Brad Ausmus, the Astros steady receiver behind the plate won his 3rd gold glove this year.
Ausmus, also a Gold Glove recipient in 2001 and 2002, led all catchers in games caught (138), starts (124), fielding percentage (.998), total chances (994) and innings caught (1,124 2/3). He committed only two errors and allowed one passed ball.
One passed ball?!?! That’s crazy considering how many innings he caught off Brad Lidge and that sick, sick slider. The Astros keep Brad for his defense and the way he handles the Astros pitchers, so it’s really nice for him to get some gratitude from the league for his fine work.
To all of you Cardinals fans crying foul saying that Molina got robbed… Go cry yourself to sleep. Yes we all know Brad had more runners advance on him this season. Brad led in basically every important category except the stolen bases categories… then take into consideration that he had almost 200 more put outs than Molina and it’s a no contest. Molina had a fine year… a great defensive year… but Brad was better and deserved the award. Molina will get his gold glove eventually… probably year after next when Brad retires though.
On another note, Adam Everett who is in my opinion is the best defensive short stop in the game, failed to claim the gold glove this season being beaten out by 11-time gold glove winner Omar Visquel. Some Astros fans say he got robbed, but saying that Adam got robbed is basically just home town prejudice. Visquel is one of the best defensive short stops in the game… ever. Visquel also had a better fielding percentage this season beating out Adam’s .990 with a .993. It would have been nice for Adam to win the gold glove, and I’m pretty sure he will in the near future. But Omar deserved it this year as well… so him winning it isn’t robbing Adam in any way.
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