Rawlings has announced ‘finalists’ for the Gold Glove Award. The winners will be announced November 4. All voting has already been done, before the playoffs.
There are three Yankees in the running — Aaron Judge for right field, Brett Gardner for left field, and Masahiro Tanaka for pitcher. Below are the finalists, with the number of Gold Gloves they’ve won previously in (parenthesis).
Tanaka is terrific in the field. He’s never won a glove. Here’s the breakdown:
- Tanaka: 39 chances, 14 putouts, 24 assists, 1 error, and 4 double plays.
- Keuchel: 41 chances, 14 putouts, 27 assists, 0 error, and 1 double play.
- Kluber: 32 chances, 19 putouts, 13 assists, 0 errors, and 0 double plays.
If I remember correctly, Tanaka’s error came when he threw to 2nd base to try and start a double play. He turned a double play on the next play, ironically. From the above stats, it appears Tanaka is the most aggressive fielder of the three — turning 4 double plays to Keuchel’s 1, and Kluber’s 0. Kluber with less chances and half the assists of the other two but more putouts (running to first to get the runner).
If Kluber drops out of it due to his significantly lower assists, then it comes down to Keuchel and Tanaka and Keuchel has 0 errors; Tanaka 1. That error may have cost Tanaka the Gold Glove.
Gary Sanchez did not make the finalists. This was expected.
35-year old Robinson Cano did not make the short list. He made 10 errors for a .983 fielding percentage. Veteran Ian Kinsler whom the Red Sox picked up for insurance at 2nd, is a finalist. Red Sox had that kind of year.
Didi Gregorius could have easily been in this top 3. It’s a tough field.
Miguel Andujar did not make the list. This was expected.
Gardner with another fine year in left.
That is some set of right fielders! Betts probably gets it but Calhoun is phenomenal and Judge is terrific. Judge missed a month and a half so I don’t see him getting the glove this year.
Not a single Met made the finalists.