Jeter Wins Gold Glove; Utley Does Not; Life Unfair

The National League Gold Glove awards were dished out just a few minutes ago. The Phillies’ own Shane Victorino won his third consecutive Gold Glove, perhaps undeservedly.

Once again, Chase Utley was not rewarded for his efforts. The anti-Gold Glove arguments have been made ad nauseam by now, so I’m not going to go on a tirade, but I will link to this article on Utley’s defense I wrote earlier this year.

Simply put, Utley has been the best defender since 2005 in aggregate, and in each individual season except 2007 (even then, arguably). Were the awards issued by myself, Utley would have been issued his fifth Gold Glove. But alas, it was not meant to be.

Your winners:

Over in the American League, Derek Jeter laughably won yet another Gold Glove at shortstop. Jeter gets one and Chase does not. Life is unfair, and the Gold Glove is meaningless. It’s not even worth arguing about anymore.

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  1. Richard

    November 10, 2010 03:59 PM

    Bill, did you see Colin Wyers’ article and blogpost yesterday at Baseball Prospectus?

    This one says that according to BP’s new nFRAA metric, Jeter’s even worse than the other advanced metrics have been showing:

    then this blogpost lists the top performers at each position this year, according to the new metric:

    I was surprised to see Utley not even appear on the list of top 2nd basemen. I wonder if that’s a function of his missed time. But I wouldn’t think so. I wonder if nFRAA doesn’t rate Utley so highly. It’ll be interesting to see how it rates everyone.

  2. 2streeter

    November 10, 2010 04:03 PM

    Any feeling that Polanco got robbed, too? I am too lazy to compare his stats against Rolen’s, but I have to believe that he at least should have been considered.

    Also, for a loooong time now the Gold Glove’s been a sorry excuse to throw attention to star players who don’t need the attention (i.e., Mr. Jeter) but aren’t going to win the MVP.

  3. Richard

    November 10, 2010 04:09 PM

    Polanco is good, had a good defensive year, but Rolen is much much better. He’s one of the best defensive 3rd basemen ever.

  4. Bill Baer

    November 10, 2010 04:10 PM

    Polanco was good but any of Scott Rolen, Ryan Zimmerman, and Chase Headley were deserving candidates well ahead of Polanco.

  5. bill

    November 10, 2010 04:36 PM

    I actually don’t think Shane was such a bad choice this year – this award should basically only go to CF’s (being a much more difficult position) and the best CF won (Bourn).

    Victorino has been one of the best 3-5 for the last three years. Not a perfect choice, but hard to really complain.

    Utley continuing to not win is horribly depressing, however.

  6. Rick

    November 10, 2010 05:21 PM

    Can we trade you Phillips glove (to Utley) for Victorino’s (to Bruce)? Bruce was amazing out there this year. Teams basically stopped running on him in the 2nd half.

  7. 2streeter

    November 10, 2010 05:56 PM

    End-of-the-workday comment:

    Anyone else find it interesting how close Chase Headley’s and Chase Utley’s names are?

  8. Joe Redden

    November 10, 2010 06:41 PM

    Utley’s performance in the playoffs cost him any chance at a Gold Glove. I’m not saying it’s fair, but that’s how it went down. As for Jeter, well, he got it because his name is Jeter.

  9. Richard

    November 10, 2010 07:33 PM

    Jeter probably won because he makes the plays he gets to and managers and coaches don’t see everybody, among other factors.

  10. Bill Baer

    November 10, 2010 07:38 PM

    Yup. Jeter has terrible range, so he pretty much gets the easiest distribution of batted balls possible. Utley has tremendous range and therefore has a very tough distribution of batted balls.

  11. A's Fan

    November 10, 2010 08:44 PM

    Bigger year in and year Gaffe:

    Utley or Ellis getting passed over every single year?

  12. A's Fan

    November 10, 2010 09:59 PM

    at least utley got screwed over by good defenders, not poor ones like Robinsen Cano.

  13. Chris

    November 10, 2010 11:50 PM

    What will it take for Utley to get a GG or do we just need to stop caring about it anymore and just bask in the fact we have the best defensive 2nd Baseman in the NL.

  14. Dr. Charles Stevens

    November 11, 2010 12:49 AM

    Hello all. My name is Dr. Charles Stevens. I would just like to point out that comparing Utley to Jeter in terms of Baseball Reasoning is theoretically invalid. The reason for this is that Chase Utley is tremendously better at Baseball Games.

    -Dr. Charles “The 2011 Philadelphia Phillies” Stevens

  15. Cutter

    November 11, 2010 09:09 AM

    We all know gold gloves are reputation based.

    Utley has long had a reputation as a below average defender, so it’s hard for the voters to change that opinion, especially when most of them can remember the difficulties he had in last year’s playoffs.

    The issues in this year’s playoffs surely won’t help his case for next season either.

  16. bill

    November 11, 2010 09:42 AM

    Gold Gloves obviously don’t *really* matter, but it helps HOF stuff, since people tend to think in terms like that.

    Though when people are voting on Utley in 15 years or whatever that may be different (let’s hope).

  17. Dave

    November 11, 2010 09:44 AM

    “What will it take for Utley to get a GG”

    About 12-15 more home runs should do it.

  18. Tim

    November 11, 2010 10:31 AM

    At least Utley won Dewan, James, et al’s Fielding Bible Award. To answer their question at the end: no.

    “Finally! After being atop the three-year Runs Saved leader board in each of the last four years, Chase Utley wins his first Fielding Bible Award in 2010. Utley has saved 60 runs with his defense for the Phillies in the last three years. Far behind him are Mark Ellis (33), Dustin Pedroia (30) and Aaron Hill (26). In the voting, Orlando Hudson gave Chase a run for his money, falling just six points short (80 points compared to 86 for Utley). Hudson did have three more runs saved than Utley in 2010 (17 to 14), but Chase’s consistency over many years was rewarded by the voters. Now the question is, can Utley win his first Gold Glove award?”

  19. Rob Steinberg

    November 11, 2010 11:51 AM

    In 2010 Placido Polanco had less errors and a better fielding percentage, with a similar number of games and chances at 3rd base…

  20. Rob Steinberg

    November 11, 2010 11:53 AM

    Utley’s rap is his arm….which is getting worse…..

  21. Bill Baer

    November 11, 2010 11:58 AM


    Fielding percentage is an outdated way to evaluate fielding. Players with less range have an easier distribution of balls to field. Utley, who has a lot of range, has a very tough distribution of batted balls and thus more prone to making errors.

    I’d much rather have Utley and his mundane fielding percentage over someone with less range and the top fielding percentage.

  22. Scott G

    November 11, 2010 12:33 PM

    Is it strange that I still utilize the stagecoach as my primary form of transportation?

  23. Joe Redden

    November 11, 2010 12:59 PM

    The league really needs to start considering the range of these players. As Bill said, Utley has a much longer range than Jeter, therefor he makes more errors on balls Jeter wouldn’t come close to getting a glove on. The league needs to stop rewarding a lack of effort and speed.

  24. bill

    November 11, 2010 02:57 PM

    It’s kind of a crazy thing too – at all levels of baseball, it’s widely acknowledged (even obvious) that “fielding percentage” is not even close to a good measure of defensive skill or talent. Scouts don’t say “oh that guy has a .975 fielding percentage, don’t draft him over the guy with a .985 fielding percentage”, they say “that guy has great range and reflexes”.

  25. John Dwight

    November 16, 2010 06:10 PM

    You guys are kidding yourself about Utley. He hasnt deserved a GG since he started. He has very poor mechanics, and he has a mediocre arm. Guys with offensive numbers like his usually steal GGs, not get robbed of them.

  26. John Dwight

    November 16, 2010 09:07 PM

    Dont be confused. The guys who vote for the GGs dont use those mind over matter stats that stat gurus have come up with. They watch the players play. Utley is nothing special at the position defensively. And he is losing ground offensively since his average has dropped 3 year in a row. He has virtually no power these days. He hit 6 dingers in his first 10 games last season, and then couldnt spell homer since.

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