Now, Mark Buehrle is once again a finalist for a Gold Glove and will likely win his third straight, with Dan Haren and Fausto Carmona being his competition.
Where the joke of it all comes is that neither Gordon Beckham or Alexei Ramirez are finalists at second base or shortstop. I can understand why Alexei didn't make the cut this season because he led all AL shortstops with 16 errors this season and for the most part, there are just way too many people who think that errors and fielding percentage are the end all be all of judging defense.
As for Beckham, if there were three second baseman in the American League who had a better season defensively than he did, I sure as hell didn't see them. The real reason Beckham isn't a finalist and Ian Kinsler, Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia are is because Bacon hit .230 with an OPS of .633. You have to have a golden bat to win a Gold Glove.
Still, that's not the biggest joke amongst the finalists. Take a look at the three finalists for the Gold Glove amongst American League catchers this season.
- Matt Wieters
- Alex Avila
- A.J. Pierzynski
Yes, that's right, the catcher who can't throw anybody out is a Gold Glove finalist. Amongst seven catchers in the American League who played in at least 120 games this season, Pierzynski has the worst percentage of runners thrown out (20.3%, next lowest is J.P. Arencibia at 24.3%) and the fifth best catcher's ERA (4.06) is a finalist for the award.
So why is Pierzynski a finalist? Well, the top three catchers in fielding percentage in the American League are, you guessed it, Matt Wieters, Alex Avila and A.J. Pierzynski.
God I hope he wins it.