Thursday, August 23, 2007

All-time gold glovers

Rawlings recently released its All-Time Gold Glove team.

Only one active player -- Ken Griffey Jr. -- was on the squad and that's not surprising.

Just like many other sports, baseball fundamentals have declined with each passing generation. Yes, guys like Griffey and Andruw Jones and Jim Edmonds make highlight-reel grabs seem routine, but how many times do you see big leaguers bobble or boot routine balls?

Just like I thought, more than you used to.

This is not meant to put a damper on the celebration of the game's greatest glovemen, especially players like Brooks Robinson and Johnny Bench. Instead, it's another reminder of how sports in general are allowing flash to become more important than fundamentals.


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