Houston Heat Favorite: Adam Everett
Yahoo Sports Photo/AP Photo David J. Phillip — Adam Everett Literally Sweeping the Cardinals after completing a double play.
One of the first things we wanted to do was give "props" to our team’s unsung heroes, and Adam Everett tops our list.
His batting average seems to get lots of notice. Makes you wonder if people forget that half of the game is played with a bat in your hand, the other half with a glove on it.
We’re not sure anyone is better with a glove on his hand right now (but we do admit to not being objective.) He’s so much fun to watch in the infield, I’m not sure how anyone could complain about his batting average. I didn’t have time to research, but I remember he had several hits during the last 10 games. I remember one in the 9th with 2 outs against Atlanta, but he was unfortunately left on base.
Hopefully he’ll get the credit he’s due outside of Houston soon, with a Golden Glove. He was in the top 5 of NL shortstops for fielding percentage, range factor, double plays and errors. No other NL shortstop ranked in the top 5 in those categories. (Stats – mlb.com — for NL SS with more than 500 innings played:)
- Errors — 7 (3rd)
- Double Plays — 105 (3rd)
- Range Factor — 4.74 (4th)
- Fielding Percentage — .990 (2nd)
The NL shortstop Golden Glove went to Omar Vizquel (San Fran) in 2005 (his 10th). This year Omar finished in the top 5 in only two of the above categories. His 2005 winning stats were:
- Errors — 8
- Double Plays — 81
- Range Factor — 4.6
- Fielding Percentage — .988
The 2005 AL shortstop Golden Glove went to Derek Jeter (NYY). His stats were:
- Errors — 15
- Double Plays — 96
- Range Factor — 4.76
- Fielding Percentage of .975
Clearly, Adam’s numbers are deserving on their own, but watching him play clinches it.
I think the awards are coming out at the end of October. Cross your fingers for our Houston favorite to come home with it.
Thanks Adam — It was sure fun to watch this year.