11 years later and the award is still a joke.
Last season an argument could have been made that Jeter actually deserved the award with one of the better defensive seasons of his career. But in 2010 he took a pretty big step backward. Among AL shortstops only Yuniesky Betancourt and Jason Bartlett had worse UZR ratings. Alexei Ramirez had a UZR rating a full 15.5 points higher.
Cano and Teixeira were not ranked among the top of their class in UZR, but it wasn’t nearly as bad in Cano’s case compared to Jeter. Also, UZR ratings among first basemen are generally considered less reliable.
It’s is great to see Yankees win award, but it would be much better if this were more legitimate. Defensive statistics are still relatively a new thing, but hopefully days like today will help them become more accepted as people point out the absurdity of Jeter, an average fielder at best, winning his fifth Gold Glove.
Congrats to Cano and Teixeira though.