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A's Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win second career AL Gold Glove awards

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A's Matt Chapman, Matt Olson win second career AL Gold Glove awards

For the second straight year, the A's corner infielders are golden.

Oakland first baseman Matt Olson and third baseman Matt Chapman each won their second career Gold Glove Award on Sunday.

Shortstop Marcus Semien and left fielder Robbie Grossman came up short in their bid for their first career honors. Cleveland's Francisco Lindor won the AL Gold Glove at shortstop, while Kansas City's Alex Gordon took home the Gold Glove for AL left fielders.

Chapman, 26, led the AL with a 13.0 SABR Defensive Index ranking, trailing only Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed for the major league lead. Chapman led the majors with a 14.8 ultimate zone rating, and his 18 defensive runs saved topped all third basemen. The reigning AL Platinum Glove Award winner also led AL third basemen in fielding percentage (.981) and zone rating (.834).

Olson led major league first basemen with 13 defensive runs saved and a 6.6 ultimate zone rating, despite missing 34 games with a hand injury. The 25-year-old also led AL first basemen in putouts and assists. Olson's 5.8 SABR Defensive Index ranking topped major league first basemen.

Semien, 29, led AL shortstops with a .981 fielding percentage, along with 436 assists and 85 double plays. He also ranked second with 186 putouts and a 7.8 SABR Defensive Index ranking. Semien started all 162 games at shortstop.

Grossman played 129 games without committing a single error. The 30-year-old led AL left fielders with a 5.8 SABR Defensive Index ranking and was sixth among AL outfielders with a 3.9 ultimate zone rating.

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This marks just the fifth time the A's have had multiple Gold Glove Award winners in the same season. Chapman and Olson become the fourth and fifth A's to win back-to-back Gold Gloves, joining Joe Rudi, Dwayne Murphy, and Eric Chavez.

What A's Chad Pinder recalls watching Sean Manaea no-hitter from outfield

What A's Chad Pinder recalls watching Sean Manaea no-hitter from outfield

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Sean Manaea's no-hitter Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

Sean Manaea’s no-hitter against the Red Sox in 2018 was complete with a shaving cream/Gatorade bath, and an infectious smile.

For A's outfielder Chad Pinder, it was a moment that was extra special. Not just because of the opponent -- the mighty Red Sox -- but also because of what he saw from Manaea himself.

“I think everyone in the (Red Sox's) lineup was hitting .340 at the time," Pinder told NBC Sports California’s Brodie Brazil on Wednesday. "I remember they hadn’t lost many, and they were the team to beat, and they came in hot -- and I just remember Sean being lights out."

“I can obviously remember the last play with Marcus [Semien] the six-four to Jed [Lowrie], and you get to a certain point in the game and you’re like 'All right, let’s just -- everything is focused on defense, we’re up 3-0, let’s just get back out on defense and get the job done, get to the ninth inning.'"

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A’s manager Bob Melvin, despite Manaea’s laid back demeanor throughout the entire process, wouldn’t make eye contact with the pitcher from the sixth inning on. Pinder also knew the superstitions behind a you-know-what.

“You don’t say a word, you don’t put it out there, you kind of let it be what it is, and I can remember that last out kind of being like a sigh of relief like ‘All right, he did it.’”

Ten strikeouts and nine innings later, he sure did. 

What stood out to Dallas Braden from Sean Manaea's no-hitter in 2018

What stood out to Dallas Braden from Sean Manaea's no-hitter in 2018

Programming note: Watch the re-air of Sean Manaea's no-hitter Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. on NBC Sports California.

Sean Manaea’s usual demeanor has him relaxed and calm -- a go-with-the-flow type of guy.

That was no different than how the A’s starter was acting in the dugout on April 21, 2018. But you see, Manaea was in the midst of throwing a no-hitter against the Red Sox. Some even say they saw him snacking on something while the Boston bats did their best trying to muster up any offensive action against him.

They failed.

Former A’s pitcher turned analyst Dallas Braden was waiting for Manaea after his outing to give the postgame interview -- after the shaving cream/Gatorade/bubble gum shower, of course.

Braden had thrown the team’s previous no-hitter in 2010 with his perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays. But he went about it a different way.

"Absolute psycho," Dallas Braden laughed as he told NBC Sports California about how Manaea was acting in the midst of his no-no.

"Sean and I have had some great conversations, had some great exchanges just about the different ways we go about things,” Braden said.

“I do get to see him on a daily basis go about his routine, and him and I have talked in length just about preparation -- and so it's funny because you can watch him go out there and spin the gem that he did against the Red Sox in '18.”

“And you know every moment in between innings was spent, probably laughing about something, talking about something non-baseball related, and that's just how damn good he is,” Braden added.

After the game, Bob Melvin spoke to reporters saying he refused to make eye contact with Manaea each time he would come in from throwing a frame -- at least since the sixth inning.

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That’s when it became real. 

Manaea made history, of course, but the way he went about it was something only he could do. The fun-loving, carefree way he carried himself through it all while fanning 10 Sox hitters is something that might be more memorable than perhaps the feat itself. 

We get to relive that masterpiece on Wednesday night.