(yes, it's an excuse for me to pick on one of my least favorite players... ) AL gold gloves were announced and not surprisingly, they include a few awful selections. P - Rogers: gold gloves for pitchers are kind of a toss up, but this choice is ok. rogers had the highest # of total chances and only had one error. C - Pudge: this is mostly a reputation award now. molina had an off year and pudge contributed a lot to his team, so i guess this choice is ok. 1B - Erstad: one of the worst choices. delgado and hatteberg had a better year defensively, going by numbers, but both suffered from not being known defensive players. erstad benefitted from being a gold glover already - albeit at OF... it did hurt that two previous winners switched teams during the season, olerud and mientkiewicz 2B - Boone: awful choice. boone had one of the lowest range factors and one of the worst fielding percentages. clearly a "reputation" award. orlando hudson had less errors while making 1.5 more plays per 9 innings. 3B - Chavez: no brainer. he's one of the two best defensive third basemen, the other being, of course, scott rolen. SS - Jeter: (here it goes) awful. plain awful. here's steinbrenner's comment on this: "Derek Jeter is a great, inspired leader and captain" and exactly what do those have to do with defense? jeter's numbers improved quite a bit from the previous year, probably owing to the fact he now has a gold glove SS playing next to him, but it still didn't come near the job tejada did this season. crosby had a superb year as a rookie. OF - Ichiro, Hunter and Wells. ichiro is the best defensive RF, perhaps only guererro coming close. hunter and wells, well, not much debate there - two superb CFs. kotsay and wynn had solid years, but reputations probably gave hunter a little push. wells has been deserving before this year. NL announcements will be made today.