With the Red Sox and Dodgers having the day off before resuming the World Series on Friday, MLB and Rawlings used Thursday to announce their Gold Glove Finalists. The actual awards will be handed out after the season is over, but for now we know the three finalists at each position in each league. The Red Sox boasted a strong defense all year, and that showed with their five finalists, a group that includes all three of their outfielders. They were the only team with that many. You can see the full list of finalists on the Rawlings Twitter page.
Finalists for the Red Sox were:
- Mitch Moreland at first base. This would be his second career Gold Glove having also won in 2016 with Texas. He was tied for eighth among AL first baseman in Defensive Runs Saved. The other finalists were Justin Smoak and Matt Olson.
- Ian Kinsler at second base. This would also be his second career Gold Glove with his first coming in 2016 with Detroit. He was second among AL second baseman in DRS. The other finalists were Jed Lowrie and Rougned Odor.
- Andrew Benintendi in left field. This would be his first career Gold Glove. He was tied for seventh among AL left fielders in DRS. The other finalists were Brett Gardner and Alex Gordon.
- Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field. This would somehow be his first career Gold Glove. He was inexplicably tied for 69th in DRS. The other finalists were Adam Engel and Mike Trout.
- Mookie Betts in right field. This would be his third career Gold Glove and third consecutive Gold Glove. He was first among AL right fielders in DRS. The other finalists were Kole Calhoun and Aaron Judge.
My main takeaway from this list: Bradley doesn’t win, we riot.