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The decade's forgotten glove masters

Sure, he has 'The Catch,' but Endy Chavez and others deserve more glove love

Originally Published: December 21, 2009
By Tom Tango | Inside The Book and special to ESPN Insider
Getty ImagesDespite this, people ignore Endy's prowess as a fielder -- because of his lack of a stick. Odd, no?

Much like they did last week (here's an example), this week on ESPN.com writers and editors will also be looking back at the past decade in baseball -- and looking ahead to the future. Today, Tom Tango of the blog Inside the Book identifies some great glove men who have been ignored because of their meager bat power.

Endy Chavez is a great outfielder by pretty much every measure.

For starters, he has The Catch. Then there are the fans, who rate him as a great fielder. Additionally, his career UZR (ultimate zone rating) is +52 runs, which is more impressive when you consider that it was accomplished in the equivalent of four full seasons. And, of course, my own metric, WOWY (With Or Without You, a measure of how his pitchers do when he's on the field and not on the field), has the 31-year-old Mariner at 90 plays above average for his career.


While you wouldn't know it from the Gold Glove voting, sometimes the best fielders aren't the best hitters. Tom Tango explains why, and identifies some great glove men who deserve a little more credit. To find out who they are, you must be an ESPN Insider.