If you’re reading this post, you’re probably a Reds fan. Unless you have a random vested interest in the fan blogs of other teams, you’re here for your Reds fix. And on that note, you’re probably furious about the recent Golden Glove selections. The Reds may have had more nominees than any other team, but similar to what happens with two outs and guys in scoring position, the Reds laid a goose egg.
You’re convinced the entire award is a farce. Brandon Phillips, the ESPN WebGem Poster Child, is denied another Golden Glove for a young kid in Chicago who played a damn good glove. And that’s why he won it.
Paul Daugherty maintains that there’s no way Darwin Barney got to as many balls as Brandon Phillips did. Problem is, he absolutely did. We only saw the Cubs when they were playing the Reds. He was just as masterful the other 145 games or so. Check out the two side-by-side:
Brandon Phillips had 241 putouts to Darwin Barney’s 311.
Brandon Phillips had 391 assists to Darwin Barney’s 418.
Brandon Phillips had 5 errors to Darwin Barney’s 2.
That’s 637 total chances for Phillips and 731 for Barney, a net advantage of 94 more total chances for Barney.
It’s hard to take the fan hat off and be objective. Was hard for me to at first too. It was actually another commenter on Doc’s blog that introduced these statistics. It made me want to look closer – I did. Barney even posted a better fielding percentage: .997 to .992. They got this one right.