Monday, November 07, 2005

Chicago's Golden and Silver Boys

Golden news from the North side, sorry about the delay, the other side is still too loud:

Maddux and Lee picked up Gold Glove Awards on Wednesday, the first time the Chicago Cubs have had multiple winners since Maddux and Mark Grace both won top defensive honors in 1992.

This was Maddux's 15th Gold Glove, second among Major League pitchers to Jim Kaat, who won 16 defensive awards in a row from 1962-77. Maddux had won 13 in a row, and his streak was interrupted in 2003 when Mike Hampton took the honor, determined in voting by Major League managers and coaches.....

Lee is the first Cubs position player to win the award since Grace did so in 1996. Grace won four Gold Gloves with the Cubs from 1992-96.

This was Lee's second Gold Glove and will complement his first National League batting title, which he won with a .335 average. The Cubs first baseman also won the top defensive honor in 2003 with the Florida Marlins.

Lee made six errors in 158 games and finished with a fielding percentage of .996. In 2003, he made five errors in 155 games. In 2004, his first year with the Cubs, Lee also made six errors in 161 games, but was edged in the Gold Glove voting by Todd Helton.

Congrats to Greg Maddux and D Lee on outstanding season in the diamond. Lee has also recieved the Silver Slugger award, awarded to best offensive position player voted on by Major League coaches and Managers, and the Silver Bat award, best batting average in respective league. Michael Barret also recieved the Silver Slugger award for catchers. Too bad he cannot call a game to save his live. Of all the radical paychecks that the tribune company is used to dulling out to busted athletes, here is someone who has earned the money. Quietly leading the National League in batting and fielding at his position. This consistant bat only missed a couple of games this year because of soreness. He made his injuries seem like nothing compared to the cry-baby pitching staff. Seriously Tribune company if you do anything right this off-season give this player more money he has earned it.


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