My tweet tonight immediately after Andrew McCutchen won a gold glove: Andrew McCutchen hits his way to his first career Gold Glove. It received several retweets, which I can only assume is other people mocking what has become of the Gold Glove award.
The Gold Glove award is supposed to recognize defense. Unfortunately that defense is only recognized if a player has strong offense to go with his defense. In some cases, good offense can hide poor defense. That was the case with McCutchen. On the year McCutchen had a -7.0 UZR/150. The other candidates for the award -- Michael Bourn (22.5 UZR/150) and Drew Stubbs (8.5 UZR/150) -- ranked first and second respectively among qualified center fielders in the NL. There were six players between those two and McCutchen.
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