Does Derek Jeter Really Deserve His 5th More Than Yunel Escobar?
The American League Gold Glove awards were announced on Tuesday and there were some old standards and a couple newer ones. Ichiro Suzuki, that ever-consistent star for the Seattle Mariners, won his 10th Gold Glove award for his outfield prowess. Sure to spark debate is Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees winning his fifth Gold Glove for his work in the 2010 season. It is often argued by followers of advanced baseball statistics that not only is Jeter not the top defensive shortstop, he is not even in the top echelon anymore. This, of course, would be disputed by his teammates and various coaches and general managers who have seen him perform over the years, as he is held in the highest regard for both his play and his leadership. But respecting his game and his historical contributions is one thing, and giving him the honour of the winning the top defensive prize is quite something else. Granted, his traditional fielding statistics are impressive. His six allowed errors were lowest amo