David Wright is a Gold Glove finalist

Posted: October 29, 2012 in News
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By Steven Inman

After having a tremendous year, David Wright is one of three finalists for the Rawlings gold glove at 3rd base in the National League. David Wright had a spectacular year at third, arguably the best year of his career and should be the favorite to win the award. Wright has already won the award twice in 2007 and 2008 yet I believe he has been even better at the hot corner this season. The other two finalists are the Padres Chase Headley, and the Brewers Aramis Ramirez.

Wright was the only Met to be finalist from any category. The only other Mets who were solid defensively were R.A. Dickey, Ike Davis and Ruben Tejada. Dickey isn’t a finalist while Davis had such a low batting average he wasn’t considered. The gold glove is supposed to go to the best defensive player however it often goes to the player who put up the best offensive numbers at his position. For example Tejada had a much better season defensively than Zack Cozart or Ian Desmond, who are two of the finalists but because he missed some time and doesn’t have the power that those two guys have, he won’t be considered.

Chase Headley put up superior offensive numbers than Wright did this season but is considered to be a much worse defender and that is what this award is all about. Wright’s competition did not finish anywhere near his total of Defensive Runs Saved. Ramirez, in one of his best defensive seasons, finished with four Defensive Runs Saved. Headley’s defense actually was viewed as having cost the Padres three runs.

It appears that the award will come down to Wright vs. Headley. Headley is an MVP candidate putting up the best offensive numbers of his career but this award shouldn’t come down to offense, it’s the gold glove. Wright was by far the best third basemen in the National League this season and deserves to be rewarded for it. Wright, after having problems throwing side arm across his body last season had the best season of his career at 3rd base. The gold glove awards will be announced on ESPN’s Baseball tonight Tuesday at 9:30p.m. on ESPN2.

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