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Gold Glove Winners

Yesterday Major League Baseball announced its annual Gold Glove winners and Philadelphia’s own Jimmy Rollins and Aaron Rowand each took home some hardware. Aaron Rowand lead the National league in centerfield assists with 11, while committing just 2 errors in 405 chances. JRoll put up similarly staggering numbers with 11 errors in 717 chances at arguably the most difficult position in baseball. I’m pretty sure Jimmy was also rewarded for his consistency since he did play in every single game this season. For both players it marks their first career Gold Glove.

The accolade for JRoll adds to his already strong resume for National League Most Valuable Player, which will be announced on Tuesday, November 20. It is notable that the other frontrunner for the award, Matt Holliday, was left out of the Gold Glove winner’s circle, despite having the second best fielding percentage at his position. So, if Holliday isn’t even the best fielder at his position, does he still have a shot at MVP? Of course, but Friday will tell us more about his and Jimmy’s chances as the Silver Slugger Awards will be handed out that day for the best hitter at each position. JRoll surely is a front runner for that position, despite his All-Star snub in favor of J.J Hardy and Jose Reyes. Neither of those guys will likely take home the Silver Slugger, but there will be stiff competition from Florida’s Miguel Cabrera. Still it seems the MVP-question now hinges on Friday’s Silver Slugger decision. If JRoll were to win both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards, one would think he’d be a lock for MVP even if Holliday won a Silver Slugger too…right?

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  1. Sean P.

    November 7, 2007 at 6:58 pm

    Brian,

    Do you mean J Roll will get stiff competition from Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins. Miguel Cabrera plays 3rd base.

  2. Brian Michael

    November 7, 2007 at 10:53 pm

    You’re right, I did. I had Miggie on the mind because of his trade rumors. He’s is much better offensively than Ramirez, so there won’t be much competition there then.

  3. Joe

    November 8, 2007 at 9:55 am

    J-Roll’s award is long overdue, but I think Rowand’s is a joke. He’s a solid outfielder, but not a gold glover. Heck, our best CF plays RF. I know he only had 2 errors, but how many times have you seen him take poor routes to balls or flat out misplaying them; they don’t count as errors.

    I like Rowand as a player, but letting him go is the right call. He is not worth the money he wants.

  4. Joe Clark

    November 8, 2007 at 1:36 pm

    Both were justified, the character with my first name is just plain wrong
    Rowand’s fielding numbers speak for themselves if you are a + 9 that is in the case of an outfielder 9 more assists than errors you are doing something right, which more than I will say for Beltran

  5. Kevin

    November 15, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Ummmm Hanley Ramirez’s OPS was almost 1000 last year, playing in a football stadium. Rollins plays in a bandbox. No contest. Ramirez should get the silver slugger.

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