So the Gold Glove winners for the National League were announced today and I am not happy. NOT HAPPY.

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know that my favorite player on the Padres and in all of baseball is Kevin Kouzmanoff, our incredible third baseman. He had three errors total this year and a .990 fielding percentage. That’s freaking amazing. So amazing, in fact, that the Hall of Fame sent a guy all the way out to San Diego to get one of Kouz’s gloves. To put in the Hall of Fame. Because Kouz set a single-season record for National League third baseman. And because he’s amazing.

You would think, that a guy who’s been in the majors for three years, who had an incredible season like this, who broke a record for goodness sakes, and who the Hall of Fame found themselves worthy enough to want something that he used, should get a Gold Glove.

The guy who won the Gold Glove at third base was the National’s Ryan Zimmerman. Basically, I don’t care. I don’t care if he was ranked the best third baseman in baseball. The guy had 17 errors!

Oh but of course, there is the little matter about his RF and UZR. According to a mlb.com article, Zimmerman’s RF is 2.9 and Kouz’s is 2.2. Zimmerman’s UZR is 18.1 and Kouz’s is 7.5. I HAVE NEVER EVER HEARS OF THESE TERMS!!!!! I have no idea what they are and why they should matter. Oh, Zimmerman’s UZR is higher than Kouzmanoff’s. Let’s give the glove to him. 

You have to be kidding me. I doubt that the voters even look at stuff like that!  

Naturally, I’m extremely biased. I wanted my boy to win so badly. But I think Kouz was seriously snubbed here.

These National League managers are morons!!! I mean, they were the ones watching Kouz. They saw his defense. The Padres even sent them DVDs with some of Kouz’s highlights. Maybe they just wanted to give the poor Nationals fans something to be happy about. Right.

I mean, come on, the Padres have been pretty depressed lately too!

This is so freaking frustrating. Just reading some of the comments from Padres fans on the website and on Facebook are showing that Kouz got wronged. As one commentator said, “WHAT A JOKE!!!” And as other said, “Just stupid!”

Kouz deserved that glove. He’s worked so hard in the last few years, and he has been seriously rejected.

This is very sad for me, too, since I’ve been pulling for him to get a Gold Glove since like late August. I set up a Facebook page, made my sign, changed my profile pic, and all that’s gone to waste. I wasn’t sure if he could honestly win it, but I hoped for it like crazy and I guess I really did expect that he would get it. It was so disappointing to see that he didn’t. It makes my heart hurt.

I just really hope that he wasn’t hoping for it too much. That would have been tough.


kouz dugout.jpgWell, on the positive side, Adrian Gonzalez got his second consecutive Gold Glove. But, sad to say, it’s hard to be happy for Adrian when we have that flub over Kouz. But it is a great accomplishment for Adrian. I know he’s probably not that happy since his teammate didn’t get to be happy though. Oh well. Congrats Adrian! 

Poor Kouz. Somebody needs to talk to the National League managers about this – MAJOR TIME.



  1. rrrt

    I usually don’t read the tags on people’s entries, but yours are pretty funny – I guess you were venting your feelings there! Kouz and Zimmermann are both great third basemen. I have to imagine he will get one sooner or later, if he maintains his level of excellence. But it’s still a bummer when it’s your favorite player who doesn’t win. Distract yourself with a big bowl of ice cream, it usually works for me :-).
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  2. iliveforthis

    I’m with you in thinking the awards this year were completely ridiculous. The Rockies always seem to get snubbed when it comes to them. However, Kouzmanoff is a great player, and I know that because I was there to witness the first error he committed on the season. He plays incredible defense, and I would back him getting a gold glove.

  3. baseballbutterfly@live.com

    “The guy who won the Gold Glove at third base was the National’s Ryan Zimmerman. Basically, I don’t care. I don’t care if he was ranked the best third baseman in baseball. The guy had 17 errors!”

    Zimmerman gets to balls Kouz doesn’t even get a glove on. That’s how he had 17 errors! If you don’t have the same range, your chances for errors are decreased. Have you ever played baseball? Try playing third base for an extensive amount of time, and let me know the differences in their styles. I can tell you, because I played in an advanced league and lost an award to someone who played 3B but didn’t take half the risks I did.

    Worse, you resorted to this, “Oh but of course, there is the little matter about his RF and UZR. According to a mlb.com article, Zimmerman’s RF is 2.9 and Kouz’s is 2.2. Zimmerman’s UZR is 18.1 and Kouz’s is 7.5. I HAVE NEVER EVER HEARS OF THESE TERMS!!!!! I have no idea what they are and why they should matter. Oh, Zimmerman’s UZR is higher than Kouzmanoff’s. Let’s give the glove to him.”

    If you have never heard of these terms, you need to follow baseball more closely. I’m as much of a fan as anyone (season ticket holder for over 25 years), but I don’t take everything so personally. Kouz is great. He was honored as you mentioned but he just didn’t win the GG. People ought to stop whining about how if their favorite players didn’t win an award, the system is rigged, they got robbed, and it’s a popularity contest. I have seen this on almost every blog the last few days. Vent if you wish, but don’t whine so loudly you make a weak argument. Look at the big picture – not just the parts you want to see.

  4. xcicix

    Consider what intelligent men are among the ranks of the NL managers and you get people like Charlie Manuel who refused to let the best pitcher in baseball for the first half of 2009 start the all star game, AJ Hinch who wanted his players to lose so they could look back on the horrible experience and feel like they have to do better (and one of his players had depression), Jerry Manuel who is daydreaming while his pitchers blow games, etc. etc.
    Hey, and baseballbutterfly–while many people are biased there is a certain thing called freedom of speech which we are all given as an inalienable right. Before you tell people to shut up without provocation–you chose to read this blog–you should brush up on your US constitution.

  5. xcicix

    And Kaybee, people rarely win what they deserve. Just look at Chris Carpenter, Dan Haren, Justin Verlander, Johan Santana, and CC Sabathia. They all deserved the 08 and 09 Cy Youngs in their respective leagues more than the winner but did they get it? No. Because the sportswriters looove the other guys. People are biased and that’s why they give guys they like the vote. The Red Sox fans stuff the all-star ballot every year. We all think we know who really deserves the awards and as long as the deserved winner has done everything in his power to get there and we have campaigned for them, it’s the best we have. Unless we’re managers or sportswriters there really isn’t much that we can. Feel better!

  6. hardcore1

    People, please stop all your whining! Zimmerman deserved the GG, for many good reasons! All of you think you know more baseball than the professionals? No way. All-Star ballots prove that fans don’t know any better than the pros. Sportswriters give out the major awards. People rarely win what they deserve? Don’t make me laugh. Most of the time the winners are very deserving. Usually if it is not “your” favorite player you are going to cry and complain about it. Well wake up because there is more to life than your opinion. As Baseballbutterfly said, “look at the big picture, not just the part you want to see.”

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