The Athletics had a trio of Gold Glove finalists in 2021, and two of them managed to come away with hardware as the winners were announced Sunday night. Sean Murphy, Matt Olson and Matt Chapman all were finalists, with Chapman and Murphy managing to come away with the honors.
Chapman, who also previously was a two-time Gold Glove winner, was tied with catcher Sean Murphy for the best defensive Wins Above Replacement (dWAR) on the A's, and wowed fans across baseball time and time again with his remarkable web gems. Chapman was MLB's best third baseman in DEF (11) and ultimate zone rate per 150 games (8.8).
He becomes the fourth A's third baseman to win three or more Gold Gloves.
Murphy, a first-time winner, paced all MLB catchers with a 19.6 Defensive Runs Above Average (DEF) and was one of the league's best at framing pitchers for extra strikes. Murphy was tied for the team lead in dWAR and was tied with Max Stassi for most defensive runs saved among catchers.
Olson, who also was a Gold Glover in 2018 and '19, ended up losing out to Houston Astros star Yuli Gurriel. The 27-year-old continues to solidify himself as one of baseball's best first basemen. Olson led AL first basemen with six defensive runs saved (DRS) and started 152 games at first for the A's.