The National League Gold Glove winners are to be announced today. Hopefully, there won’t be any disastrous shocks like yesterday when Derek Jeter was awarded his fifth Gold Glove. The folks at baseball-reference.com were so mortified they even had a disclaimer next to the announcement (since taken down). The disclaimer was something like “We can’t believe it either” and linked to a Fielding Runs page which showed Jeter as 46th out of 47 shortstops rated in preventing runs. They’ve now changed it to “My Head Just Exploded.”
In case you’re wondering, Orlando Cabrera ranked 28th at -2 runs, and Paul Janish ranked 40th at -4 runs. So, decide how you feel about the Fielding Runs stat. The Cardinals’ Brendan Ryan ranked first at +15 runs saved.
Update: With the selection today of Bronson Arroyo at pitcher and Scott Rolen at third base, it’s now up to Joey Votto to win the Reds’ first Gold Glove at first base. No pressure, Joey….
The award began in 1957:
Pitcher–Bronson Arroyo 1 (2010)
Catcher–Johnny Edwards 2 (1963-64)
Catcher– Johnny Bench 10 (1968-77)
2nd Base–Tommy Helms 2 (1970-71)
2nd Base– Joe Morgan 5 (1973-77)
2nd Base– Bret Boone 1 (1998)
2nd Base– Pokey Reese 2 (1999-2000)
2nd Base– Brandon Phillips 2 (2008, 2010)
3rd Base–Scott Rolen 1 (2010)
Shortstop–Roy McMillan 3 (1957-59)
Shortstop– Leo Cardenas 1 (1965)
Shortstop– Dave Concepcion 5 (1974-77, 1979)
Shortstop–Barry Larkin 3 (1994-96)
Outfield–Frank Robinson 1 (1958)
Outfield– Vada Pinson 1 (1961)
Outfield– Pete Rose 2 (1969-70)
Outfield–Cesar Geronimo 4 (1974-77)
Outfield–Eric Davis 3 (1987-89)
Have any Reds players been overlooked in the past fifty years? Did baseball miss any Reds players since the award’s inception?
How about before 1957? For you historians, which Reds players would have been “Gold Glove” worthy?
Some names that come to mind as possibilities include 2B Bid McPhee, SS Tommy Corcoran, SS Germany Smith, 1B Jake Beckley, 2B Miller Huggins, OF Edd Roush, 3B Heinie Groh, 2B Hughie Critz, CF Harry Craft, 2B Lonnie Frey, 3B Billy Werber, 1B Frank McCormick, OF Gus Bell, P Bucky Walters, P Tony Mullane? Would they have won? Could they have won with the other players in the league?
My all-time Reds Gold Glove team: