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November 01, 2005

Jeter's Gold Glove Selection

It was announced today that Derek Jeter has won the A.L. Gold Glove Award (for fielding excellence) at SS for the second straight year.

For those not aware, coaches and managers in the league vote on who should win this award. And, these men are the ones who selected Jeter this and last season.

And, within minutes of the announcement today on Jeter, across the Internet, many are claiming that he should not have won the award and lamenting over who should have won it. The numbers are being crunched and thrown around like mashed potatoes at a high school cafeteria food fight.

In defense of Jeter, I'm not going to look at numbers. Instead, I'm going to look at words.

To me, "excellence" means having the quality of being able to evoke a strong response of superiority.

I have yet to see a definition of the word "excellence" where it stipulates that it must be the highest in a measure of things or in the top X% of group, etc. To borrow from Potter Stewart, you do not need a slide rule to facilitate the capacity for fully understanding "excellence" - you know it when you see it.

Therefore, if the coaches and managers in the A.L. look at Derek Jeter and in their knowledge, gained by comprehending, he's the guy who evokes a strong response of superiority at SS in terms of fielding, then Jeter deserves the award.

I know that those who oppose Jeter will say to this "But, Jeter's fielding ability is just something that they've created in their mind. There's nothing to support it."

To that, I would counter with something that Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:

"The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose."

And, I would add a quote from William Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost:

"Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye, not uttered by base sale of chapmen's tongues."

Sorry Jeter-bashers. The Gold Glove is a judgment call. Take a page from the official baseball rules and realize that you cannot protest a judgment call. Correction, you can protest it until you're blue in the face - but, it's not going to change anything.

Just as all the griping in the world is not going to take away the Gold Glove from Jeter.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at November 1, 2005 09:09 PM


I agree with you because it's hard to argue against Jeter when his peers voted him the trophy. However, I will say that the Gold Glove is a pretty crap award. Wasn't it 1999 or 2000 when Raffy Palmiero won it over Tino and Raffy had played more than half of his games at DH? Torii Hunter missed 1/3 of the season and still won it this year. It's a legacy thing. Once you win, you have to die to get passed over the next year.

Posted by: MJ [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 08:48 AM

Just because some pregnancies do not end in birth, it's no reason to assume that all pregnancies will end up that way. The Raffy selection was a miscarriage of the process. It does not mean that the Jeter selection was as well.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 09:53 AM

Just because some pregnancies do not end in birth, it's no reason to assume that all pregnancies will end up that way.

But if a good number of them do, then there's no reason not to expect they won't turn out that way.

GG selections and arguments have been going on for as long as I can remember. Same with most postseason awards. Nothing new here, just congratulate the winners, and hope for the best next year.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 2, 2005 11:34 AM