Happy Baseball Birthday! Mr. Terry!
Today Rawlings and Major League Baseball announced the Finalists for this years Gold Glove Awards.
Below are the three nominated players at each position with a brief comment and my choice.
I must admit that I haven't seen every player nominated, so Ill do my best in those cases.
Mark Buehrle, Blue Jays
R.A.Dickey, Blue Jays
Doug Fister, Tigers
***Who really knows who the best pitchers are defensively?
We only see them every five days.
That said, its a Detroit Tigers homer/fan pick for me.
Joe Mauer, Twins
Asalvador Perez, Royals
Matt Wieters, Orioles
Joe Mauer has been a great catcher for a long time.
Even though he spends time at first base, Mauer is still the best backstop in the A.L.
Chris Davis, Orioles
Eric Hosmer, Royals
Jamed Loney, Rays
Eric Hosmer wins the Gold Glove simply off his play against the Tigers.
Great young player.
Robinson Cano, Yankees
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox
Ben Zobrist, Rays
Every time I see the BoSox play I marvel at the passion and skill level of 5' 8" second sacker.
Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Evan Longoria, Rays
Manny Machado, Orioles
Get ready for many years of Machado and the Gold Glove.
Brooks Robinson's 16 Gold Gloves are safe, but I could see 10+ for Manny.
Alcides Escobar, Royals
Yunel Escobar, Rays
J.J. Hardy, Orioles
Ok, I really have no idea who the best shortstop not named Jose Iglesias is.
Two guys named Escobar?
Gotta have two awards this year.
Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
Andy Dirks, Tigers
Alex Gordon, Royals
I'm a Tigers fan and have no idea why Andy Dirks, a part time player, is nominated to win a Gold Glove.
The Tigers struggled with the Royals all year.
See the trend...Hosmer, Escobar, now Gordon.
Lorenzo Cain, Royals
Jacoby Elsbury, Boston
Adam Jones, Orioles
Adam Jones beat out Tigers CF Austin Jackson last year for the Gold Glove.
Why isn't Jackson nominated again?
Jones is the best A. L. CF not named Austin Jackson.
Nick Markakis, Orioles
Shane Victorino, Red Sox
Josh Reddick, Athletics
The past two years I've watched as the Tigers battled the A's in the A.L. Division Series.
Reddick made unbelievable plays almost every game.
Ok, now the National League
Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks
Zack Grienke, Dodgers
Adam Wainright, Cardinals
OK, tough one here.
Don't know that I've seen Corbin pitch much.
The other two, I've see quite a bit, because of netwok TV games I'm sure.
A.J. Ellis, Dogers
Russell Martin, Pirates
Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
Adrian Gonzales, Dodgers
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
I've seen all of them play, and the young man playing for the Cubbies gets my vote.
Darwin Barney, Cubs
Brandon Phillips, Reds
Mark Ellis, Dodgers
Both Dodgers named Ellis are nominated this year.
How do the Cubs continue to lose?
Nolan Arenado, Rockies
David Wright, Mets
I've never seen Arenado play.
Juan Uribe is still playing?
Didn't David Wright play Captain America in the movies?
Ian Desmond, Nationals
Andrelton Simmons, Braves
Troy Tulowitzky, Rockies
From what I saw this season, the kid for Atlanta will be winning quite a few Gold Gloves.
I have his rookie card.
Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Sterling Marte, Pirates
Eric Young, Jr., Mets
Marte in left this year was a huge part of the Pirates first winning season in two decades.
Carlos Gomez, Brewers
Andrew McCutcheon, Pirates
Denard Span, Nationals
The best outfielder in the National League, regardless of position, plays in the same city, for the same team, that Roberto Clemente played for.
Jay Bruce, Reds
Jason Heyward, Braves
Gerrado Parra, Diamondbacks
The Braves have another farm system gem in Heyward.
I like his play every time I see him.
There you have it.
I know many people will take issue with my picks.
Please fell free to comment.
Remember, be nice, its just my opinion.
Earlier I posted my Baseball Bloggers Awards for the American League.
Now I submit my ballot for BBA Award winners in the National League.
Connie Mack Award (Top Manager)...Don Mattingly, Los Angeles Dodgers
Willie Mays Award (Top Rookie)...Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
Goose Gossage Award (Top Relief Pitcher)...Craig Kimbrell, Atlanta Braves
Walter Johnson Award (Top Starting Pitcher)...Clayton Kershaw, Lis Angeles Dodgers
Stan Musial Award (Best Player)...Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks
Every year I participate in the annual post season baseball awards for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA).
First up is the American League.
Connie Mack Award (Manager of the Year)...John Farrell, Boston Red Sox
Willie Mays Award (Best Rookie)...Will Myers, Tampa Bay Rays
Goose Gossage Award (Best Reliever)...Koji Uehara, Boston Red Sox
Walter Johnson Award (Best Pitcher)...Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers
Stan Musial Award (Best Player)...Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers.
As I am doing this from my phone, I won't be doing my usual breakdown of each award.
The Baseball Bloggers Award winners will be announced in November, and I wil follow up a comparison of my ballot and the actual winners...if I get a computer.
Enjoy the World Series.
Clever baseball cover for this weeks Sports Illustrated.
I guess the lovely Kate Upton, who once dated Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, has moved her baseball loyalties for the upcoming baseball playoffs.