Derek Jeter, after one atypically mediocre defensive season, this year was back to being the 32nd best defensive shortstop in the majors according to the +/- rankings, with similar evaluations in other metrics. So, of course:
I have to get this out of the way … Yes, Derek Jeter has just won another Gold Glove.
It’s his fifth, which means he’s now won at least four more Gold Gloves than he’s deserved. By any stretch of the fever-crazed imagination.
It’s not exactly news that the Gold Glove voters are incredibly lazy, but Christ. As Neyer says, what’s especially strange about this is that while there used to be a major discrepancy between his reputation in the media and his performance, I get the impression that even among his fawning lickspittles in New York nobody thinks he’s much of a shortstop at this late date. At least they didn’t give one to Posada…
…the full list, verbatim from the best. website. ever.:
2010 Gold Gloves
|P||Mark Buehrle (CHW-2nd)|
|C||Joe Mauer (MIN-3rd)|
|1B||Mark Teixeira (NYY-4th)|
|2B||Robinson Cano (NYY-1st)|
|3B||Evan Longoria (TBR-2nd)|
|SS||Derek Jeter (NYY-5th)||We can’t believe it either|
|OF||Ichiro Suzuki (SEA-9th)|
|OF||Fr. Gutierrez (SEA-1st)|
|OF||Carl Crawford (TBR-1st)|