Carlos Correa doesn’t believe that Yankees’ great Derek Jeter deserves any of the Gold Gloves he won.
The Houston Astros were blessed with the best defender in the American League in 2021 with Carlos Correa at shortstop. The 27-year-old picked up a Gold Glove and the AL Platinum Glove, while sporting 21 Defensive Runs Saved.
With a new contract on the horizon, Correa has been open about his knowledge on advanced metrics, which he flashed in press conferences this past season in Houston. The right-hander looked more at expected statistics rather than a dying statistic like batting average.
The New York Yankees have been identified a possible landing spot for Correa this offseason, but that hasn’t stopped him from pointing out the obvious with one of the franchise’s all-time greats.
"“Derek Jeter didn’t deserve any [of the Golden Gloves he won],” Correa said on Me Gustan Los Deportes podcast."
In terms of advanced metrics for fielding, DRS is one of the best tools when identifying the best fielders in the game. The statistic is fairly new with the advancement of FanGraphs, but it does go back a few years into the early 2000s.
Derek Jeter won five Gold Gloves in his career, during those five season, the Hall of Famer had only one season with a positive DRS.
Jeter has made some of the most memorable plays in Major League Baseball history when diving into the stands or being at the right place at the right time against the Oakland A’s, but that doesn’t mean he was ever an elite defender.
Correa has been in the league since 2015, and since then, he hasn’t had one season with a negative DRS. Jeter has 13 seasons recorded with advanced fielding on FanGraphs, and only two of those seasons he had a DRS greater than zero.