osforlife wrote:I'll repeat the question, how can somebody be playing gold glove defense with limited range?
May I assume that you consider "Gold Glove" to signify the BEST fielder at each position? It really doesn't and never has historically. Just two years ago Adam Jones
won the gold glove and many evaluators questioned his routes to the ball and defensive placement. Derek Jeter has won a TON of Gold Gloves and many evaluators DO NOT consider him to be the best DEFENSIVE SS, just the BEST SS. Nick Markakis
has been the best RF in basebakll for the last four or five years and finally won the GG just last year. Brooks Robinson's last two GGs weren't because he was the BEST 3B those years (not with Gregg Nettles as his contemporary) but because of his reputation and the fact that his play was ALMOST as good as it had been. I watched Mark Belanger play in the late Sixties and early Seventies and could NOT understand how he wasn't the GG winner EVERY YEAR. With all due respect to Cal Ripken and Ozzie Smith, Belanger in his prime was the best defensive SS I have ever seen.
Over the last couple of weeks I have posted hundreds of words about Reynolds' flaws at 3B and how some of them have carried over to 1B, including his range. Roch Kubatko posted this yesterday:
http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roc ... rners.html
Reynolds committed six errors in 15 games at third, and he failed to make other plays that were scored hits. He's made five errors in 95 games at first and has saved countless others with his ability to lunge for throws while keeping his toe on the bag. It's become his patented move.
The Orioles hold an $11 million option on Reynolds' contract for 2013 that includes a $500,000 buyout. It wasn't long ago that the thought of picking up that option seemed absurd, and I still have my doubts, but it's worth debating.
Reynolds has 21 home runs and 65 RBIs. He leads the club with 70 walks and ranks among the leaders with 25 doubles and a .348 on-base percentage. His 145 strikeouts are 11 fewer than Davis' total.
The question is, what value do you place on a 20-plus home run hitter who offers plus-defense at first base and is one of the most popular guys in the clubhouse - a gamer with a great sense of humor? He's only hitting .228, and his bat was in deep freeze for the first half of the season. Consistency isn't one of his tools.
The comment "he failed to make other plays that were scored hits" was specifically about his range which has improved SLIGHTLY at 1B but not IMO to GG level.
I have posted that I would be happy to have Reynolds back IF
he were willing to work on his weak areas such as range and willingness to take outside pitches the other way. IF
he were to do that successfully he could play at an All Star level.