Once again. Nate McLouth of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is now a Gold Glove CFer.
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That gibberish above is about the only rational reason I can think of as to why Nate McClouth was voted as one of the three best defensive outfielders in the National League in 2008. I really can’t think of any other reason.
Yes, it’s true that McLouth made only one error this year, translating to a .997 fielding percentage. You know who else had those exact same numbers? Mike Cameron. A guy with a far better defensive pedigree than McLouth (but also with limitations due to his age). So why did McLouth win over Cam? Better batting average. But Paul, what does batting average have to do with defensive abilities? It doesn’t. Let’s go on.
McLouth had a 2.66 Range Factor this year, which isn’t awful. But that’s really the only metric that has him even average with the glove. Zone Rating? .852 – 9th out of 10 regular NL CFers. Revised Zone Rating? .867 – 10th out of 10. Out of Zone plays per 9 innings? .602 – 7th out of 10. Runs Saved? Negative 10.5 runs – 9th out of 10.
So what does this all mean? It means that McLouth somehow managed to actually catch balls that were hit right at him. Amazing accomplishment, I’m sure. But he was physically incapable of moving left, right, back, or forward, which some jackasses like me are going to interpret as something worth harping on when talking about his defense.
All right, I’m going to stop asking myself questions and answering them now. But good lord…