And The Winners Are . . .

. . . all of us, after Major League Baseball pulled the most hilarious prank of its existence by naming Derek Jeter the best defensive shortstop in the league . . . for the fifth time.

I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right.  The joke is getting kind of tired.  I mean we all get it now.  Jeter is a terrible shortstop.  In fact, he was far and away, the absolute worst fielding shortstop to play the game of baseball this season.

Honouring him for his defensive prowess?  Good one, MLB.  That’s a real good one.

But you know how when you watch a guy get hit in the gonads once it’s kind of funny, but then you watch it fifteen more times it kind of gets tired, but by fifteen more times after that, it’s just gone on so long that it starts to get funny again?

Well, I’m pretty sure that’s what American League managers are attempting to do by continuing to send hardware in Jeter’s direction for his defense (just don’t make him go to his left to get it).

My only complaint is that all the practical joking does kind of diminish the fact that Dave Concepcion has also won five Gold Gloves at short stop.

And if MLB is going to make funny like this, how seriously should we take the fact that Ichiro Suzuki won his 10th straight Gold Glove Award?  Or how much stock should we put in Mark Teixeira winning his fourth, Joe Mauer winning his third, Mark Buehrle and Evan Longoria both winning their second Gold Gloves?

I’m sure first time winners, Robinson Cano, Carl Crawford and Franklin Gutierrez would also like to celebrate, but when MLB managers continue their cynically sarcastic taunting of Jeter, it sort of casts a shadow over their achievements.

Comments (16)

  1. Pretty funny, as soon as I read that Jeter won another gold glove I said what a complete joke it was also. It is seriously pathetic. But I guess if the Yankees had A-roid at SS and Jeter at 3rd they’d both be winning gold gloves so it could be worse.

  2. Hey, moron, if you bothered to look at the fielding percentage in the link you provided to readers, you will see that Jeter has a .989 fielding percentage — tops for shortstops with over 100 games, and just six errors

  3. Hey Dickless,

    It’s pretty hard to commit errors when you don’t even get to balls. Learn a little bit more about the game before you open your stupid mouth.

  4. i’m not well-acquainted with your Rtot (this was the first i’ve heard of it), but something doesn’t add up here.

    the dude made 6 errors in 1300 innings this season to the tune of a .989 fielding percentage (.989 was higher than everyone with an Rtot above 1 so, yeah, Rtot and FPct could be considered to be somewhat at odds); those numbers are more than a c-hair above terrible. i can’t say he’d be my first pick at short, but he’s not half as palsied as you make him sound.

    anti-yankee bias. strikes me down everytime i see an old lady in a yankees hat and walk away thinking “she’s a huge bitch”.

  5. What Dick is saying, a little less than elegantly, is that fielding percentage is pretty much the most useless way to measure fielding ability. Don’t even think of it at all. It only measures balls that a player gets to which is in no way indicative of how good of a fielder he is. Jeter might do well with every ball that’s hit at him but he has no range to pick up the ones to his left. Whereas a Cliff Pennington is getting to 50% more balls than Jeter with his defense. Look at their total chances column too to see what I’m talking about. That’s just Pennington’s range. Jeter is a terrible defender.

  6. the only thing anyone is judging this on are the statistics of the season, and what are the only three statistics that will be looked at? games played, fielding percentage and errors. If you wanna go further, you’ll see he was 7th in chances and assists and 3rd in double plays. With numbers like that, it doesn’t matter that it supposedly cost his team 10 runs (which is a bogus statistic anyway), all he will be judged on is having the highest percentage and the lowest errors for the number of games played.

  7. Please explain how that’s a bogus statistic?

    Do you at least understand what I’m saying? If you have less chances and get to less balls that makes you a lesser fielder. Open your eyes.

  8. Think about it this way. Jeter and Pennington played almost exactly the same amount of innings at SS, but Pennington had almost 200 more chances than him. That’s called having better range.

  9. You can’t commit an error on what you can’t reach.

  10. It’s like when some people said the Manny was great in left field, since he had so many outfield assists. Except that it was really just that he had such a shitty arm everyone tried to run on him, so he had way more chances.

  11. “… what are the only three statistics that will be looked at? games played, fielding percentage and errors.”

    If that doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about what’s wrong with the people who vote on these things, I don’t know what could.

  12. i think there are other factors involved in chances, astro turf vs grass, ground ball pitchers vs fly ball pitchers, whos playing third base beside you, cant say i care enough to really look into it, but like most stats, seems pretty subjective… maybe those managers just saw him good, lol

  13. I heard Yankee fans defending Jeter with gems like “sabermetrics are for nerds” and “range is irrelevant, all that matters in a game of baseball are outs and errors”.

    People fear and mock what they don’t have the mental prowess to understand. We must all resign ourselves to the fact that Jeter will still be winning gold gloves at short when he is playing left field at the age of 40.

  14. I hate the Yankees. Having said that, I think Jeter is a solid feilder. Gold Glove? Probably not, but it’s tough to use stats to judge someone’s feilding ability. Batting statistics are great, you either hit it or you don’t, but there is so much more to fielding than that. As mentioned before, someone with a larger range will obviously cover more ground and PROBABLY get more chances. However, more chances doesn’t automatically mean better range. Chances completely depend on pitchers you are playing behind, lineups you face, etc. There is so much more that goes into the defensive side of the game than can be shown in some table. Jeter has been doing his job at a high level for many years and he may not be the most athletic or most technically sound player on the defensive side but obviously these voters saw something they liked. And with defense that is sometimes all you can go off of

  15. It’s no easy chore deciding defensive ability through statistical metrics. There’s no question. But when you talk about the voters seeing something they liked, I think the AL managers merely saw a long career in which he’s won previous gold gloves.

  16. I’ll start off by saying I’m a huge fan of Jeter’s, but I’m not blind. By no means is he the best fielder anymore, he can barely move like he used too. That being said, the managers don’t give a shit about sabremetrics and who can get to more balls, they go by reputation. Sadly, besides Jeter the AL doesn’t have any “elite” SS’s anymore so the managers first thought is to pick Jeter. Do you really think they’re going to give an award to Cliff Pennington? Alexei Ramirez? I mean Chuck “fucking” Knoblauch won a gold glove and he couldn’t even make the throw from second to first.

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