As many expected, when the Gold Gloves were awarded this evening, three Royals needed to make room in their trophy cases.
Just as they did last year, the trio of Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, and Eric Hosmer brought home the gold. Finalist at shortstop Alcides Escobar watched on with tears streaking down his cheek as his Oriole counterpart J.J. Hardy won the award for the third straight year.
American League winners were as follows:
- Catcher - Salvador Perez
- First Base - Eric Hosmer
- Second Base - Dustin Pedroia
- Third Base - Kyle Seager
- Shortstop - J.J. Hardy
- Left Field - Alex Gordon
- Center Field - Adam Jones
- Right Field - Nick Markakis
- Pitcher - Dallas Keuchel
Only Seager and Keuchel had not won the award at their position previously.
Alex Gordon has now won the award, deservingly, four straight times, the longest active streak in the American League.
In the National League, Yadier Molina won the award at catcher for the seventh straight season. Former Royal Zack Greinke finally found himself the recipient of the award for which his receipt was long overdue. Adrian Gonzalez, Andrelton Simmons, Nolan Arenado, and Jason Heyward were each awarded the Gold Glove at their respective positions for at least the second time in their careers, while Rockies' second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, Mets' center fielder Juan Lagares, and Marlins' left fielder Christian Yelich were each given the award for the first time.
Lorenzo Cain was not a finalist for the Gold Glove in the American League despite being the second-most valuable defensive outfielder in terms of the defensive component of fWAR behind only teammate Alex Gordon. Presumably, his exclusion was on account of the fact that he split time between center and right.