gold-glove-awards

The Rawlings Gold Glove Awards are awarded to honour the best defensive players in Major League Baseball, with the first awards being given out in 1957. Three players are nominated for each position with one player from each of the American and National Leagues winning an award.

The awards are voted for by a combination of managers and coaches from each league – who are not allowed to vote for their own players – with an additional sabermetric component making up about 25% of the vote. The winners are already known to the MLB having been decided before post-season and will be announced on November 8.

The 2016 finalists include four each from World Series champions Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers while no less than six other teams have three finalists apiece. Twelve of 2015’s winners have been nominated this year including four-time Platinum Glove winner Yadier Molina of the St Louis Cardinals. Should Molina win the Gold Glove this year it will give him his ninth consecutive award, putting him one shy of the MLB record for catchers held by Ivan Rodriguez and Johnny Bench.

American League Nominees

Leading the way in the American League are the Detroit Tigers, who have four nominations. Their leading battery of pitcher Justin Verlander and James McCann are joined by infield duo second baseman Ian Kinsler and shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox have three nominations each with second baseman Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox up for his fifth career Gold Glove. Texas Rangers have two nominations including third baseman Adrian Beltre who is also in line for his fifth career Golden Glove.

Kansas City Royals boast three former winners in the nominations with left fielder Alex Gordon up for his fifth award while catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer have three previous Gold Gloves each.

Other previous winners who feature from the American League are second baseman Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners; shortstop Andrelton Simmons of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim; third basemen Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles and Kyle Seager of the Mariners; and Kevin Kiermayer of the Tampa Bay Rays.

National League Nominees

Unsurprisingly after winning the World Series the Cubs have four nominees – of whom only right fielder Jason Heyward has any previous awards with three. First baseman Anthony Rizzo, shortstop Addison Russell and pitcher Jake Arrieta make up the World Series Champions’ complement with their first nomination each.

The Colorado Rockies complement of three nominees includes third baseman Nolan Arenaldo who is up for his fourth straight Gold Glove award which would be a record for a third baseman in their first four MLB seasons. He is joined by second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

The National League West is well represented, with the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants also boasting three nominees. D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and pitcher Zack Greinke are both up for their third awards and are joined in the nominations by Jean Segura. Only Brandon Crawford of the Giants has a previous Gold Glove of their trio, with Buster Posey and Joe Panik both looking for their first.

Only four other nominees in the National League have previous awards – left fielders Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Christian Yelich of the Florida Marlins; right fielder Nick Markakis of the Atlanta Braves and pitcher Adam Wainwright of the St Louis Cardinals.

Full list of nominees

AMERICAN LEAGUE

PITCHER

R.A. Dickey, Blue Jays
Dallas Keuchel, Astros
Justin Verlander, Tigers

CATCHER

James McCann, Tigers
Carlos Perez, Angels
Salvador Perez, Royals

FIRST BASE

Chris Davis, Orioles
Eric Hosmer, Royals
Mitch Moreland, Rangers

SECOND BASE

Robinson Cano, Mariners
Ian Kinsler, Tigers
Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox

THIRD BASE

Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Manny Machado, Orioles
Kyle Seager, Mariners

SHORTSTOP

Jose Iglesias, Tigers
Francisco Lindor, Indians
Andrelton Simmons, Angels

LEFT FIELD

Brett Gardner, Yankees
Alex Gordon, Royals
Colby Rasmus, Astros

CENTER FIELD

Jackie Bradley Jr., Red Sox
Kevin Pillar, Blue Jays
Kevin Kiermaier, Rays

RIGHT FIELD

Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Adam Eaton, White Sox
George Springer, Astros

NATIONAL LEAGUE

PITCHER

Jake Arrieta, Cubs
Zack Greinke, D-backs
Adam Wainwright, Cardinals

CATCHER

Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers (traded to Rangers on Aug. 1)
Yadier Molina, Cardinals
Buster Posey, Giants

FIRST BASE

Paul Goldschmidt, D-backs
Wil Myers, Padres
Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

SECOND BASE

DJ LeMahieu, Rockies
Joe Panik, Giants
Jean Segura, D-backs

THIRD BASE

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Anthony Rendon, Nationals
Justin Turner, Dodgers

SHORTSTOP

Brandon Crawford, Giants
Freddy Galvis, Phillies
Addison Russell, Cubs

LEFT FIELD

Adam Duvall, Reds
Starling Marte, Pirates
Christian Yelich, Marlins

CENTER FIELD

Billy Hamilton, Reds
Odubel Herrera, Phillies
Ender Inciarte, Braves

RIGHT FIELD

Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Jason Heyward, Cubs
Nick Markakis, Braves

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