Gold Gloves 2011
November 2, 2011 by staff
Since then, the news has become a bit brighter. A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that the designated hitter David Ortiz won the Roberto Clemente Award, and last night, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia won his second Gold Glove, while the center fielder and MVP candidate and the player Jacoby Ellsbury back the year he won his first. Rounding out the team was Adrian Gonzalez, who won his first Gold Glove with the Red Sox and his third overall.
As Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe states: All three players came from major injuries. Ellsbury played only 18 games in 2010 due to fractured ribs. Gonzalez had offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and Pedroia missed the last three months of the 2010 season with broken left foot.
The Red Sox have had three Gold Glove winners in a season since 1979, when Rick Burleson, Dwight Evans and Fred Lynn won.
The criteria for determining the Gold Glove winners are not exactly complicated, it is rare for a player without the highest fielding percentage in place takes home the prize. Of course, since the award is voted by players and managers, it is possible that could be thrown by the allegiance or simple miscalculation, however, is rarely the case.
If someone is not the best fielder at his position wins, usually because of an epic struggle at the end, administrators and coaches know to vote for the award long before the season ends (usually at mid-September), and as such, the numbers do not always tell the whole story.
However, Gonzalez and Ellsbury – none of whom had a single blunder in their respective positions throughout the year – of course not. And the sending Pedroia, regularly some of the best in the American League was not far behind.
The three biggest individual awards have not yet been announced, with a strong MVP candidate and Gonzalez Ellsbury a remote possibility. Do not expect anything Red Sox mentioned in the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year vote, the Red Sox roster have not new to any kind of regular basis at any time during the season, and even if the pitching staff was not busy eating college in the clubhouse during games, no one in the American League is going to approach Justin Verlander Detroit in the AL Cy Young voting, except maybe the Yankees CC Sabathia, who own staff led his team all season.
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