Ryan Zimmerman is a joy to watch at 3rd base. He’s the sort of guy that old school radio announcers loved to call games around. “Zimmerman at Third like a Razor’s Edge!” “Zimmerman makes the play, leaping on that ball like a mongoose!” He’s a phenomenal athlete, and the core of the Nationals’ young franchise. Unfortunately, he couldn’t repeat his Golden Glove performance of 2009.
This year’s Golden Glove goes to Scott Rolen of the Reds, who had 9 fewer errors in 6 more chances at third base, as well as five more double plays than Zimmerman. While Zim had a great year for the Nationals, and was largely the team’s MVP, it’s hard to ignore the statistics. Sorry Zim, you’ll get it in 2011.