That part about how everyone is optimistic in spring training is just about every part of this piece.
I noticed the reference to the Fielding Bible awards, and I completely agree that they’re better than the Gold Gloves for evaluating fielders. Hunter Pence’s throwing motion looks funny to me, like he’s short-arming a basketball shot. However, you get two points if your shot goes in, no matter how you looked when it left your hand. And you get a baserunner kill if your throw gets to third base before the runner does.