Originally Posted by Ltlabner
I would suggest that a tweaked hammy, serrious health issues with his child and being surrounded by a "culture of crappyness" might be worth considering as possible reasons for increased errors by Gonzo before just laying out the tired old "the ragime is mean to Edwin" song.
Agree strongly. Early in his career Gonzalez had some high error years. Since 2003, his error totals have been 16, 16, 16, and 7. 2003 and 2004, with Florida, were full years. The last two were less than full seasons, but a substantial number of games (111 last year).
You can criticize his range, whatever, but this guy is a proven, veteran low-error shortstop. Gonzo has been the shortstop on championship teams and contending teams. He is still pretty young -- I just don't buy that suddenly he is no good.
Why has he had defensive problems this year? I don't know except that it may be hard for some players to keep their edge when playing for an awful team -- particularly one that won't change managers, won't make major personnel changes, and does indeed now have a "culture of losing."
I am glad the Reds signed Gonzo and, if this team ever does take the steps needed to win, I think he can be a part of it.