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Jeter "Honored" To Receive Gold Glove
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
In an official statement today, Jeter remarked on his second Gold Glove win:

- - - "I know I said it last year, but winning the Gold Glove -- for the second consecutive season -- is extremely gratifying. Defense usually doesn't make many headlines, but it goes a long way towards winning baseball games. There are a number of ways to make an impact during the course of a game, and playing solid, sound defense is one of them. To be recognized with a Gold Glove -- with so many other worthy shortstops in our league --is an accomplishment I hold with great honor." - - - 11/01/2005

The feet of Gold Glovers apparently don't need to touch the ground....

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, November 01, 2005  
  • At 3:02 PM, Anonymous metsRtehSux0r said…

    My favorite Derek Jeter story comes from a scout I was talking to one day over a bowl of rice.

    The year Jeter was drafted people said he had average range for a shortstop, but there was a lot of debate about why this was. As a senior in high school Derek was such a good, purely mechanical, shortstop that he refused to field anything he couldn't get in front of and put two hands on.

    People said he had average range when he wouldn't even dive for a baseball because he was afraid to boot it. The Yanks took a chance on being able to teach this kid to fill two holes in his game, diving and sliding, and now they have a guy who probably has the best range of any shortstop in the league. The Gold Glove awards, in my mind, aren't just about fielding percentage, because some of those Derek errors wouldn't even be chances for a lot of other guys in this league.

    I don't see debate about the AL shortstop spot at all. At one point you could argue Nomar, but he's a minus range guy these days with an average arm. His wife is better suited to play short these days.

  • At 4:39 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    I had an argument with a Mets fan once regarding Jeter's value. His argument was that Jeter didn't earn many errors simply because he got nowhere near the ball. Perhaps this fellow hadn't seen Jeter play in the past, oh, ten years.

  • At 6:07 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    You need to not talk to Mets fans.

    They're all biased by years and years of losing.

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