2008 Gold Glove Winners

American League
Pitcher Mike Mussina b-r
Catcher Joe Mauer b-r
First Base Carlos Pena b-r
Second Base Dustin Pedroia b-r
Third Base Adrian Beltre b-r
Shortstop Michael Young b-r
Outfield Torii Hunter b-r
Outfield Grady Sizemore b-r
Outfield Ichiro Suzuki b-r
National League
Pitcher Greg Maddux b-r
Catcher Yadier Molina b-r
First Base Adrian Gonzalez b-r
Second Base Brandon Phillips b-r
Third Base David Wright b-r
Shortstop Jimmy Rollins b-r
Outfield Carlos Beltran b-r
Outfield Nate McLouth b-r
Outfield Shane Victorino b-r

Just in case you missed them, as I did.

12 comments… add one
  • Was going to ask for a “gamer”, but I forgot too. Michael Young isn’t much better than Jeter, but ah well.

    Lar November 7, 2008, 10:03 am
  • I guess the only 2 GG’s that I would dispute are Young and Pena. Pena is very, very good, but Youkilis is other worldly right now. I can’t believe I just stood up for Youkilis. I need to go lay down.
    Seriously though I think they did a pretty solid job this year. Usually there are more suspect winners than this year.

    John - YF November 7, 2008, 10:18 am
  • John – maybe Youk spent to much time at third this year for the voter’s taste? Pena was good though, as was Texeira (or however you spell it).
    DC mentioned something on two previous threads about the award. I think it means something to the players, but definately isn’t indicative of real defensive abilities.

    dw (sf) November 7, 2008, 10:21 am
  • I would think playing 3B and 1B would only solidify his standing…But far be it from me to fight the battle of Kevin Youkilis!

    John - YF November 7, 2008, 10:23 am
  • Come to think of it…Didn’t David Wright have a pretty poor defensive year?

    John - YF November 7, 2008, 10:38 am
  • @ John,
    Wright had a very poor defensive year indeed. Not even in the top for fielding percentage, zone rating, and he was nowhere near the top 10 for plus/minus.

    310ToJoba November 7, 2008, 10:50 am
  • “Dustin Pedroia is not the best second baseman in the AL. Mark Ellis is the best. But Ellis started only 114 games this season, and Pedroia hit like blazes while starting 145 games. Also, he’s pretty good with the glove. Not the best Gold Glove choice, but not a poor one, and certainly consistent with the history of the award: Good Fielder + Great Hitter = Gold Glove”
    This from Rob Neyer of ESPN

    John - YF November 7, 2008, 11:23 am
  • Well, there you go. Defense is so difficult to measure anyway, and anecdotally, Pedroia was amazing with the glove. How many times did we see him slide into the hole to make a stop on a ball that looked like a sure hit.
    Now, now much of that is him making a great play to make up for his own poor range I don’t know…

    Paul SF November 7, 2008, 2:22 pm
  • I sort of look at the Gold Glove in the terms that Groucho Marx spoke about club membership. I just don’t find it worth congratulating anyone on winning an award that has been so tarnished with ridiculousness over the past several years. The award doesn’t really have any substance to me as a fan, personally speaking.

    SF November 7, 2008, 3:55 pm
  • i’ll say it again because paul obviously missed the point on the other thread…gold glove don’t mean shi* according to past discussions…so my reaction to this news is ‘zzzzzzzz’
    having said that, i do like pedroia for a lot of reasons, including ‘my perception’ of his defensive abilities…i wish he was on my team…

    dc November 7, 2008, 9:36 pm
  • These awards are a lot more credible:
    For the record, DP comes in fairly well, but not as highly as Mark Ellis.

    YF November 7, 2008, 11:36 pm
  • Ellis, however, only played 115 games at second base, so Pedroia arguably is actually the best choice for the award. Which is a nice change from the usual GG practice.

    Paul SF November 8, 2008, 12:05 pm

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