Cody Ross a potential Gold Glover?

Cody Ross takes great pride in his defense and why not, he is very good at it.

Outfield coach Bo Porter noted Ross had a Gold Glove-caliber season. The case could certainly be made. In 145 games, the 28-year-old committed just one error.

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"I take a lot of pride in my defense," Ross said. "I always have -- in the Minor Leagues and the big leagues. I think it's a big part of the game that people overlook.

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One reason Ross didn't receive serious Gold Glove consideration is because he wasn't established at one position. 

Actually, Gold Gloves are not given out to specific positions in the outfield.  Take for example last year's award winners.  All three of them were predominantly center fielders.  And without a doubt, I can make a strong statistical argument about how Cody was a better defender in the outfield than any of the three.  For two of the award winners, I might get some argument, but I could prove my point.  For the other one, Nate McLouth, Cody being better than him defensively would be a lead pipe cinch.

The more Ross played, the more his solid defense showed. If he repeats how he did in the field this season, he should at least be in the discussion for a Gold Glove Award.

"It's an honor when anybody even says Gold Glove in the same sentence with my name," Ross said. "Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to win one. Maybe in the future, I will. Maybe I opened up some eyes last season. I'm not going to worry about that kind of stuff. I'm going to go out there and play and try to help the team win. That kind of stuff takes care of itself, especially if you win."

The problem Cody has going for him is not his defense, he is the best defensive player the Marlins have, it is the fact he is a Marlin.  While it is true it possible to win a Gold Glove as a member of the Marlins, Luis Castillo did it three times and Mike Lowell once.  But all of the Gold Gloves presented to a Marlin were either in a year the team won the World Series or in the years immediately after.

No Marlin has ever won a Gold Glove without the national spotlight being on the team.  Is it fair?  No.  But that is the way it is.  But it doesn't have to stay that way, the team could start promoting the fact that Cody is an excellent defensive outfielder and eventually maybe the voters will listen.  I mean, c'mon, Nate McLouth won the award and the Marlins had a better season than the Pirates.  Surely it can be done.

 

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