At the end of October, MLB announced their finalists for the Golden Glove award. All MLB fans put their faces together to see Juan Soto being named a Finalist of the Golden Glove Award in the field of human rights. Thankfully, he didn’t win the prize. The MLB coaches and managers avoided a big bullet with that, because I don’t know how they could explain the Soto Gold Glove win and keep the integrity of the tournament intact. reward.
However, Soto’s integration is only the beginning, a small part of what is to come. On Thursday, MLB announced receiver its coveted the Silver Slugger Award, which honors the best players in both leagues at every position. All in all, I couldn’t agree more with most of these decisions, but one recipient is a horribly bad decision, I can’t help but complain across my computer screen: The Federation DH Recipient Country, Josh Bell.
If you’ve followed my work before, you know my thoughts on Josh Bell’s 2022 season. While he played brilliantly with the Nationals, he was arguably the worst hitter in baseball after being changed to the San Diego Padres – with teammate Juan Soto. With San Diego, Bell was down 0.192/,316/,271 in 53 games. That’s good for someone with 75 OPS or more, making him 25% worse than an average player with Pads. Not so good for someone who has been named an All-Star.
Despite those dire numbers, Bell still had a solid season overall, hitting a total of 128 plus OPS, his highest since 2019. His 153 plus OPS as a player National Team membership will be the highest of his career if he maintains his pace. However, the first two-thirds of that season didn’t address Bell about his bad last time, or his lack of time as a DH.
Bell doesn’t play as a DH much. In 32 games (31 starts) as a DH in 2022, Bell only accumulated 134 appearances on the disc. Here’s a list of every player in the National League with more time as a DH this year:
- Nelson Cruz
- Daniel Vogelbach
- Luke Voit
- Bryce Harper
- Andrew McCutchen
- Charlie Blackmon
- Marcell Ozuna
- Albert Pujols
- Justin Turner
- Garrett Cooper
- JD Davis
- Contrast Wilson
- Ketel Marte
- Christian Yelich
- tommy la stella
- And a partridge in a damn pear tree
Now, just because these people spend more time in the position doesn’t mean they are better than DHS. Be Honest. So out of all these names, here is the one who also has a better OPS-plus in 2022 than Josh Bell (128):
- Contrast (attached to 128 OPS-plus)
Now, when you look at it that way, Bell’s pick doesn’t look so bad. Sure, Pujols probably deserved more than that. After all, the Machine finished ahead of Bell in home runs, batting average, miss percentage, OPS and OPS-plus. He did all that at 42 years old while obtain 700 career running house. That on its own would constitute a Silver Slugger, but I’ll look further since it’s close. Harper is definitely a better smasher, but he only played in 99 games, so he didn’t get a chance to discuss. So in the end, yes, Bell isn’t a bad choice, is it? Well… until you look at Bell’s stats as a DH.
See, Bell’s 128 OPS-plus were available for the entire season. As a designated hitman, his numbers were much worse, down 0.235/.338./.339, good for 0.677 OPS and 93 OPS-plus. With that in mind, let’s take a look at all the players from the previous two lists who have better OPS-plus as a DH:
among these players (as a DH), Bell has the lowest polish average, third lowest OBP, lowest slip rate, least number of disc appearances, and lowest OPS. Bell was much better at attacking as the first fighter and insulting his team as a DH. Not available why he should be awarded in that position. For a player who played less than a quarter of the game at DH, yet won the award for best player in that position, it was infuriating. There are some better candidates who have played better as their team’s DH and some who have played better overall. When shoved into the final stretch of the season, Bell also disappeared, and although he re-emerged a bit in the post-season, that still doesn’t mean he’s worthy of the hardware.
I can apologize when Soto was selected as a finalist for the Golden Glove Award, because he was eligible but did not win. I cannot excuse this. Bell isn’t the best DH in the National League, not by a long shot, and naming him Silver Slugger was a bad, bad decision.