Awards season has started and a Cub walked away with some gold glove hardware.
This is Derrek Lee's third glove of the golden variety and while he probably didn't deserve it (most metrics show Albert Pujols as the superior NL first basemen), he won nonetheless. The full list:
P - Johan Santana
C - Ivan Rodriguez
1B - Kevin Youklis
2B - Placido Polanco
SS - Orlando Cabrera
3B - Adrian Beltre
OF - Torii Hunter, Grady Sizemore, Ichiro Suzuki
P - Greg Maddux (Gold Glove #17, you have a sense he'll still be collecting these after he retires)
C - Russ Martin
1B - Derrek Lee
2B - Orlando Hudson
SS - Jimmy Rollins
3B - David Wright
OF - Carlos Beltran, Andruw Jones, Jeff Francouer/Aaron Rowand (the two tied in voting)
I don't have access today to the usual defensive metrics I follow, but for the most part that seems about right other than Ryan Braun should have won for NL third basemen (I kid, I kid). Last time I did check, Troy Tulowitzki was way ahead among NL shortstops but they don't give Gold Gloves to rookies.
Congrats to Derrek Lee!
Also a quick update that Bruce Levine on ESPN 1000 is reporting that Ryan Dempster will be moved into the starting rotation for next season.
I'm going to just hope that he gets traded before it ever actually gets there.
: What some of the defensive metrics say about the NL gold glove winners after the jump....
The Hardball Times RZR
1B - Pujols (Lee was 5th)
2B - Brandon Phillips (Hudson was 9th)
SS - Omar Vizquel (Rollins was 9th)
3B - Pedro Feliz (Wright was 5th, Aramis was 4th)
OF - Andruw Jones, Carlos Beltran, Eric Byrnes
Defensive Win Shares calculated at The Hardball Times
C- Chris Snyder (Martin 2nd)
1B - Derrek Lee (Pujols 5th)
2B - Brandon Phillips (Hudson 2nd)
SS - Troy Tulowitzki (Rollins 9th)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (Wright 3rd, Aramis 2nd)
OF - Andruw Jones, Chris Young, Carlos Beltran
Baseball Prospectus RAA2
(Runs Above Average)
(I don't know a way to sort this so I just checked some of the top players, if you find someone that rates higher, let me know.)
C- Yadier Molina (21)
1B - Albert Pujols (24)
2B - Brandon Phillips (27)
SS - Troy Tulowitzki (31)
3B - Aramis Ramirez (25)
OF - Eric Byrnes (22), Jacque Jones (13 in CF), Alfonso Soriano (21)
John Dewan's +/- System
1B - Albert Pujols (+37)
2B - Chase Utley (+22)
SS - Troy Tulowitzki (+35)
3B - Pedro Feliz (+27)
OF - Eric Byrnes (+28), Carlos Beltran (+25 ), Andruw Jones (+24)
Some of these aren't very fair comparisions as they'll compare left fielders to other left fielders and so forth and I bunched them up like the Gold Glove awards do into just outfielders. I think the awards should be separated into LF, CF and RF myself, but for some reason the Gold Glove committee hasn't caught on quite yet.