2010 Rawlings/Coaches Central Region Gold Glove Teams

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The 2010 Rawlings/American Baseball Coaches Association Gold Glove Teams were announced today.  They named First and Second Teams for the Central Region.  The Northern Sun Conference got 6 of the 9 First Team members including Blake Schwartz who was earlier named Daktronics Central Region Pitcher of the Year.  He was joined by teammates Matt Odegaard (1B) and Danny Miller (OF).  Wayne State’s John Plasha Jr. (C), Augustana’s Deryk Marks (3B) and NSIC Freshman of the Year from St. Cloud State, Jordan Smith (OF) were also named to the First Team.

Only a pair of NSIC players made the 2nd Team – Tyler Erickson (SS) and Will Dahlgren (OF) both of Minnesota Duluth.

The Rawlings/ABCA Central Region First and Second Team was also announced yesterday and can be found here – Rawlings/ABCA 2010 Central Region Awards

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9 Responses to “2010 Rawlings/Coaches Central Region Gold Glove Teams”


  1. 1 John Plasha Sr. May 14, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    At last, respect for the leather! Remember “Offense sells tickets – Defense wins games”

  2. 2 Warrior Fanatic May 15, 2010 at 10:46 am

    As a completely biased WSU fan, I can’t help but wonder how Jamie Soyk was over-looked as a Gold Glove winner for both the NSIC Conference and the Region. It seems to me that when evaluating a catcher defensively, runners thrown out stealing and passed balls would be the two biggest statistical categories to consider. Soyk threw out 40% of runners attempting to steal, and he has a reputation around the league as a catcher not to run on as only 30 attempts were made all season. Additionally, he picked off 10 runners on base this season. Soyk also allowed only 1 passed ball all season, playing in 46 of 52 games. Taking nothing away from the great season Mr. Plasha had at WSC, his numbers (15% of runners thrown out attempting to steal and 9 passed balls) were nowhere near as impressive as Soyk’s defensively.

    • 3 John Plasha Sr. May 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

      As a completly biased WSC fan and the father of the young Mr. Plasha you refered to in the above post, let me try and shed a little light on the Gold Glove Award. As per the offical Rawlings Gold Glove web site it states that the award is given for “Defensive Excellence”. It is voted on by the coaches with in their own league who cannot vote for anyone on their own team. Not once does it mention that the award should be based on “Stats”. But I might add, if it were, you cannot just pick out the ones you want. Let’s start off with “Chances”. Your guy only had 257 my guy had 291. Next up are “Errors”. Your guy had 2 my guy only had 1. Those 2 catagories make up “Fielding %. Your guy’s was .992. My guy’s was .997. Next up are “Passed Balls”. I have to say I was amased to discover how many official scorers at the colligate level don’t know the differance between this and a “Wild Pitch”. I’ve never been one to complain to a coach or scorer about an incorrect stat but I personally saw 4 of the 9 Jr. had and they were WP’s that were scored incorectly. On the other hand I’ll bet the 1 PB your guy had may have had a couple of WP’s mixed in there. Further proof that the award isn’t based on stats alone would be the winner of the National Gold Glove award last year from Lynn University in Florida. A young man named Kyle Holloway won the award as the best defensive catcher in the country while having 5 errors, 5 passed balls, and a .986 fielding persentage. My guy’s numbers were better. And last but not least you bring up steals. Even a novist baseball junkie like myself knows that a very good # of bases are stolen on the pitcher. Last year Jr. led the NSIC in throwing runners out with 16. He only had 9 this year but his arm is stronger than ever.

      Please don’t take what I’ve posted here as a knock on young Mr. Soyk. I watched him play 4 games earlier this year in the Metrodome and I remember remarking to Mrs. Sr. about what a good catcher Winona had. But as I’ve tried to convey here the award is based on many qualities and the coaches in the NSIC and The Central Region have named Jr. as the best. And in case you can’t tell by now I’m damn proud of it! is

      • 4 John Plasha Sr. May 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

        Just wanted to mention a few other things good defensive catchers can do. Framing borderline balls/strikes to help out his pitcher definatly comes to mind. Taking charge of the game and controlling the tempo is another. I’ve seen Jr. settle down more that one rattled hurler. Throw in a little PR work with the man in blue behind the plate and some of those plays that could go either way may fall on your side of the fence. The list goes on and on.

  3. 5 John Plasha Sr. May 16, 2010 at 10:07 am

    And another thing great defensive catchers do that they don’t have a stat for is “Blocking Wild Pitches”. Don’t take it from me but one of our fellow posters “Dave” posted previously that after viewing every team in the league, that kid from Wayne does it the best!

  4. 6 Warrior Fanatic May 16, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    That is all very valid, but my one question for you is how do you determine “Defensive Excellence” without the help of “Stats?” As the award is voted on by coaches who have not seen every catcher in the conference play their team, why would those stats not take precedent over anything else when voting? The differences in errors, chances and fielding percentages are so miniscule between these two guys it makes sense to move to how they control the running game. Regardless of how many runners each threw out last year, this years stats are what should be considered. Given the same number of opportunities, Soyk would have thrown out 24 runners based on percentages. Maybe some of those steals can be attributed to pitchers lack of holding runners, but there is still a noticable discrepancy. I am certainly not trying to say through out all of this that Mr. Plasha was not deserving of the award. I am just trying to give Mr. Soyk recognition for the fantastic defensive season he had for the Warriors.

  5. 7 John Plasha Sr. May 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I agree you need stats in determining the award but my point is that you need to look at them all not just pull out the 2 you want. That’s been my biggest gripe for years. Most if not all 1st and 2ed team awards anywhere are based on Offensive stats alone. Think about it. The kid spends 1/2 of the game playing Defense but the awards are given to what they do in 3 or 4 at bats each game. Just about all of the NSIC (or any conferance for that matter) 1st and 2ed Team awards have kids that are hitting above .350 and more than a few over .400. As far as I’m concerened the award should be called The Best Hitting 1st Baseman or The Best Hitting SS ect ect. We are making progress though as last year we didn’t even have a GG team.

    As far as getting My Soyk recognition for his fantastic season, for what it’s worth, tell him the GG Catchers dad commented about what a good catcher he was back in the Metrodome. I do know my catchers as I’ve been watching them for 16 years.

  6. 8 WINONA FAN May 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    a defensive catcher needs to do two main physical things. 1: Receive the ball, which includes blocking pitches,and minimizing passed balls. 2: control the running game which includes throwing out basestealers, making regular fielding plays, and keep runners tight to the bases. Some things are measureable by statisics and some are not. I agree that some stats are deceiving. wild pitch or passed ball? sometimes you may as well flip a coin. However 9-1 is quite a difference. At the very least, it would suggest Mr Soyks receiving skills are every bit as good as Mr Plasha. BTW, the number of errors between the two of them is outstanding. Now,comparing the throwing part of the game between the two of them appears to be a slam dunk for Mr. Soyk. 10 pickoffs is outstanding. And how big a lead do you thing players were taking after that. And only thirty steal attemps against Soyk would indicate the respect that he has from opposing coaches. (apparently only in the field and not for post season awards.) I do not think that 51 sucessfull steals with only nine runners thrown out is very good. Sorry, but a 15% success rate is poor. Soyk threw out three more runners with 30 less attempts. Give me the catcher who can recieve and throw. If im picking a team I know which one of the two I would choose first. Not to take anything away from Mr. Plasha. His high fielding % is a stat that does not lie. He is a good receiver. But throwing is a part of defense and Mr. Soyk proved himself better.

  7. 9 John Plasha Sr. May 17, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    This will be my last post on this matter because I don’t want to come across as putting Mr. Soyk down in any way. He appears to be a very talented catcher. I wish him luck in the future. But in parting I will say one last thing. It is in your eyes that this young man “Proved himself better” but in the eyes of the majority of 13 coaches in the NSIC and 8 more in the RMAC the kid from Wayne is the best in the region on the defensive side of the field. Good luck next year.


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