There has not been a lot to cheer about for the 2012 Colorado Rockies. Injuries, an unresponsive pitching staff, front office strife and a managerial resignation conspired to put the Rockies in dead last place in the NL West with a 64-98 record.
As the team searched for a new manager to replace Jim Tracy, they know that left field is secure both offensively and defensively. All-Star left fielder Carlos Gonzalez won his second Gold Glove.
His award may have been earned more on reputation rather than his actual achievements for the season. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, he was fifth among left fielders in outfield assists in 2012. But since 2010 he has the most assists from left field. Perhaps fewer runners are testing his arm now.
In terms of statistical analysis, Gonzalez falls short of Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun. The 2011 NL MVP is ahead of Gonzalez in terms of fewer errors, better fielding percentage, UZR and other complex metrics.
But perhaps Braun is still paying, unfairly or not, for his PED controversies. How that would affect his Gold Glove standing is unclear. However,Gold Glove voting often defies logic. Remember how Rafael Palmeiro won in 1999 despite playing fewer than 30 games in the field?
Either way, the man known as CarGo is the recipient. And his Gold Glove might be the highlight of a forgettable year in Coors Field but represent hope for better days ahead.