On Sunday night, Rawlings announced their 2019 Gold Glove awards. The awards are voted by managers and players around baseball and given out to position players in both respective leagues who are considered the best at their defensive position. Also as part of the consideration, the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) provides a sabermetric component that is worth 25% of the vote.
Alex Gordon won one of the award for his play in left field, his seventh such time winning the award (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and now 2019). That is the second- most in franchise history behind Frank White’s eight Gold Glove. He’s also the oldest outfielder to win the award since Ichiro Suzuki won one in 2010.
Gordon beat out Oakland left fielder Robbie Grossman and Andrew Benintendi of the Boston Red Sox.
Strangely, by defensive runs saved (DRS) and Ultimate Zone Rating, this was actually Gordon’s worst season of his career (though he was still +1 DRS and +3.1 UZR/150). Still, his season was strong enough to take home the award.
Gordon is eligible to win the AL Platinum Glove - given to the best fielder regardless of position - but I would expect that to go to Matt Chapman. He won that award in 2014.
As of now, Gordon’s future is undecided. On a conference call after the award was announced, Gordon said he was unsure of what his future holds. He’s only been a free agent twice in his career. The first time the Royals re-signed him to his deal that just expired. This will be the first winter where Gordon will have to actually think about his post-playing career.
Former Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, now with the Milwaukee Brewers, won his first ever Gold Glove. Former Royals pitcher Zack Greinke also won his sixth Gold Glove. Here is a complete list of winners:
Pitcher: Mike Leake, Mariners
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Indians
First Base: Matt Olson, Athletics
Second Base: Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Indians
Third Base: Matt Chapman, Athletics
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals
Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks
Catcher: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies.
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals.
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies
Left Field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks.
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers.
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers