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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Chapman, Arenado repeat as Platinum Glovers

NEW YORK—At the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ceremony on Friday night, some of the best and brightest stars of Major League Baseball lit up Manhattan.

None shined more brightly than the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Athletics’ Matt Chapman. The pair, whose journey from teammates at shortstop at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., to two of the premier third basemen in the Major Leagues is well-known by now, repeated as Platinum Glove Award winners.

While the Gold Glove Awards honor the best fielder at each position, since 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards pit all 18 Gold Glovers against each other to determine the best defensive player in each league. The award is decided by a combination of fan votes and the Society for American Baseball Research’s defensive index, which considers a fielder’s range, his arm and his sure-handedness, along with his outstanding plays, using metrics such as reaction time, the amount of ground covered and the velocity of throws.

For the duo at the hot corner, it was a special moment made all the more poignant by the man who made the official announcement. In a moment orchestrated by Karl Ravech and Eduardo Pérez of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, who were set to present the awards but whose envelopes didn’t have the winners’ names in them, Mike Gonzales—Chapman and Arenado’s high school coach at El Toro—made a surprise appearance on stage and did the honors himself.

So, would we agree with the suggestion that Arenado and Chapman are the best defensive players in their leagues, and, if not, who would we nominate instead?

 

QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: awards and honors, matt chapman, nolan arenado

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Why did Jeff Bridich give Nolan Arenado an opt-out clause?:The Athletic (paywall):Groke

It was assumed that the opt-out clause was the price of doing business, a stipulation that Arenado demanded in order to make him comfortable, an extra bait to lure him into signing before free agency.

Turns out, the idea was Bridich’s — not Arenado’s.

“In those negotiations, I was the one who actually pushed for that opt-out,” Bridich said this month. “To Nolan’s credit, he didn’t have a ton of interest in that initially being in there. It wasn’t a priority of his for it to be in there. I was the one who thought it might be a good idea.”

“...Just trying to learn lessons from years and years and years, and contracts over contracts over contracts, not just in this organization, but in the industry,” Bridich said. “Let’s just put in a time where we come together and say, ‘OK, is this right to stay together?’ Seems pretty reasonable and realistic when there’s one career on the line and a lot of money on the line. And really behind all that commitment, can we share a vision going forward?”

puck Posted: October 20, 2019 at 06:01 PM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: brain surgery, nolan arenado, rockies, wtf

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Quit slamming superstars for their teams’ failures

Fans have long loved to criticize players who sign big contracts. The media has long encouraged and aided this effort to greater or lesser degrees. Players who rake in the big bucks have long had a target on their back and probably always will.

Which is not totally unfair, of course. They’re supposed to be good. They’re supposed to help the team win. That, as the old saying goes, is why they’re paid the big bucks.

But there are limits to that right? A baseball team has 25 guys on it, not just one, and any one baseball player has way less power to carry one’s team to victory himself than, say, the quarterback of a football team or any single basketball player, each of which can make a huge difference. As such, while it’s fair to hold star players to a higher standard, it’s less fair to blame them when their teams fare poorly through no fault of their own.

 

QLE Posted: September 26, 2019 at 12:26 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: bryce harper, manny machado, mike trout, nolan arenado, superstars

 

 

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