2006 AL Gold Glove Award Winners

1B: Mark Teixeira, Texas Rangers, 2nd award
2B: Mark Grudzielanek, Kansas City Royals, 1st award
3B: Eric Chavez, Oakland Athletics, 6th award
SS: Derek Jeter, NY Yankees, 3rd award
OF: Torii Hunter, Minnesota Twins, 6th award
OF: Ichiro Suzuki, Seattle Mariners, 6th award
OF: Vernon Wells, Toronto Blue Jays, 3rd award
C: Ivan Rodriguez, Detroit Tigers, 12th award
P: Kenny Rogers, Texas Rangers, 5th award

Let the firestorm begin.

29 comments… add one
  • Holy God. This is a new all-time low for sportswriters. I can’t believe they did this. 15 errors! .970! Jesus H. Yankee Lover.

    Brad November 2, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • They must be giving the GGs for other reasons this year. If anyone knows what those are, please let me know.
    Just absurd.

    LocklandSF November 2, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • And where’s the GG for Wang who clearly deserved it?

    Brad November 2, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • They must be giving the GGs for other reasons this year. If anyone knows what those are, please let me know.
    Just absurd.

    LocklandSF November 2, 2006, 5:58 pm
  • Managers and coaches vote for the GG, not the sportswriters. Seriously, does anyone care who Wendell Kim or Mike Hargrove think are good fielders? The GG is a sham award, currently only deemed useful by agents trying to negotiate bonus clauses.
    Ignore it.

    SF November 2, 2006, 6:01 pm
  • I don’t think I need to go into all the ways how Derek Jeter does not deserve the Gold Glove award, particularly as compared to the competition. Chavez is an good choice, except that he played at third for just 134 games (Joe Crede: 149, Mike Lowell: 153).
    Then again, I just need to calm down and realize that, as SF said, no one takes these seriously anymore — not since Rafael Palmeiro won his. That’ll work, until I hear for the 35th time on ESPN about how great a defender Jeter is and cite his three consecutive Gold Gloves. Bleck.
    I just threw up into my mouth a little bit there.

    Paul SF November 2, 2006, 6:03 pm
  • Wow. I’ll take it, but this is odd indeed..

    Lar November 2, 2006, 6:34 pm
  • That “threw up in my mouth” joke is so hackneyed.

    jm November 2, 2006, 6:47 pm
  • Just like the award, jm…

    SF November 2, 2006, 7:24 pm
  • Interesting how difficult it is to break into the category. There’s only one first-timer, and it’s Mark Grudzielanek, who’s been around forever. Imagine if this were applied to other categories. Sorry, Mr. Howard, you’re not MVP eligible because you haven’t played 5 seasons. And once you have one, it’s practically a sinecure. How many players have more than 10 of these? That’s a more serious indictment of the award, IMHO, than anything.

    YF November 2, 2006, 7:28 pm
  • Once again Giambi and Sheff are shafted at first base!

    walein November 2, 2006, 9:00 pm
  • I thought Wang was great defensively, but he’s nowhere close to Rogers or Mussina. Wang sees a lot of ground balls and fields them well, but he is not a superlative defender.
    Rogers or Mussina, and probably only Rogers or Mussina, would be acceptable winners.

    TLJ November 2, 2006, 9:33 pm
  • Lowell getting shafted by the ‘lets-vote-for-the-same-guy-year-after-year-without-thinking’ popularity contest people is worse than Gonzalez not getting one. At least in the latter case, he played a lot fewer games than the other contenders.
    That said, Peralta and Michael Young are so much better glovemen than Jeter, it’s even more of a sham than Jeter getting the Hank.
    The same sketchy stat, win shares, that people are hanging their hat on for the major award of the season shows Jeter in 10th place among eligible shortstops in defensive win shares.
    The third of the hat trick will fall shortly enough, the MVP. That will actually be the least travesty-like of the three awards. I’ll at least be mildly OK with it, at least until they talk about how much of a “leader” Jeter is, while all those shiv marks are still very fresh in A-Rod’s back…

    JS November 2, 2006, 11:10 pm
  • …friends, i tried to see what i could find about gold glove criteria…didn’t find much, but this was from an article on mlb.com announcing last year’s winners:
    “Rawlings established the Gold Glove Award to recognize the best fielders at each position. Managers and coaches of each team vote for the best defensive players in their league, excluding their own team.”
    …as absurd as this sounds, i don’t think stats are a required consideration…i’m not sure how they can judge who “the best fielders at each position” are without looking at stats…more and more it appears that these awards that don’t involve actually finishing first in something are more like beauty contests…i can rationalize that thinking from fans, many of whom will vote for their “favorite” players regardless of the facts [though i don’t like it], but these are coaches and managers…baseball people no less…yet, they’re seeing something i’m not…to be fair, jeter is a good shortstop, very good, and i understand the argument that some things don’t wind up in the box score [i’ve used that one], but to me a defensive award should be awarded to the guy with the fewest errors…
    …i don’t blame sf’s for being annoyed at this one, and for that reason i’ll spare them my usual “jeter-hater / yankee-basher” lecture…i’m just a little surprised that there isn’t as much indignation over lowell being slighted…

    dc November 3, 2006, 12:01 am
  • Honestly, I’d have been most happy with Lowell winning the GG at 3B, but in my mind, there were 4 strong candidates at 3B this year: Lowell, Crede, Beltre, and Chavez. Chavez may not be the best choice, but he is not fundamentally a bad choice.
    Jeter on the other hand, is a bad choice. In defensive WS (WS have been brought up a lot lately, *cough*MVPrace*cough*), Jeter finishes tenths of a WS ahead of Alex Cora. Alex Cora, who, started less than 50 games at SS this year. What does that say? I hope all those managers and coaches who voted realize that they should call and apologize to Michael Young (most improved SS by far), Peralta, A-Gon, O-Cab, Betancourt and Jason Bartlett.

    Quo November 3, 2006, 1:53 am
  • The Gold Glove has barely as much heft as the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice awards, maybe less. Does anyone really argue why, at the MTV Movie Awards Kirsten Dunst won “best snaggle-toothed ingenue” over the next actress? It’s the same thing with the GG.
    Seriously, the GG is no longer worth talking about. It’s a fait accompli that undeserving players win repeat awards, and there’s not a single iota of mental energy that is worth expending on trying to explain the honorees.

    SF November 3, 2006, 8:55 am
  • dc, there’s less indignation over Lowell’s snub because Chavez actually is a GG-caliber defender. You don’t even need to look at stats to know A-Gon is superior to Jeter on the field.
    SF’s right. The award is a joke. If only the broadcasters we have to hear all next season considered it the same way, this would all be a lot easier to take…

    Paul SF November 3, 2006, 9:10 am
  • ***Seriously, the GG is no longer worth talking about.***
    That’s funny, because if Lowell, Gonzalez, Youkilis, Manny, Varitek and Schilling won, it would be the greatest thing in the history of the world with the fairest voting system around…

    Mike A. November 3, 2006, 9:16 am
  • Nuh-uh, Mike A. It’d then be obviously fixed and there’d be a big scandal.
    But seriously, I hate awards like this of almost any variety. The Oscars, the Grammies, the Gold Gloves, etc. It’s all just nonsense anyway. Quantification of popularity among a set of people “in the business”, where advertising is more important than quality.

    Devine November 3, 2006, 9:44 am
  • Mike, that’s because each of them is deserving of the title- unlike Jeter. You think we’re upset over Moose winning it? No, because he’s a good good/great fielder, again, unlike Jeter.

    Brad November 3, 2006, 9:45 am
  • Mike: I have been a huge detractor of the GG for a long time. It has nothing to do with Yanks or Sox. I frankly do not think it indicates anything as an honor. The player’s teams are irrelevant.

    SF November 3, 2006, 9:49 am
  • how come they dont give chien-ming wang some credit???
    he had a better fielding percentage, he had more attempts, more putouts, more double plays, and less errors!!!

    yankeeboy November 3, 2006, 10:09 am
  • I respected GG, but not lately. Jeter deserves the MVP if he gets it, and you can make an (well, you _can_) argument that he deserved the Silver Slugger. There are too many good consistent SS this year…
    But like I said, I’ll take it!

    Lar November 3, 2006, 10:09 am
  • Couldn’t wait to get up and take a look – I knew SF’s would be howling like wolves at the moon over Jeter, and you didn’t disappoint. dc was onto something – where is the indignation over Lowell? He should have won, hands down. Guess you guys hate Jeter more than you like Lowell. Sad.

    Andrews November 3, 2006, 10:41 am
  • Again, Andrews: There’s less anger over lowell because Chavez is actually a gold glove caliber third baseman. When it’s a loss to a player capable of actually competing for the title, it’s much less insane. Lowell losing out to Chavez is like losing to the Colts or Patriots – they’re great teams and can win at any time. Not getting the award due to Jeter is like losing a fluke game to Detroit on a 64 yard field goal. It’s crap.

    Brad November 3, 2006, 10:46 am
  • Andrews, obviously I’m repeating Brad here, but check above for SFs’ thoughts on Lowell. Losing to Chavez inspires disappointment, not indignation, for all the frickin reasons listed above. Jeter winning inspires indignation for all the frickin reasons listed above in the comments.
    What I like to do is change the issue to take criticism away from my favorite player…wait a minute. That wasn’t me. And sure, Jeter might not be your favorite player, but that’s what you’re doing, changing the issue. The Lowell for GG issue has been addressed in a complete sense. He’s deserving. Chavez is deserving. Beltre is deserving. Crede is deserving. When he cuts down on the mental/adjustment errors Inge will be INCREDIBLY deserving.
    OTOH, in the SS category, Betancourt was deserving. Surprisingly enough Michael Young was deserving, O-Cab, A-Gon were all deserving. Jeter is not listed, because frankly, he’s not deserving of the award. It is a sham. Jeter’s FIRST GG proved that (actually, Palmeiro’s much-storied GG proved that first). Jeter for MVP, Silver Slugger? A little more weight to those arguments. And by a little, I mean a lot more weight. I have to imagine that managers and coaches just closed their eyes when O-Cab, A-Gon, MY, and YBetancourt were on the field. That’s really the only explanation.
    *Takes a chill pill and drinks a glass of water*

    Quo November 3, 2006, 10:57 am
  • Try listening to Howlin’ Wolf…

    Andrews November 3, 2006, 11:02 am
  • It would be more tolerable if you could address the debate on the merits, Andrews, instead of just slinging the anti-SF mud. Though I disregard the GG as an award, I don’t see the discussion about Jeter being simple anti-Yankee bias. In fact, many SFs are stating that the MVP would be a deserved award at the same time they are decrying the idiocy of Jeter’s Gold Glove victory. That would seem to deflate any case you have about this being all about hating on the Yankees. dc gets it right: this isn’t simple anti-Yankeeism.
    But again, this award is just plain stupid, and isn’t worth the energy debating that’s being expended. Remember: Rafael Palmeiro won it in 1999 having played a total of 29 games at a position, partly because he wasn’t entirely competent at the spot. The legendary Lee Stevens played 133 games at the bag that year.

    SF November 3, 2006, 11:09 am
  • At this point you gotta know Andrews is just trolling around. He made his comment about Lowell AFTER I already explained why there isn’t as much indignation but plowed ahead with the only anti-SF comment he could think of.
    The jig is up, Andrews. Try again.

    Paul SF November 3, 2006, 12:43 pm

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