Kevin Kouzmanoff: Gold Glove Candidate
The Padres organization would like you to know Kevin Kouzmanoff is having a Gold Glove caliber year in the field. They just don’t know the protocol for making such a pitch to those who will be voting on the award. “A lot of players and almost every coach have come up to me and said,
‘We’ve got to do something,’ ” said Warren Miller, the Padres’ media
relations director. “(But) we don’t know what that is.” Major League Baseball isn’t exactly FBS College Football where teams can, and do, create Heisman Trophy campaigns for their stars. It might be a good idea to find a way to point out his stellar 2009 statistics.
Not including the statistics from Friday night’s game, Kouzmanoff has played in 124 games and committed only 3 errors in 277 total chances. He’s also made 89 putouts, 185 assists and turned 22 double plays. His .989 fielding percentage is the best for all major league third basemen. Geoff Blum has the next highest fielding percentage, but has only had 179 total chances at third base this season. His 10.675 zone rating is also fourth best overall. Kouzmanoff definitely has the fielding credentials to win the Gold Glove. Kouzmanoff has deftly played his position this season.
Yet, as Tim Sullivan points out, how the Gold Glove is awarded is subjective, not objective. You’d think Gold Gloves would be awarded based on fielding alone. But they’re not. “It comes down to hitting and stuff like that,” said Glenn Hoffman, the
Padres’ third base coach. “It should be fielding. That’s what the award
is for. And (Kouzmanoff) should be a candidate for it.” Kouzmanoff is at a disadvantage due to his lack of long-standing reputation and not being known as a power-hitter.
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