Saturday, November 11, 2017

Notes. quotes and comment

Byron Buxton caught some more love for his glove Friday.

The Twins centerfielder was voted the "Platimum Glove" in online fan balloting as baseball's best defensive player; the award is an offshoot of the long-established Gold Gloves, which are voted on by managers and coaches, were named earlier in the week and are sponsored by Rawlings.

Another glove manufacturer sponsors another set of awards. The Wilson Fielding Awards, relatively new, aren't handed out by vote but on the basis of a melange of fielding metrics. Buxton won both the position award in center and the overall defensive player of the year award.

Buxton passes the eye test and the metrics test. Now if he can keep from running his career into the wall, literally.


Doug Mientkiewicz this week was named manager of the Detroit Tigers' Triple A affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens, this week.

The reports said he was highly recommended by the Tigers' new big-league manager, Ron Gardenhire.

This amuses me, because when the Twins traded Mientkiewicz away as a player in July 2004 -- making room for Justin Morneau -- he departed, as I recall, with some verbal shots at Gardenhire, who he claimed mislead him about his playing time with Morneau's arrival.

Apparently there are no grudges held some 13 years later. (Thirteen years! The number of times I am reminded of how old I am ...)

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