Thursday, September 30, 2004

Alex Gonzalez For Silver Slugger!

So says Lloyd McClendon:

During the final homestand, McClendon and his coaching staff cast their ballots for the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. They were not allowed to vote for players from their own team. McClendon thinks shortstop Jack Wilson should receive consideration for both awards. McClendon's vote for the Gold Glove went to Cesar Izturis of the Los Angeles Dodgers. His vote for the Silver Slugger went to Alex Gonzalez of the Florida Marlins.

I am ashamed to admit that until now I wasn't exactly sure what the Silver Slugger award was, so I looked it up:

In Major League Baseball, the Louisville Silver Slugger award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in each league.

Wait... so Lloyd McClendon thinks that a guy with a .270 OBP has been the best offensive shortstop in the National League this year? Either McClendon doesn't care much about who the good players in the league are, or we've got the Pirates' talent evaluation problems summed up in a neat little paragraph up there. Lloyd? Dave? Click here. The best offensive shortstop in the National League has been - and apologies to Honest Wagner and Pirates fans everywhere for what I'm about to say - Khalil Greene, and once you consider home parks it frankly isn't close. And Alex Gonzalez is one of the worst offensive starting shortstops, not one of the best.


Blogger az said...

Charlie, clearly Lloyd and Dave are part of The Anti-Khalil Conspiracy. If they voted for Greene, he just might win. Voting against him helps JWilson in the voting, and in a way may help make Bay's case for ROY.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Rowdy said...

Oh, c'mon az, there's no anti-Khalil conspiracy.

Loosen the strap on your tinfoil hat and let your scalp breathe.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Charlie said...

I agree, there's no anti-Khalil conspiracy. Gonzalez has been something like the 11th-best offensive shortstop in the NL this year. This is just a case of McClendon having no idea what he's talking about.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

McClendon has been going to bat for WIlson in Wilson's entire career. I think this is a case of McClendon not trying to help out whoever is in 2nd place to Wilson, furthering Wilson's shot of making the Silver Slugger. ON top of that, McClendon seems to have a large dislike for rookies, so there's no way he would have voted for Greene anyway, even if he hit 30 homers. ALso, if he votes for Greene for either of those categories and he wins, that helps Greene's ROY candidacy, and that's the last thing he wants to do considering he's been campaigning for Bay all season.

2:49 PM  
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