LADY AT THE BAT: Vote For The Gold

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Vote For The Gold


Gold Glove
Originally uploaded by Patrick Haney.

This morning Rawlings announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gold Glove Award by letting you, the fan, choose the All-Time Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Team.

The ballot only includes only those players who've had their careers since the award's inception. So, you will not find Joe Dimaggio's name on it. You will, however, find the likes of Torii Hunter, Brooks Robinson, Bill Mazeroski, and Greg Maddux.

It'll be interesting to see which players get the most votes. I can't help thinking about all the arguments that take place at the end of every season when the annual Gold Gloves are chosen by coaches and managers. I still don't understand how Rafael Palmiero won one several years ago. I don't recall if he expressed his feelings about it. Did he feel uncomfortable? Would he have felt better about it if fans had chosen him? Maybe, maybe not. Whatever the case, you can rest assured someone out there will feel uncomfortable whenever an award is given out. You can change who decides the winner all you want, but as long as human beings are the voters, there will always be controversy.

The Lady

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