Golden God of Walks

Kevin Youkilis: Gold Glover.

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  • Congrats Youk

    TJ November 6, 2007, 5:48 pm
  • Coco got robbed.

    LocklandSF November 6, 2007, 5:52 pm
  • Yeah man, still sad about Coco. Did no one put together some sort of insane highlight reel this year to help his case?
    Sh*t, *I* would have done that if I’d known who to show it to.

    Devine November 6, 2007, 6:00 pm
  • Replace Sizemore and Hunter with Coco and Granderson, and they’d just about have it right.

    QuoSF November 6, 2007, 6:01 pm
  • Probably closest the Gold Gloves have come in a while to reflecting at least a group of players who are arguably among the best defenders in the league…

    Paul SF November 6, 2007, 6:17 pm
  • Sizemore makes his play look good by taking completely nonsensical routes though. You got to respect that.

    Lar November 6, 2007, 6:35 pm
  • Jeter wuz robbed!

    Nick-YF November 6, 2007, 6:42 pm
  • Have you watched Sizemore Lar? I think you’re mixing him up with Eric Byrnes when he was on Oakland.

    walein November 6, 2007, 7:10 pm
  • The Gold Glove decision making process needs to be revised. Both A-Rod and Mike Lowell had a higher FP% and less errors and still the award went Beltre. Every year it’s something.
    Regardless, congrats Youk. It’s well deserved in your case.

    John - YF November 6, 2007, 7:51 pm
  • 3B: Beltre looks pretty good over there, though his advanced fielding statistics (beyond THT’s OOZ, where he is ahead of Inge by 1) weren’t as good as they’ve been in the past. Have to toss out FP and errors a lot of the time.
    It actually seems like Brandon Inge was the one robbed here. Second in the AL in RZR (THT), one behind Beltre in OOZ, and he’s the highest ranked AL 3B according to the Fielding Bible (John Dewan) this season. Too bad he had a relatively awful year offensively.

    QuoSF November 6, 2007, 8:19 pm
  • I am happy for Youk but think of the Gold Glove award kind of like that old Groucho Marx line about any club having someone like him as a member…
    The GG is just not a very trustworthy award.

    SF November 6, 2007, 8:25 pm
  • I agree, very often the GG goes to the popular pick, not the appropriate one. AND I do believe that might have happened this year with Youk, even though he was far and away the most sure handed guy in the league at 1st in ’07. The record breaking streak merely made it impossible to NOT give it to him.

    Brian November 6, 2007, 10:46 pm
  • Agreed on your points Brian. Looking at some of the numbers, it probably should’ve been Casey Kotchman, but it’s not like by any measure Youks comes out to look like a bad pick.

    QuoSF November 6, 2007, 10:48 pm
  • Gold Glove is the one award where they base it on history half the time. “Torii Hunter is always a great defensive guy so we’ll give it to him this year again”.
    But this happens pretty much every year. Great job to Youk, he really deserved it.

    Atheose November 6, 2007, 11:39 pm
  • have to agree, nobody in their right mind could have a logical argument against youkilis…congrats to him…of course we all know it’s a meaningless award anyway, so ;)
    a little irony eh sf’s?, how ’bout cabrera beating out cologne-boy at short?…

    dc November 7, 2007, 7:28 am
  • Derek Jeter year after year is, statistically, a below-average defensive shortstop. He just makes it look flashey with that jump-spin move on balls to his right.
    Good job to Cabrera, he had a great defensive year.

    Atheose November 7, 2007, 8:14 am
  • i think pudge at C falls into the category of a legacy vote. He is not nearly as dominant with his arm as he used to be and has never been the best at blocking balls. Im not sure who is, but I do not believe he is still the best defensive C in the AL. He is in there as much for his bat as his glove. HIs bat is what keeps him on the radar screen for this award each year.

    sam-YF November 7, 2007, 8:31 am
  • Except that his bat is terrible now, too. Basically, his entire career right now is a legacy vote, hehe.

    Paul SF November 7, 2007, 9:48 am
  • true indeed paul he had a .281 BA and a .294 OBP last year! thats 9 BB in over 500 ABs!!!

    sam-YF November 7, 2007, 10:24 am
  • Sizemore is damn fast, which makes up for half of it. But I really think he either gets bad jump and/or takes bad routes and makes the normal play spectular.
    Also something Edmonds made a career out of..
    (Of course, I’m judging usually only his “highlights”, and by speed alone he covers a lot of ground..)

    Lar November 7, 2007, 11:42 am

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