Sunday, March 9, 2008

Gold Glove? Really?

Ned Yost had been impressed enough with Ryan Braun's defense in left field that he said the following:

"He's got an opportunity one day to win a Gold Glove in left field. He certainly does."
Wow. That's some pretty big talk.

Gary Sheffield made a successful transition from being a natural shortstop to less than stellar third baseman to very talented, albeit underrated outfielder. Bill James points out about Sheffield in "The Bill James Gold Mine 2008":
"His throwing arm is off the charts... quick release, low, flat trajectory on his throws, tremendous power and just phenomenal accuracy.

"He was an outstanding outfielder, ran well, read the ball well, threw outstanding."
Perhaps those same things will be said about Braun one day. It doesn't seem outside the realm of possibility.

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