*Picture from the Boston Globe*
Forget the three errors in one game against Kansas City this past week. Remember, this was the "throw in" the Red Sox had to take in order to complete the Josh Beckett trade: the guy with the dead bat and rumors of steroid use flying all around him. Trust me, Mike Lowell is the best 3B in the American League. Not A Rod, not Joe Crede, not Melvin Mora, and not, contrary to popular opinion, Eric Chavez.
I know what you're thinking: "There goes that Red Sox homer doing it again", but let's look at some numbers, then you can call me an idiot if you want.
Here are Slappy's Fielding Stats from 2003-2006:
2003 8E .989 FP (Playing SS for the Texas Rangers)
2004 13E .965 FP
2005 12E .971 FP
2006 24E .937 FP
Batting Stats for 2006: .290 BA, 166H, 26 2B, 1 3B, 35HR, 121 RBI
Now Chavez from '03-'06
2003 14E .971FP
2004 13E .964FP
2005 15E .966FP
2006 5E .987FP
Batting Stats for 2006: .241 BA, 117 H, 24 2B, 2 3B, 22HR, 72 RBI
Now, let's take a look at Mikey's numbers, shall we?:
2003 9E .973FP
2004 7E .982FP
2005 7E .983FP
2006 6E .987FP
Batting stats for 2006: .284 BA, 163 H, 47 2B, 1 3B, 20HR, 80 RBI
Now, take a guess who has won the Gold Glove Award for 3B in the American League every year since 2001: Chavez. Good ol' Slappy has 2 Gold Gloves, both for SS in 2002 and 2003. Mikey? One. That's right, one. In 2005, he won the National League Gold Glove for 3B.
I included the batting numbers for last year just in case you could make the comparison that offense plays a part. A Rod was head and shoulders above the other 2 in that, but his 24 errors gave him no chance. If you look at the numbers, other than home runs, Mikey beat Chavez in every category. Even the fielding numbers are better for Lowell: Chavez had one less error, but the same FP, which means Lowell had more chances than Chavez.
It's a joke Lowell did not win it last year. Just proves that the voters for these things don't pay any attention: For Pete's sake, Raffy Palmiero won it one year, and he only played like 36 games at first and the rest as DH.
Hopefully, the voters pay attention this year, and maybe Theo will step up with a contract extension.
A guy can hope, right?