Brooks has a very good case for being the best defensive third baseman ever. And of course he's a stand up guy of the highest order. But the idea that he was the best every single year for 16 years is almost certainly wrong, and an artifact of a flawed Gold Glove voting system.
His numbers should be discounted because of an alien offensive context. That doesn't mean his scouting reports aren't legit. But 42 games is 42 games. David Newhan once hit .400 over 42 games. Hurricane Hazle once had a MLB 1.126 OPS in 41 games. Gonzales' 42 games should be treated like anyone else's 42 games.
I disagree. It certainly seems representative when coupled with his other-worldly numbers he posted at NMSU. It is a very strong rebuttal to the claim that his collage numbers should be discounted based solely on geography.