The Colorado Rockies had two nominees for NL Gold Glove Awards but it wasn’t the two nominees that most people would have guessed.
Heading into the 2020 season, if you were told that the Colorado Rockies would have two nominees for National League Gold Gloves at the end of the season, you likely would have guessed that they would be Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. After all, by both the eye test and the defensive metrics, they were the Rockies best defenders entering the season. But you would have been wrong as it was Arenado and Charlie Blackmon that were nominated, leaving Story out of the Gold Glove nominee picture.
By Defensive Runs Saved, Arenado was the best defender in baseball as he had 15 DRS in just 48 games. His cousin, Josh Fuentes, was actually second on the Rockies with 9 DRS but, by innings at first base and innings played overall, he did not qualify for the award. In second place on the Rockies among qualifiers was Trevor Story, who had 5 DRS.
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However, that number was not good enough to even be nominated for a Gold Glove but the numbers say that he should have been.
If you go strictly by the metrics, particularly Defensive Runs Saved, they say that he shouldn’t win the award and it’s fairly obvious who should win it … but he should definitely be a nominee.
NL Shortstops Ranked by DRS (per FanGraphs)
- Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves, 10 (nominated)
- Javier Baez, Chicago Cubs, 7 (nominated)
- Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies, 5 (not a nominee)
- Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks, 4 (not a nominee)
- Tommy Edman, St. Louis Cardinals, 3 (not a nominee but he didn’t qualify since he only played 93 innings at shortstop)
- Miguel Rojas, Miami Marlins, 2 (final Gold Glove nominee)
Story played nearly 200 more innings at shortstop in 2020 compared to Rojas so he has the longevity factor as well.
Story has been nominated in recent years but has never won it. Some Rockies fans would say that he has been snubbed in that aspect but it’s obvious that he was snubbed in 2020 by not even being nominated.