It's not official yet, but it appears that the gold glove winners in the AL will be:
P - MIKE MUSSINA - YANKEES
C - JOE MAUER - TWINS
1ST - CARLOS PENA - RAYS
2ND - DUSTIN PEDROIA - RED SOX
3RD - ADRIAN BELTRE - MARINERS
SS - MICHAEL YOUNG - RANGERS
OF - TORII HUNTER - ANGELS
OF - GRADY SIZEMORE - INDIANS
OF - ICHIRO SUZUKI - MARINERS
At least Dustin Pedroia isn't the worst pick of the lot; that honor belongs to the statue-eque Michael Young. The longer the rangers run Young out to shortstop, the better it is for the A's. Keep the gold glove, sweetheart.
The gold gloves aren't based on statistics, nor should they be. They are based on the impressions of the electorate, which in this case happens to be managers. They watch games, and tell us what they see..
In Tango's Fan Scouting report, fans do the exact same thing, but instead of the votes of 14 managers, you get the votes of dozens of fans.
Those fans - including Red Sox partisans - rated Ellis as superior to Pedroia in the following categories: instincts, first step, speed, hands, release, and accuracy. Fans rated them as equals in arm accuracy. Fans rated Pedroia as superior in: . Oh, there's nothing on that list? Huh.
Anyway, we've got Mark Ellis and nobody else does. That counts for something, right? Here's to you, MaEl: