Jimmy Rollins, and not Troy Tulowitzki, won the National League Gold Glove at shortstop. We expected that Tulowitzki wouldn't win, particularly given that the votes were in well in advance of the postseason (and for a lot of coaches, likely before the Rockies' winning run even began). It doesn't really matter, in the grand scheme of things -- anyone who watched the National League playoffs even a little bit knows that Tulowitzki was the best in the circuit, and probably the best in the majors. The biggest difference between the 2006 Rockies and the 2007 edition was a defense that was able to struggle its way into the top third in zone rating at Coors Field, something a lot of stat guys thought might be impossible. Tulowitzki's part in making this come about cannot be understated. What's more, he's the emotional leader of the defending National League champs. I don't begrudge Rollins his award -- but I'm willing to flat-out guarantee that it is the last one he will win, barring a change in leagues.
I'm hearing a lot of talk connecting Alex Rodriguez to the Mets, and here is my question to you -- how do you re-align that infield? Personally I would put Jose Reyes at second, since he's played there before and of the three is certainly the most physically suited to the position. Then I'd leave Wright at third and put A-Rod back at shortstop where he belongs. I suspect, though, that the Mets would try Wright at second, which strikes me as a bad idea -- but then again, if that works, why wouldn't the Rockies' plan to make Ian Stewart a second baseman? This is all Chase Utley's fault, and you know how I feel about him -- the Research Department was theorizing earlier on about a longshot Phillies A-Rod signing, leading to the Greatest Infield of All Time, and I wasn't having any of it. You can take all of Chase Utley's numbers and shove them. If I'm a manager in a must-win game and I need to get Utley out, I have complete confidence that I can get it done. Put A-Rod and Utley in the same lineup and you could set an all-time record for postseason GIDP's.