C: Yadier Molina, STL
1B: Adrian Gonzalez, SD
2B: Brandon Phillips, CIN
3B: David Wright, NYM
SS: Jimmy Rollins, PHI
OF: Nate McLouth, PIT
OF: Carlos Beltran, NYM
OF: Shane Victorino, PHI
P: Greg Maddux, LAD
This is the worst batch of Gold Gloves I can ever remember seeing.
Molina is fine, though I'd go with Kendall. Wright is fine. Rollins is very deserving and Beltran is obvious. I wouldn't go with Victorino, but at least he was good.
Maddux I don't know. Pitchers are hard to judge, it just bothers me that he's probably only winning on reputation.
Phillips was good, but that's just ridiculous. Chase Utley was HISTORICALLY great this year. He was a +50 fielder by BIS, +47 at second. He was GREAT. That's just stupid. Though Rollins robbed Tulowitzki last year in a similar comparison, so maybe it's karma.
Adrian Gonzalez was mediocre at best (though I think he's been better in the past). Pujols was, as usual, awesome. I dont' know why people don't seem to want to give Pujols his due. Why on earth does he not win more Gold Gloves and MVPs and other such stuff? Why do people hate him?!
The worst, though, is Nate McClouth. He was a -40 fielder this year. That's around 32 runs cost in the field. That's good for 35th among MLB center fielders.
And he just won an award for being a great fielder. Awesome. That makes the Jeter Gold Gloves look reasonable.
That's just awful. This award is a sham. At least it's a sham that benifited Rafael Palmeiro once.