Is your guy the ‘1’?

The Gold Glove awards are out, guaranteeing ‘1’ fielding ratings for at least the 18 players listed below. Who pulled in the most among I-75 League teams?

How about Destin, with a strong-armed catcher, a middle infielder who also led the league in batting average AND stolen bases, and a pair of corner outfielders with highly regarded throwing arms to boot? That would be Yadier Molina, Dee Gordon, Yeonis Cespedes and Kole Calhoun.

Springfield checks in with three — pitcher Dallas Keuchel, shortstop Brandon Crawford and left fielder Starling Marte. Hickory (1B Eric Hosmer, CF A.J. Pollock) and Bismarck (P Zack Greinke, RF Jason Heyward) landed two Gold Glovers each.

That leaves seven clubs (Boulder, South Grand Prairie, Satellite Beach, Michigan, Savannah, Applegate and Bushwood) with one player each and four clubs (Chatfield, Superior, Margaritaville and Wisconsin) who were shut out.

What does it all mean though? A year ago, Wisconsin and Bismarck led the way with three Gold Glove selections each. Bismarck made the playoffs. Wisconsin lost 94 games. Applegate, which won 97 games, had no Gold Glove winners, but five ‘1’ fielders, including four starters.

So it would seem that while valuable, Gold Glove winners make for just one component of a successful club.

Pos. Player I-75 team
P Dallas Keuchel Springfield
P Zack Greinke Bismarck
C Salvador Perez Boulder
C Yadier Molina Destin
1B Eric Hosmer Hickory
1B Paul Goldschmidt S. Grand Prairie
2B Jose Altuve Satellite Beach
2B Dee Gordon Destin
3B Manny Machado Michigan
3B Nolan Arenado Savannah
SS Alcides Escobar Applegate
SS Brandon Crawford Springfield
LF Yeonis Cespedes Destin
LF Starling Marte Springfield
CF Kevin Kiermaier Bushwood
CF A.J. Pollock Hickory
RF Kole Calhoun Destin
RF Jason Heyward Bismarck

2 Responses

  1. I would not be surprised if Cespedes gets a “2” … he would not be the first Gold Glover to not get a “1” …. just ask Wade Boggs and I believe Rafael Palmeiro.

  2. […] the Gold Glove winners, which were clustered among a handful of I-75 League teams, a whopping 13 of our 15 teams can lay claim to one or more Silver Slugger returning to their team […]

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