Colorado Rockies Trio Vying for 2016 Gold Glove Honors
Earlier today, Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc., announced the finalists for the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award, honoring the best individual fielding performances at each position in the American League and National League. Three Colorado Rockies are up for the prestigious National League awards.
Second baseman DJ LeMahieu, third baseman Nolan Arenado and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez were all named as one of three individual finalists at their position. The award originated in 1957, but Rawlings first began highlighting the top three defenders at each position in 2011.
LeMahieu, who won a Gold Glove in 2014, is joined as a finalist by fellow National League West representatives Joe Panik of San Francisco and Jean Segura of Arizona.
Arenado, who has captured three consecutive Gold Gloves, is a finalist along with Washington’s Anthony Rendon and Josh Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Gonzalez, who earned Gold Gloves in 2010, 2012 and 2013, is joined as a finalist by Nick Markakis of Atlanta and Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs.
To see the complete list of American League and National League finalists, please click here.
Winners will be unveiled during a live, one-hour “Baseball Tonight – The 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Announcement Show” on ESPN Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 6 p.m. Mountain time.
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A number of players are vying for the designation as the best defender at their respective positions. The Cubs and Detroit Tigers lead all teams with four finalists each. The longest, active consecutive streak of Rawlings Gold Glove Award wins belongs to St. Louis’ Yadier Molina with eight.
Each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their League, and cannot vote for players from their own team. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index comprised of approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches’ vote continuing to carry the majority.
Following the ESPN announcement telecast, voting for the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award presented by SABR will begin at www.rawlings.com. The general public can vote to weigh in as to who is “The Finest in the Field” in both the American League and National League. Fans can only select one player among the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners from each League.
A combination of the national fan vote and the SABR Defensive Index will determine who takes home the honor of each League’s top defensive player.
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The Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winners will be unveiled during the 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award Ceremony on Friday, November 11, 2016.