Finally, Some Good News. Maybe.

Congrats to Jason Varitek on his first Gold Glove and the Sox’ first since 1991 (how shocking is that?!).  On the other hand, Jeter is officially on the "can’t possibly vote against the guy who won last year" train that Rafael Palmeiro was on even after his skills deteriorated and he was DHing most of the time, so it’s reasonable to question whether ‘Tek in fact deserved the trophy.  Jeter’s successful incumbency is proof that the voters might not have any skills themselves at detecting the "best".

7 comments… add one
  • I agree that Jeter wasn’t the best, though he was better than he was last year (BP rate of 105, according to Cliff from Bx. Banter).

    tom yf November 1, 2005, 5:53 pm
  • It’s Tek’s first trohpy though. If they were going to play the “he won it last year” card, the award would have gone to Pudge, and Tek’s Silver Slugger would have gone to Pudge too. Although I do think that Cabrera was mor edeserving than Jeter, and not just because I love him. I also think that Billy Mueller or ARod (ugh) are really deserving at third. I don’t really pay much attentionm to Chavez, though, so maybe he is the best devensive third baseman. Who knows? The guy I was happy to see win was Orlando Hudson. He’s always fun to watch and I thought that he should have had it last year (Boone won it).

    Laura November 1, 2005, 8:32 pm
  • Congratulations to Jeter. Certainly as deserving as Tek, who has to be one of the least qualified winners in history. He’s way below average throwing out runners, doesn’t catch the team’s most difficult pitcher (Wake), and the Sox pitching staff was hardly exceptional in its performance, so the argument that he was doing some kind of brilliant game calling, well, if the proof is in the pudding, that’s some pretty crappy pudding. Great player? Yeah. Best cather in the league? Yeah. Gold Glover? We thinks not.

    YF November 1, 2005, 9:23 pm
  • Best cather in the league? Yeah…while i’m not a big Tek fan, doesnt the gold glove go to the best at the position?!?

    TonyC.25 November 2, 2005, 5:17 am
  • Congrats to Jeter. I can’t believe that Varitek won the Gold Glove. He should have won – Worst Fielding Catcher, Ever.

    Bozo November 2, 2005, 8:43 am
  • Varitek isn’t the best defensive catcher. YF is correct – he doesn’t even catch their most difficult pitcher. And that’s the point of my questioning post: the Gold Glove is historically awarded to the wrong player. Same thing goes for Jeter, this year and last. He isn’t the best defensive shortstop in the league by any estimation, and we can all be damn sure his “improvement” this year had a tiny bit to do with the guy to his right. Cabrera had no such vacuum over there, and is by all arguments a far better fielder, to name just one other worthy candidate.
    This year the pattern of bad voting continues , with both ‘Tek and Jeter, amongst others.

    SF November 2, 2005, 9:10 am
  • one thing should be said. Jeter’s selection is not a terrible one. V-Tek’s is.

    Nick November 2, 2005, 2:51 pm

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