Rawlings declared 2007 the “Summer of Glove,” which sounds vaguely dirty to me, but we’ll go with it. They had fans vote for an All-Gold Glove Team and the winners have been announced. Let’s feast our eyes on some hotties, old and new, who make incredible feats of defense look like patty cake.
Pitcher: Greg Maddux
Mr. Maddux has notched 16 Gold Gloves, which is more than the 1st and 2nd basemen winners combined and tied for the most all-time by any position player (with Brooks Robinson and Jim Kaat).
Catcher: Johnny Bench
2nd Base: Joe Morgan
Johnny “Not On The” Bench nabbed himself 10 Gold Gloves, all while playing 16 years for the Reds. I love to see franchise players. (And yes, I’ll go flog myself for that Bermanism.) Also, it blows my mind that pudgy word-salad Joe Morgan was once an awesome baseball player, but he did collect 5 GGs.
1st Base: Wes Parker
Wes collected his Gold Gloves with the Dodgers, winning every year from 1967 to 1972. He’s the only eligible All-Gold Glove Team member who is not in the Hall of Fame.
3rd Base: Brooks Robinson
He was nicknamed The Human Vacuum Cleaner. Heh. Thatswhatshesaid. He had 16 Gold Gloves.
The look of child-like glee on his face in this picture is outstanding.
Shortstop: The Wizard of Oz
I can’t say enough about him. It could take hours. But he’s the reason I got into baseball. 13 Gold Gloves.
Outfield: Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and Ken Griffey Jr.
This summer, Mays (12 GGs) received an honorary Ph.D from Dartmouth. Huh. Griffey is adorable and fragile (10). And what can I say about Clemente (12)? He died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. They never found his body. What a tragedy.
Humanitarian and ridiculously handsome. Thanks, Roberto.
I’m also giving a little love to each runner-up. Bob Gibson, Pudge Rodriguez, Don Mattingly, Roberto Alomar, Mike Schmidt, Derek Jeter, and Jim Edmonds. Way to go, guys.
Gibby, Pudge and a smokin’ Donny Baseball.
(LaRussa has obviously taught Pudge some tricks.)
Alomar, Schmidt and an awesome dive by Jeter.
And finally, using the Jim Edmonds picture as a segue…..Retro 70s Night at Petco Park. Possibly the greatest set of pictures I’ve EVER SEEN. Thanks to Tim Stoops for the pics.
That is the scrappiest mustache ever.
Hmmmmm……yep, still hot.
How you doin?
And my personal favorite: