Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My man is first at 3rd

On the 50th anniversary of major league baseball's Gold Glove awards, fans voted online for the alltime Gold Glove team.

My man got more votes than anyone.

The story is on today; here's my favorite graph.

"(Brooks) Robinson drew the highest vote total of any player with 61 percent. He won a record-tying 16 Gold Gloves at third base for Baltimore and was the MVP of the 1970 World Series, largely because of his diving stops, backhanded plays and accurate throws."

How beautiful is that? And 23 seasons with one club, the Baltimore Orioles.

Here's the team:
1B: Wes Parker, (Dodgers, the surprise pick. Beat out Mattingly and Keith Hernandez, who has a record 11 Gold Gloves at the position.)
2B: Joe Morgan.
3B: Brooks Robinson (I shouldn't even have to write that.)
SS: Ozzie Smith
OF: Clemente, Mays and Griffey Jr.
C: Johnny Bench
P: Maddux, (who like Robinson and Jim Kaat, has 16 Gold Gloves.)

More from the story: "The nine winners have combined to earn 100 Gold Gloves, which are chosen annually by major league managers and coaches. ... Nearly 1 million votes for the all-time team were received online, through the mail and in person at sporting goods stores."