Ike Davis misses out on Gold Glove
Despite a tremendous defensive rookie season that saw him pace National League first basemen in several advanced fielding metrics, Mets rookie Ike Davis lost out on the Gold Glove award to two-time winner Albert Pujols of the Cardinals.
According to the web site Fangraphs.com, Davis, 23, led all NL first basemen in UZR, an advanced statistic designed to measure the number of runs a player saves on defense. Among all big league first baseman, he trailed only Daric Barton of the Athletics, who also fell short of a Gold Glove.
Unlike the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie and Manager of the Year awards, which are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, Gold Glove awards are voted on by players and managers.
Davis also finished second in the Majors behind Barton in plus-minus rating and runs saved, two statistics developed by noted sabermatrician Bill James. In James’ admittedly subjective Dewan Fielding Bible awards, Davis finished third behind Barton and Pujols.
The Mets had only one other legitimate candidate for a Gold Glove award: outfielder Angel Pagan, who lost out to Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies, Michael Bourn of the Astros and Shane Victorino of the Phillies. Pagan finished fifth in the Fielding Bible awards among outfielders, and fourth among NL outfielders in UZR.
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