Oakland Athletics right fielder Josh Reddick was named as a Gold Glove winner for the 2012 season, and while reputation is often the key, metrics back up the pick as well, writes CSN Bay Area's Casey Pratt.
Reddick told Pratt that he takes pride in doing anything necessary to catch balls, and Pratt called it a WWE-like mindset that puts Reddick ahead of the rest.
"It's just that old fashioned balls to the wall thing," Reddick said. "That's one thing that I take pride in. Doing whatever it takes to catch the baseball."
Reddick had 15 outfield assists on the year, a number that was third in the American League and tied him for third most in Oakland history. He led all AL right fielders with a 17.7 UZR, a metric used to calculate defensive range.
A .983 fielding percentage was only third among right fielders in the AL to the Kansas City Royals' Jeff Francouer and the Cleveland Indians Shin-Soo Choo. Reddick had five errors this year, more than either of those Gold Glove candidates.
Yet highlight reels of Reddick mounting fences to steal home runs, and having no regard for his own health while doing so, might have put the A's right fielder ahead.