark Buehrle, CWS - Buerhle has defensive chops, but his ability to hold runners is legendary. In the last four years he's allowed a total of 15 stolen bases, picked off 14 baserunners, and thrown over to first—only to have the runner break for second and be thrown out—16 times.

Sexy Rexy said...

hmmm, very interesting. I'll concede to Bill James