I love to see our guys win awards, but I have so little respect for the Gold Glove. Utley never won one, Jeter won 5. Soto and Yelich are top 3 in their positions this year. I know theyve made steps to ground the result more in actual defensive metrics (which aren't perfect) but how can Soto be nominated when he has -2 DRS, has -15 Outs Above Average,-0.6 dWAR and -20.6 Fangraphs DEF
Yelich isn't much better, -2 DRS, -13 Outs Above Average and -0.9 dWAR and -12.9 DEF.
I don't claim to understand fully how any of these metrics are calculated but when they are all pointing in the same direction they are clearly telling the same story.
You also have guys nominated for the new utility position as well as a primary position. Which one is it? Surely if they did enough to qualify for a specific position then you shouldn't be able to qualify for a Utility position right?
And the way they determine eligibility is dumb. Ranger misses out becuase he didn't have 138 innings pitched by the 138th game. Thats the cut off. Someone who misses the first couple of months is ineligible, but someone who misses the same number of games at the end of season is eligible.
The worst thing is despite how ridiculous the Gold Glove has been historically, it gets held against players when the HoF voting comes around. Some voters look at their awards to determine if they are worthy of HoF consideration. So a player who was overlooked unfairly by voters at the time, is punished again. Chase Utley should probably have 4-6 Gold Gloves and some voters will overlook him for the HoF because Orlando Hudson and Brand Phillips were more flashy.