Re: Pedroia runner-up on Fielding Bible list
posted at 10/28/2012 11:38 AM EDT
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
There are few annual awards in baseball without controversy.
Not like that. You don't have to see pitchers and hitters to pick MVP. Miggy will MVP. You don't need to have seen him for that. Almost all MVPs and CY's, even when controversial, will result in the 2nd best candidate perhaps being the best.
OCab, in 2005, had perhaps the greatest single fielding season as a SS in history. His UZR/150 came in at 24.1, and Jeter came in at -13.4. GG to Jeter.
In 2006, Gonzo was 1st in UZR/150 at 14.6, Jeter came in at -7.7. Fielding Bible had Gonzo 4th overall in MLB, and jeter 15th. GG to Jeter.
OTOH, I've seen Gardner in LF live a whole lot. He is virtually flawless. Great speed, and I have never seen him take even a single bad route.
In 2011, the F.B. gave him a 99, and Tony Gwynn was 2nd with a 74. In 2010, the F.B. gave Gardner a 96, with Crawford in 2nd with an 86. They too consider Gardner near flawless.
In 2011, his UZR/150 was 31.0 and Fuld was second with 18.8. In 2010, Gardner's UZR/150 was 45.7, with Crawford coming in at 20.8. I'll admit that UZR is not as precise as the F.B. But the UZR pretty much says Gardner is flawless as well.
How many times has Gardner woon the GG? -0-. And why? Because a lot of the writers don't even know position he plays.
If that doesn't disqualify the GG from any meaning whatsoever, nothing does.
The biggest thing Gardner has had to overcome to familiarize himself with the national baseball public and acceptance as a great defensive player are his history of injuries which have denied him a consistent basis of work.
I agree he is a good option when he is out there but like Ellsbury like Nick Johnson his career has been marred by injury.
I disagree with a few others here on whether my opinion might be flawed because I did not watch every game of both Pedroia and Cano last season.
Over the course of both of their careers I have seen enough of each player to provide to what I consider to be a well informed opinion.
My rule of thumb has always been if the Yankees are not on TV then the Red Sox are, when they are both on I use pip, but as I pointed out in an earlier post because the Sox were out of the race early this season I did not watch their games as much as I have in years past.
I sincerely doubt any of you will change my opinion on this one. Have a great day, get the chain saws ready.