Deserving Gold Glove Winners: American League

Posted: 9th October 2009 by Griffin Cooper in MLB
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Catcher CatcherÆs defense is by far the toughest to quantify, as there really isnÆt a metric for it, and you pretty much have to go exclusively by stats like runners thrown out, passed balls, and dare I say, fielding percentage. Deserving Winner: Jason Varitek Reasoning: Highest RF/9 (range factor per game) among AL catchers by far, and tied for the highest fielding percentage with Gerald Laird. Who I Expect to Win: Jason Varitek or Joe Mauer Reasoning: If thereÆs one position thatÆs going to be decided by reputation, itÆs going to be catcher, and they both have reputations as excellent defensive catchers, whether itÆs true or not.

First Base Deserving Winner: Kendry Morales Reasoning: He has far superior range to any other AL first baseman at 4.6 range runs above average ( ...

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