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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Derek Jeter's Latest Gold Glove

Aaron Gleeman tweets that Derek Jeter has won his fifth (undeserved) Gold Glove. The Baseball Crank:
55 years from now, they'll deliver the Gold Gloves annually to Derek Jeter's nursing home.
The godawful Rawlings website is virtually no use in finding who won what. I'll find a link to the complete list of winners presently and post that.

Update: No links to the AL Gold Gloves list just yet, but Chad Moriyama of Memories of Kevin Malone forwarded a recent Baseball Prospectus story on Jeter in which we learn that, with the assistance of some error analysis, Derek Jeter is about "20 to 30 runs" worse, per annum, than the average shortstop. I, for one, am looking forward to just how overpaid he ends up.

Update 2: Okay, finally:

Catcher: Joe Mauer, Twins
First base: Mark Teixeira, Yankees
Second base: Robinson Cano, Yankees
Third base: Evan Longoria, Rays
Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
Outfield: Carl Crawford, Rays
Outfield: Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners
Outfield: Franklin Gutierrez, Mariners
Pitcher: Mark Buehrle, White Sox
Update 3: Reactions from USA Today:
...no one on the 10-member panel that votes on the Fielding Bible Awards even gave Jeter as much as a 10th-place vote. (To be fair, they did vote on players in both leagues all at once -- instead of by league as the Gold Gloves do.)
... and a surprisingly hostile review from MLB.com's Matthew Leach:
As one of baseball's most cherished honors, the Gold Glove deserves a better selection process. It deserves voters who see the candidates more often and watch them more closely, and it deserves voters who are more open to newer ways of looking at defense.
Along those same lines, Philip Michaels on my Facebook page:
Winning a Gold Glove is like becoming the ruler of a banana republic. Once you're in, you're in for life, or until you're toppled by an armed uprising.

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