The Tampa Bay Rays pride themselves on their defense and over the course of the 162 game season we marveled at the range, the consistency, and the decision making process of the Rays infielders.
Post-season awards are nothing to get too outraged over and the gold glove award has come a long way since Rafael Palmeiro won one playing in only 28 games at the position in 1999 (128 games at DH).
I am left to wonder how much personality played into two of the awards. Did coaches/managers hold Yunel Escobar’s flashy personality against him? On the other end of the spectrum did James Loney’s cold exterior and quiet personality rub some the wrong way?
Who knows whether or not personality of either Loney or Escobar played a role in their not receiving a gold glove but I’m finding it difficult to rationalize other reasons why they weren’t rewarded.