Twitter Poll: Is Desmond ROY candidate?
On Monday, I asked my Twitter followers the following question: Should Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond be considered a Rookie of the Year candidate in 2010? Yes or No. Why?
Seventeen followers said no because Desmond has made 31 errors this season, while 13 others believe he should considered a Rookie of the Year candidate. Here is what the followers had to say.
@CDublin: No, only because the National League is so stacked with rookies this year. Plus, Desmond has way too many errors.
@Sultan_of_Stat: Yes to being considered, he’s had a great rookie season. His defensive growing pains will keep him from winning though.
@bart__davis: He will get well deserved votes, but too many errors. Great young player.
@seanhoganVT: No. Desmond is having a decent year, but he’s nowhere near the level of Buster Posey or Jason Heyward.
@UnkleWheez: Yes. His batting average is sixth best among NL shortstops and he plays good defense. The errors hurt but they are “good” errors.
@thebrowncoat: No. Defense, Defense, Defense hasn’t been good enough.
@junebugskippin: He should be considered but will ultimately lose to Cubs SS Starlin Castro
@BYSchwartz: Danny Espinosa should be a candidate
@SodaPop6548: Heck yes! Ian Desmond has been great at the plate and his D has been getting a lot better. Desi is going to be an All Star!
@kalamazooapples: Desmond a candidate? Maybe, but I wouldn’t vote for him over Starlin Castro of the Cubs. And, I truly don’t like the Cubs.
@tbridge: With 31 E’s, so far, I’d say no. Plus batting numbers.
@Evolution33: No. Any other year and yes, but this has been beyond an excellent year for rookies.
@R1cketyCr1cket: A candidate? Sure, assuming you need one from every team like the All Star game. Should he win? Of course not.
@jcj5y: If he finishes strong, I’d vote him fourth or fifth. Posey should win.
@gregyoung3: Simply for the reason that he’s leading the league in errors and there are much better candidates out there.
@bobbyoler: No. Thirty-one errors, don’t care how much potential you have, that’s egregious. Danny Espinosa may be in the running next year though.
@LPags03: How many errors does he have? Definitely not rookie candidate to me. I think he’ll have a solid career, but first season has been rocky.
@misschatter: I agree with @LPags03 — too many errors.
@mikekruger: Considered? Sure. Win? No way. Too many errors.
@rickyh17: Yes. His errors are hard to ignore but his many good defensive plays and offensive impact, especially of late, is also hard to ignore.
@HendoDC: No. He’ll be a good defender some year, but this year isn’t the case. Heyward would be my first choice with Posey second.
@AlanClaffie: Desmond needs way better defense to earn any semi-serious accolades, so no ROTY vote from me.
@Jeffrey_Bergin: Absolutely. His production with RISP and the fact he has played a demanding position all season. He won’t win, but top 5.
@md_schmidt: Yes. Mainly based on results at plate and on base paths. Fielding struggles will keep him from winning ROY, however.
@BuryMeInEngland: Insane idea. He has 31 errors so maybe he can get “most individual errors in a year” award.
@jtshiffman: No. If it was only based on hitting than yes, but he has made too many fielding errors.
@CapitolBaseball: No for Desmond. Despite great second half, just look at the errors. Total disqualifier.
@ind_sports_cubs: Not at all. Have you heard of Starlin Castro?
@szul: Yes. His offensive numbers match up well with any contender. His defense will obviously hurt his contention though.
@MikeHill: YES! He’s an Iron Man.