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Gold Glove finalists announced


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Gold Gloves are a glorified popularity contest.  What a joke.  If you compare the advanced defensive metrics (UZR for example) to the Gold Glove nominations there is little correlation.  Kendrick and Aybar are both top-three infielders at their positions according to UZR.

 

At least Jeter wasn't nominated!

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Aybar clearly deserved to be on there. 2nd best UZR among AL SS. Alexei Ramirez was below average by many categories.

 

Calhoun definitely deserved it. Most defensive runs saved and 2nd best UZR by an AL RF.

 

Trout's defense has definitely taken a hit, and that's without looking at the stats. He's been more hesitant on going after balls near the wall, which may or may not be a good thing(saves him for the long term). He's fine with not committing errors but his UZR and DRS were both below average this season. 

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Calhoun?  I like his game, but I never would've thought he'd be a "finalist" for a Gold Glove.   He has a strong arm and makes some diving grabs, but I don't see him as a particularly good defensive outfielder.  I did figure his defensive performance would improve from his rookie stint, though.   That was an aberration.

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