Poor Louisville. Rawlings gets all the attention with their Golden Glove Awards, and despite a prime time feature on the MLB Network, the announcement of their Silver Slugger recipients garners little more than a collective yawn among baseball fans.
The MLB coaches and managers even tried to ignite a little bit of controversy by voting for Albert Pujols at first base despite Joey Votto having a better batting average, on base percentage and slugging percentage.
You could still make a case for Pujols based on how close he was to Votto in all of those categories and still had more home runs, extra base hits and more walks. In fact, Joey Votto was intentionally walked only eight times all year. To put things in perspective, Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera both received more intentional passes. Talk about a lack of respect from managers.
The National League Silver Sluggers:
1B Albert Pujols
2B Dan Uggla
3B Ryan Zimmerman
SS Troy Tulowitzki
OF Ryan Braun
OF Matt Holliday
OF Carlos Gonzalez
P Yovani Gallardo
The only questionable recipient on the American League side would be White Sox shorstop Alexei Ramirez. Ramirez line of .282 AVG, .313 OBP, and .431 SLG isn’t going to inspire many opposing managers to quake in their boots when he enters the batter’s box, but compared to the rest of the AL shortstops, his 18 home runs and .744 OPS is positively Bondsesque.
The American League Silver Sluggers:
1B Miguel Cabrera
2B Robinson Cano
3B Adrian Beltre
SS Alexei Ramirez
OF Jose Bautista
OF Carl Crawford
OF Josh Hamilton
DH Vladimir Guerrero
Looking at the AL designated hitters, you could make a case for Baltimore’s Luke Scott. Guerrero’s selection isn’t on par with a Jeter Gold Glove by any means, but it’s worth noting what a quietly successful season Scott had .284 AVG, .368 OBP, .535 SLG.
And The Rest
It’s the Jayson Werth was bangin’ Chase Utley’s wife rumour of the week.
For the first time since 1995, the A’s have scheduled a doubleheader on purpose!
At least Derek Jeter understands that he may not be the most deserving Gold Glove Award recipient. Right?
Bad timing for Jeter, as Marc Carig eloquently explains the difficulty he has in writing about Jeter’s metrics for a newspaper. I love how he writes about new ways of thinking for baseball, but still includes a “-30-” at the end of his article. Awesome.
The Jeter Code.
Bobby Valentine looks like Frank Sinatra, if Frank Sinatra was a jockey.
No matter how many good things J.C. Bradbury writes, I can’t shake the fact that he believes Jeff Francoeur is worth $12 million.
Mrs. Fields and the MLB: a match made in a cookie factory.
How MLB free agents lose money by being good.
And finally, The Platoon Advantage says that the American League’s superiority has nothing to do with the DH rule.