Often bashed for not being able to reach his offensive potential, Gordon Beckham also now can’t get any love for the things he does well.
Take his growth as a defensive second baseman over the last two seasons, and last season in particular. Beckham’s .9899 fielding percentage at second base was the second best mark in Chicago White Sox history at the position behind Nellie Fox’s .9901 mark in 1962.
It left him fourth in the American League in fielding, but didn’t earn him a mention among the Gold Glove Award finalists last season.
“I’d like to be in the conversation for sure,” Beckham said. “I wasn’t a finalist last year and that was frustrating but it’s not really the end-all, be-all. It’s not really a big deal. I’ll hit better this year and then win a Gold Glove.”
Ah yes, the old good-fielders-who-also-can-hit-win-Gold Gloves argument. Beckham was saying it in jest, but it’s obvious he feels that other factors besides fielding go into the Gold Glove Awards.
“It’s just a joke,” Beckham insisted.
So is the Gold Glove a true representation of the best fielders in the league?
“I’m not saying it’s not; I’m saying it is,” Beckham said. “I’m just saying that people have great offensive seasons. And it’s not a knock on anybody that wins it because the coaches vote on it. But I think when you see good offense you immediately think good defense maybe.
“(The Yankees’ Robinson) Cano won it (at second base) last year and he’s good. It’s not like he’s not worthy of a Gold Glove. I think he is. I’m just saying that it is a fielding award and I felt like I was slighted a little bit because of the offensive year I had. It wasn’t stellar. But that’s neither here nor there.”
Beckham: Where's the love on D?
ESPN.com | Feb 18