Freddy, Odubel in Line for Gold?

Larry Bowa and Garry Maddox. Jimmy Rollins and Shane Victorino. Rawlings Gold Glove winners at their respective positions, shortstop and center-field, on the Phillies two World Championship clubs, 1980 and 2008.


Rawlings announced that Freddy Galvis and Odubel Herrera (photos: are among the finalists for a Gold Glove in the National League. Defense up the middle was key in 1980 and 2008 and again as the Phillies build.

Joining Galvis in the shortstop mix is the Giants’ Brandon Crawford, the reigning Gold Glove, and the Cubs’ Addison Russell. Herrera’s center field competition includes the Reds’ Bill Hamilton and Braves’ Ender Inciarte.

Winners will be announced on ESPN TV at 8 p.m. ET, November 9. Just think, that will be the first night of no political TV spots. Hooray!!

The award represents overall fielding excellence, and it is not based solely on fielding metrics and statistics, nor does it factor offensive production. Managers and coaches in each league vote but cannot include their own players. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprises approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote carrying the majority.

Not sure what stats and metrics will be used but Galvis led the three NL candidates in fewest errors (8), highest fielding percentage (.987) and putouts (210) in 1,350 innings. Crawford had the most total chances (633 to Freddy’s 622) and Russell, most assists (413 to Freddy’s 407). A year ago Galvis had 17 errors in 625 chances. His 8 errors are the fewest for any of his full seasons of pro ball, majors or minors.

Herrera played 1,301.1 innings in centerfield and had the most putouts (372), assists (11), double plays (4) and errors (9) among the three NL finalists. The errors frighten me.

Odubel also led in total zone runs (16). That also frightens me because I have no idea what that is. So I checked the glossary of advanced fielding for total zone runs: “The number of runs above or below average the fielder was worth per 1,200 Innings (approx. 135 games). This number combines the Rtz, Rdp, Rof, Rcatch numbers into a total defensive contribution.” That explanation makes it even more frightening.

Advanced fielding also says of his nine errors, six were fielding and three throwing. Hey, that I understand.

Odubel’s defense in centerfield has been impressive. He was signed as a second baseman-shortstop at age 17 by the Rangers in 2009. His first exposure to center field was two games at Myrtle Beach in 2014 and 52 total games in Venezuela winter ball in 2014-15. Basically, he was playing a new position in his rookie season in the majors a year ago.

Gold Glove Phun Fact
Rawlings first began honoring defensive excellence in 1957. Phillies shortstops who have won the award: Bobby Wine (1963), Ruben Amaro Sr. (1964), Larry Bowa (1978) and Jimmy Rollins (2007-08-09; 2012).

And, center-fielders: Garry Maddox (1975-76-77-78-79-80-81-82), Aaron Rowand (2007) and Shane Victorino (2008-9-10).

Player Development
Reading RF Dylan Cozens, the 2016 Joe Bauman Award winner as the minor leagues’ long ball leader (40), has been selected as the MiLBy Top Offensive player. On top of his home runs, the Eastern League MVP led the minors with 125 RBIs, 308 total bases and 81 extra-base hits, led double-A players with 106 runs scored and a .591 slugging percentage and led the EL with 38 doubles. In four postseason games, he was 6-for-15 (.400) with a homer and three doubles.

Tommy Joseph (Leones del Escogido), Alec Asher and Rhys Hoskins (Gigantes del Cibao) and Andrew Knapp and Cozens (Aguilas Cibaenas) have begun playing in the Dominican Winter League. Jorge Alfaro (Tiburones de La Guaira) and Elvis Araujo (Aguilas del Zulia) are in the Venezuela Winter League. C Austin Bossart has been added to the Scottsdale roster in the AFL. That league’s

Overall, the Phillies have 13 players in the VWL, 11 in the DWL, four in the Colombian League and two in Puerto Rico.

2B Scott Kingery (AFL, Scottsdale) has a modest three-game hitting streak, 6-12, boosting his average to .261 following a slow start. He is on the East team that will meet the West in the annual Fall Stars Game is this Saturday (November 5) on the MLB Network and MLBTV, 8 p.m. ET.

Vintage Photo
Tom McGuigan sent in this photo, a classic image.


Phillies fans are gathered at the corner of Frankford Avenue and Margaret Street in the Frankford section of Philadelphia to watch the score being posted of Game 2 of the 1915 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Phillies in Baker Bowl.

The score is posted on the side of the building (under the second-floor windows) in the background. A bit difficult to see but there is a ladder (behind the white street lights) propped against the building for someone to climb and post the score. One can only surmise the fans have their backs to the building because they are posing for a photographer. Tom says he has the photo because his grandfather is among group.

Statistical Randomness
Hector Neris faced 328 batters this year and struck out 102. That’s 11.4 strikeouts per 9 innings. Vince Velasquez was second on the club, 10.4. Phillies staff average was 8.1.

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