Gold Gloves! Yeah! Slap hands! Slap hands!
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez were awarded with Gold Gloves today. The award — given to the best defender at each position — is the first such honor for both players. Tulo seemed certain to prevail, but some doubted CarGo would win. The fact that he was chosen speaks well for his MVP chances.
Truthfully, this should be Tulo’s second Gold Glove. He has been the NL’s top shortstop for the past couple of years and shouldn’t have been passed over for the award in 2009. He was the easy choice in 2010.
On the other hand, the selection of Gonzalez has set off some debate. Many feel that his defense is solid, but unworthy of such a high distinction. Some postulate that he really won because of his bat. I disagree. Gonzalez plays all three outfield positions brilliantly. Those that don’t realize this have not been paying attention. His versatility is a true weapon and a perfect fit for a deep and flexible squad like the Rockies. He is truly unique.
Congrats to Troy and Carlos! Hope this is the first of many Gold Gloves for both!