We’re not there yet.
That’s the only conclusion we can arrive at after looking at the 2012 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners. To see that Brendan Ryan, possibly the best defensive player in the game this season, is not a part of this list is extremely weak sauce. Many outlets use Sean Forman’s Defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR); some use FANGRAPHS’ UZR rating (UZR). Some discount the Range Factor (RF/9) metric. We throw them all together is a delicious recipe of glove work goodness. We also utilize some traditional statistics in our Pitcher Defense formula such as Putouts, Assists and Errors as stand-ins for UZR. Let’s go over the winners vs OUR winners:
AL WINNER: JJ HARDY, BALTIMORE ORIOLES
SABERLEADER: BRENDAN RYAN, SEATTLE MARINERS
If the Baseball Writers ever decided to create a Defensive Player of the Year award, most sabermetric experts, analysts and observers (looking at you, Colin) believe the voting should begin and end at the shortstop position. In any case, Brendan Ryan, in our view, was the runner-up for the overall award behind Matt Wieters. That said, Ryan was awesome this season. This is to take nothing away from the Orioles shortstop, who according to RF/9, while he beat Ryan for range factor, he was way behind the Mariners’ shortstop by a wide margin in UZR and dWAR. We have Ryan better by almost 20% over Hardy. The voters are simply paying waaay too much attention to offense here……
NL WINNER: JIMMY ROLLINS, PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
SABERLEADER: CLINT BARMES, PITTSBURGH PIRATES
…And reputation here. Brandon Crawford, Zach Cozart, Starlin Castro all were superior to the Phillies’ veteran shortstop by our calculations. UZR, dWAR, RF/9, Rollins was behind all of them in every category with the exception of Castro for UZR rating. This is not even mentioning the Pirates’ Barmes, who had highest UZR by a wide margin, highest dWAR and ended 3rd in range. The Braves’ Audrelton Simmons is potentially a defensive star at the position, he simply didn’t play enough innings for us to compete here. Bad job, Rawlings.
Posted: October 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM | 11 comment(s)
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