The MLB Gold Gloves awards are often criticized for their legitimacy. Whether it be Derek Jeter winning in 2010 at 36-years-old or Adam Jones winning in 2012 over Mike Trout, the choice of winners always creates controversy. Some say the award is based too much on reputation and some feel the focus is too much on traditional stats.
For those who complain about the stats part of things, they may enjoy this bit of news. The MLB Network will air a special on Sunday presenting the inaugural Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Awards. The show and award system will go beyond just position-by-position honors and will be analyzed using advanced statistics.
Some of the awards Wilson will hand out are the best defensive player in each league and the best defensive team in all of baseball. They will also go club-by-club naming the best defensive player on each team. This means at least one Nationals player will receive an award. Probably Adam LaRoche? We’ll see.
The Nationals are a fine defensive team as a whole, but it is unlikely they will get recognition as the best in baseball. To use one stat as an example, the Nats were the second worst team in the majors at stolen base percentage (.835). They were top ten in baseball in fielding percentage and errors committed, but several teams rank higher overall.
The special airs Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on MLB Network.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here.
It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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