2019 Gold Glove Award winners announced; Lorenzo Cain finally included
The winners of the 2019 Gold Glove Award were announced on ESPN over the course of the past hour. In case you missed it, here they are:
C: Roberto Pérez, Indians (1st career Gold Glove)
1B: Matt Olson, Athletics (2nd career Gold Glove)
2B: Yolmer Sánchez, White Sox (1st career Gold Glove)
3B: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2nd career Gold Glove)
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians (2nd career Gold Glove)
LF: Alex Gordon, Royals (7th career Gold Glove)
CF: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3rd career Gold Glove)
RF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4th career Gold Glove)
P: Mike Leake, Mariners (1st career Gold Glove)
The Athletics have now won Gold Gloves at the infield corners in two consecutive seasons thanks to Olson and Chapman. As long as they both wear the green and gold, there’s no reason to think that will change anytime soon.
Lindor got the hardware over Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. Simmons missed time with an injury. Had he been healthy, he likely would’ve won at the position for the third consecutive year.
Gordon earns a Gold Glove for the seventh time, including his last three consecutively. The Royals declined his 2020 option nevertheless, but he could re-sign with the team at a lower price point.
The legendary Mike Trout has won all kinds of awards, but still never a Gold Glove.
C: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies (1st career Gold Glove)
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (3rd career Gold Glove)
2B: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1st career Gold Glove)
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7th career Gold Glove)
SS: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (2nd career Gold Glove)
LF: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1st career Gold Glove)
CF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1st career Gold Glove)
RF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1st career Gold Glove)
P: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (6th career Gold Glove)
Arenado wins the award at third base for a seventh consecutive year. As MLB.com’s Sarah Langs notes, the only other player to start his career by winning at least seven consecutive Gold Gloves is Ichiro Suzuki, who did it in the first 10 seasons of his career.
It’s good to see Cain finally win a Gold Glove Award. He deserved it in past years, including when he was with the Royals, but the competition has notably been steep.
Interesting to see that both pitchers who won Gold Gloves were traded midseason to the other league. Game 7 of the World Series highlighted Greinke’s defensive brilliance. No Astros and no Nationals won Gold Gloves, at least on behalf of those teams.
If you missed the finalists -- three named at each position -- you can find them here.