Why there should be a separate Gold Glove Award for left field
Deep in some musings last night, I went off on an asterisk tangent about the Kansas City Royals' doomed effort to win a Gold Glove for left fielder
The new point is this: I think there SHOULD be a separate left fielder Gold Glove. As longtime Brilliant Reader
But the question in the DeJesus case is not what SHOULD be reality but what IS reality. In the SHOULD be category, DeJesus would be measured against other left fielders. And because he really is having a good defensive season and he's a very solid player, you could make the case for him to win a Gold Glove. Personally, I wouldn't vote for him -- not with Carl Crawford in the same league -- but I see the case.
But this has nothing whatsoever to do with reality. The reality is that the Gold Glove these days is set up to reward the three best defensive outfielders in the league regardless of position. And that almost never includes a left fielder.* Last year in the American League, two center fielders and
I understand the way managers and coaches feel about the award. You put your best defensive outfielder in center field, and if you are told, "OK, we want to give the three best outfielders rewards for their defense," those should probably go to center fielders. Heck, one of the compliments people will sometimes give left fielders is to say, "He's like a centerfielder playing left." I mean, this is the structure of the game.
This year, there is absolutely no doubt that Seattle center fielder
I do think it would make the Gold Gloves much more interesting if they picked a trio made up of a left fielder, center fielder and right fielder. I'm glad that John Dewan does this with the Fielding Bible Awards.
Of course, one more time, if the coaches and managers DID pick a left fielder, then Carl Crawford would and should be the overwhelming choice. And the Royals know this better than anyone ... for three years now they have thought DeJesus was killing them in center field. They traded for
And now, they're stumping for DeJesus to win a Gold Glove. I really do appreciate the effort of promoting a player you think is performing well. But, you know, it's kind of familiar: I remember back in 2005 the Royals made a PR push to win left fielder