I see that Rawlings has named the all-time Gold Glove team, and three of our favorites made the cut:
Willie Mays making that over-the-shoulder catch. Brooks Robinson barehanding a bunt. Roberto Clemente unleashing a rifle throw.
Think of the most spectacular fielding plays in baseball history and those spring to mind. They’re also what helped put those greats on the all-time Rawlings Gold Glove team released Wednesday.
Big Red Machine teammates Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan, glove whiz Ozzie Smith and current stars Ken Griffey Jr. and Greg Maddux were picked in the fan voting.
This is fun to look at, but it’s highly suspect. After all, at shortstop, Ozzie Smith edged out runner-up…Derek Jeter. If Derek Jeter is the second best defensive shortstop in baseball history, then I’m in the top ten myself.
Blame Chad for creating this mess.
Chad launched Redleg Nation in February 2005, and has been writing about the Reds ever since. His first book, “The Big 50: The Men and Moments That Made the Cincinnati Reds” is now available in bookstores and online, at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and wherever fine books are sold. You can also find Chad’s musings about the Cincinnati Reds in the pages of Cincinnati Magazine.
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