In response to ThatWasMe's comment:
In response to Joebreidey's comment:
Gardner was passed over 2010 the one season he has remained relatively healthy for Carl Crawford.
Gardner played in more games in 2011 than 2010. But it doesn't matter. The award shouldn't be dependent on whether Gardner can stay on the field enough years for writers to notice. He was the best both of those years. The writers didn't notice. If the writers deciding the vote cannot tell that Gardner is better than Crawford, then the award is meaningless.
GG award is based on a vote by the coaches and managers of both leagues not writers.
They are not allowed to vote for their own players.
They see these players enough to make an honest vote.
I've never read where there were politics involved in the vote.
Always a lot of disgruntled fans.
In 2011 Gardner was coming off of off season wrist surgery which did effect his play.
I for one would love to see what he could do if he could stay healthy.
Crawford had a decent year in LF in 2010. Gardner lost out to Alex Gordon in 2011 who is also a finalist again this season.
Sorry, the Palmero vote alone makes this statement BS. Not to mention the Jeter votes, in the last few years.
Coaches and managers see other players about 6 times, unless they play in their own division. That's not enough to gauge how well a player plays the position.
I don't believe politics is involved. Managers and coaches are simply not interested in getting it right and will scribble any name that comes to them.
I'm sure you know what kind of hours coaches and managers put in. How much time and effort do you really believe they put into a GG vote?
It's more plausible that a they pick a player that made one great defensive play against their team, as it is that they poured over stats and film, to make their pick.
In addition, the Fielding Bible awards make the the voters picks public, so they are accountable for their votes.
Can you tell me who Joe Girardi voted for? Or even scarier, Bobby Valentine?
Like you said, you're not going to change your mind.
Enjoy living in the '60's...again.