Everyone has known that Gold Gloves are a joke since 1999 when Rafael Palmeiro won one despite not even playing 30 games in the field that year. Since then there has been little distinction between a Gold Glove, supposedly given to the best fielder at a position, and the Silver Slugger, given to the best hitter at a position.
Teixeira wins it for the first time in his career and is just the second first baseman to win the award besides Albert Pujols in the last seven years.
The advanced defensive stats back up Teixeira’s defensive greatness as he had a 10.5 UZR and a plus-4 total zone rating, but if defensive stats are not your thing he certainly passed the eye test. Teixeira is the best defensive first baseman the Yankees have had since Don Mattingly, making good diving plays, scooping balls out of the dirt, and he has also displayed a strong and accurate throwing arm.
As if that wasn’t all obvious, the Yankees clearly took a big hit late in the season when he was on the DL and the likes of Nick Swisher and Steve Pearce took over the position. Suddenly what was a weapon became a liability while Tex was on the DL. Glad to see he was recognized with this award.