The crime rate just went up in St. Louis. The Gold Glove was taken away from Yadier Molina and given to Brad Ausmus. Are you kidding me? Yadier’s .216 batting average was ok BECAUSE he is such a STUD behind the dish. He is second to none. I have to say, that when I heard that Brad Ausmus had won the award, i was more surprised than the many baserunners that were caught napping too far from 1st base this year and subsequently plucked out with precision. I will give credit where credit is due, and yes, it is true that Brad only had 2 errors all season long, and one passed ball, but it is easy to not have passed balls when you have Clemens, Pettitte, and Oswalt throwing to you. Yadier had to deal with Sidney Ponson, Jason Marquis, and a bullpen that wasnt always at the top of their game. When I look at catchers I look at their ability to call pitches, set up correctly, fire to 2nd quickly, make the out on a play at home, and be the leader on the field. I mean, the Astros were considering not even bringing Ausmus back this past year, until Clemens said he would only come back if Ausmus was his catcher. Anyway, I am convinced that his Batting Average hurt him, even though it isnt supposed to be considered in determining the best defensive player at each position. He will be ok offensively, so don’t worry Cardinal Nation. Look what he did in the post-season. Look what he did in 2005 (.252). I am just at a loss of words. He has picked up the high caliber expected of Cardinals catchers right where Mike Matheny left off. And I hope he is our back-stop for years to come. Yadier you are the Gold Glove award winner in my opinion. The good news is that Brad Ausmus will be walking with a cane to come and watch you play soon, he is over the hill.
So there you have it. Agree? Disagree? Let me hear from you out there…..