TTO has done more to hurt defense than Daniel Murphy ever could on his worst day. That’s short for Three True Outcomes, also known as walks, strikeouts and home runs.
In the 2019 season, 35 percent of all plate appearances ended in one of the three, a recent trend that meant even fewer balls in the field of play, which meant fewer chances for a highlight-reel play that could make the hairs on our arms stand at attention. For true seamheads, this was absolutely rotten news.
So before defense becomes extinct altogether and it's too late, let’s pay homage to the best glovemen at each position in baseball history. Remember, kids, head up and glove down.
Note: The criteria was a combination of Gold Glove Awards (since 1957), metrics such as Defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR), Total Zone Runs (an estimate of runs saved in the field) and Range Factor per nine innings with an assist from YouTube on occasion.