Three Gold Glove voting biases
November, 6, 2007
What do you think the Gold Glove voters -- the coaches and the managers -- should do? What's their job? If you think they're supposed to identify good defensive players, they do a pretty good job. With the occasional exception, Gold Glove winners generally are "plus" fielders. Better than average. If you think they're supposed to identify great defensive players, the voters do a pretty lousy job. This year, there are 19 Gold Glove winners. By my count, four of them are truly outstanding defensive players: Orlando Hudson, Andruw Jones, Carlos Beltran, and Johan Santana.