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  1. Shouldn’t this be on NotGraphs?

    Comment by camisadelgolf — June 7, 2012 @ 1:52 pm

  2. Is this becoming some kind of mandatory comment to every FG piece?

    Comment by steex — June 7, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

  3. You know, I hate it when baseball traditionalists yell at saber-minded people for not watching the games, because its a completely wrong steryotype…. but comments like these make me doubt its very wrong at all.

    Just because something is not completely statistically analytic does not mean it belongs on NotGraphs. NotGraphs is a baseball-comedy blog. Fangraphs is a baseball blog for those who want more insightful commentary than the run-of-the-mill sportswriter. It is not just a fancy graph baseball blog.

    Comment by Jack — June 7, 2012 @ 4:02 pm

  4. Exactly. If you really want heavy statistical analysis, go to baseball-prospectus.

    Comment by payroll — June 7, 2012 @ 4:22 pm

  5. I thought the gold glove selections were popularity contests anyway??

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — June 7, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

  6. What do you want, a FG post on the number of google image searches for various relief pitchers? Pass.

    Actually, not a bad article although this is extremely premature. Would be interesting to see if this could influence even one vote on the subject; that would have to be considered a success.

    Comment by Marver — June 7, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

  7. I was kind of hoping the last line would be something like:

    “But since we all know the criteria for how gold gloves winners are actually chosen, the AL GG Relief leader is… Mariano Rivera.”

    Comment by Joshsaysgomo — June 7, 2012 @ 6:13 pm

  8. It is interesting to see who the leaders in each league would be from a relief standpoint. Out of curiosity, though, how do they actually compare to the leading starters? Since the GG is just generally given out to a “pitcher,” that is ultimately their competition.

    At the end of the day, a reliever would need to be magical with a glove to beat out a starter who is very good with the glove over 3 times as many innings. In some ways, it’s sort of the same debate as giving the CY to a reliever over a starter.

    Comment by steex — June 7, 2012 @ 6:31 pm

  9. The other thing that works against relievers is that they don’t get to the plate enough today for the voters to determine if they are good enough hitters to win a Gold Glove.

    Comment by reillocity — June 7, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  10. I don’t think any of them hit well enough to get the gold glove.

    Comment by Jovins — June 7, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  11. You are thinking of Silver Slugger.

    Comment by Curtiss — June 8, 2012 @ 12:20 am

  12. No, we only wish he was thinking of Silver Slugger.

    Thankfully, the primary job of the pitcher (run prevention) is coincidental with the primary purpose of fielding (run prevention), so needing to be good enough at pitching to be considered isn’t as egregious as needing to be a good enough hitter as a position player.

    Comment by steex — June 8, 2012 @ 1:10 am

  13. Sadly, you’re right. However, I’m glad for someone coming along and doing an interesting article that SHOULD carry some weight.

    Comment by Jeff — June 8, 2012 @ 9:38 am

  14. Well, Chris Davis has a chance.

    Comment by ezb230 — June 10, 2012 @ 2:17 am

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