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Today’s main event: Gold Glove winners announced

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Oct 29, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Robinson Cano, Alfonso SorianoThe 2013 Gold Glove Awards will be announced on ESPN2 tonight beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The Yankees have only one finalists, Robinson Cano, who’s going for his third Gold Glove in the past four years.

There is really no defensive statistic that I fully trust and believe in. Defense has proven to be perhaps the toughest thing to statistically measure in baseball, but it is interesting that several of these stats seem to agree that Cano was not up to the standard of the other two American League second base finalists.

I believe Cano’s a very good defensive player, but Dustin Pedroia has shown several times this offseason that he’s also a fine second baseman able to make some great plays. Pedroia was also announced as the Fielding Bible Award winner at second base, which is a pretty good indication that the advanced metrics show he was a better second baseman than Cano this season.

Here are the three American League Gold Glove finalists:

ROBINSON CANO
Fielding percentage: .991
Errors: 6
Ultimate Zone Rating: 0.8
Defensive WAR: 1.2

DUSTIN PEDROIA
Fielding percentage: .993
Errors: 5
Ultimate Zone Rating: 10.9
Defensive WAR: 2.3

BEN ZOBRIST
Fielding Percentage: .993 (in 125 games at 2B)
Errors: 4 (plus one at shortstop)
Ultimate Zone Rating: 10.0
Defensive WAR: 1.3

Associated Press photo

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