Shakespeare Was Also Referring to Baseball’s End of Season Awards | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

We'd like to go to the Playoffs, that would be cool.

From Macbeth, Act V, Scene 5.

It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

Perhaps some pluralization is slightly off, but I’ll chalk that up to the Bard’s most clever manipulation of the English language.

Over the next two weeks, MLB will release it’s end of season awards. Today, the first of those awards, the AL Gold Glove, was released. To see the winners, check out the front page of Baseball-Reference. Yes, Derek Jeter actually won the gold glove award at shortstop.

These awards are full of sound and fury, whether they’re from the voters themselves (for the Gold Glove, it’s a group of managers and coaches; for the others, it’s the Baseball Writers Association of America) or from the fans complaining about them. They are clearly told by an idiot (in terms of baseball acumen), as evidenced by the MVP award won by Ryan Howard or all five of Jeter’s Gold Gloves. And really, when it comes down to it, they mean nothing. Baseball fans only complain because of the visibility of the awards, which effectively increases the visibility of these awards (which I am apparently contributing to at this very moment), creating a vicious cycle.

Enough ink (pixels?) will be spilled at various spaces that it’s not worth my time to complain about these awards. Some of the choices make it difficult for us to treat the awards as they should be treated – as a celebration of fantastic seasons from the year just completed. But in the big scheme of things, I think we’ll all get over it quickly enough.

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