David Wright, Eric Young fall Short in Gold Glove bids

Posted: October 29, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

Photo by ESPN

Photo by ESPN

Mets players David Wright and Eric Young Jr. were both nominees in their respective positions for the Rawlings Gold Gloves. Neither of them won however as the awards went to a pair of Colorado Rockies, Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Gold Glove awards because it usually just goes to the biggest name guy who puts up the best numbers. Wright was looking for his third gold glove and overall he didn’t have his best year at third. I felt Wright’s best season defensively came in 2012 when he lost out to Padres 3B Chase Headley, (who actually cost his teams runs). This year Arenado was fantastic at third and defintly deserved the gold glove over Wright in my unbiased opinion. If you haven’t seen this rookie play third, I highly recommend it he is a treat to watch at the hot corner.

UZR had Wright saving the Mets five runs at third compared to Arenado’s 30. Advanced statistics have Arenado as the games best 3B.

Young in his first year playing everyday wasn’t all that great defensively either and it was kind of head scratching to me to see him be even one of the three nominees for this award. Fangraphs and UZR both had Young costing the Mets runs in left field.

Juan Lagares stared in center and definitely deserved the award in center field. Carlos Gomez who won the award also really deserved it but Lagares should have at least been one of the three nominees. I don’t want to hear about how he is a rookie either because Arenado won it in his rookie year as well.

Overall the Gold Gloves were improved this year but still have a ways to go before they can be taken seriously. Here is the complete lists of 2013 Gold Glove winners.

National League

Wainwright P
Molina C
Goldschmidt 1B
Phillips 2B
Arenado 3B
Simmons SS
CarGo LF
Gomez CF
Parra RF

American League

Dickey P
Perez C
Hosmer 1B
Pedroia 2B
Machado 3B
Hardy SS
Gordon LF
Jones CF
Victorino RF

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Thanks for your fair and unbiased analysis of the gold glove competition. Unfortunately, I believe that there is an unfair bias by the league and the media against the Mets in such competitions. Just watch the MLB channel sometime. They never mention the Mets and if they do its nothing favorable. I know Leiter has a bias against them. Probably because of the media blame he took following the Kazmir trade . The Wilpons need to let their GM do what ever he can however he can to turn this anti Mets bias around ASAP or the Mets will soon be this generation’s version of the St Loiuis Browns if they aren’t already. Thanks for keeping your objective look on the bright side but its time to get somrthing done. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike, my belief is that because the Mets have been a 4th place team the past five years, they are simply treated as such. No team has more consecutive losing seasons right now than the Mets so of course there is going to be some kind of bias against the team. That can all change though if they spend a little money on some credible players in the upcoming months….

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