Gold Glove finalists announced
Rawlings, which hands out annual Gold Glove awards to players voted to be the best at their position, unveiled its 2012 Gold Glove finalists this morning. As expected, Yadier Molina, a favorite to win the award for a fifth straight season, is among the finalists. No other Cardinals, however, made the cut, including center fielder Jon Jay. Jay’s candidacy was pushed for by teammates and manager Mike Matheny late in the season, one in which Jay didn’t commit an error.
The award is voted upon by managers and coaches.
Perhaps Jay was hurt by missing time with a shoulder injury (he finished with 117 games played). Advanced defensive metrics, like ultimate zone rating (UZR), also suggest that several center fielders had a better year than Jay. And then there’s the influence of offense. While this award should in no way be tied to offense, players that hit invariably get greater consideration. Perhaps that’s why someone like Andrew McCutchen, whose UZR was well below-average, finds himself as a finalist.
Gold Glove winners will be announced during an hour-long show on ESPN2 tomorrow night. The awards show begins at 8:30 p.m. CT.
Here are your National League finalists at each position:
P: Bronson Arroyo (CIN), Mark Buehrle (MIA), Clayton Kershaw (LAD)
C: Yadier Molina (STL), Miguel Montero (ARI), Carlos Ruiz (PHI)
1B: Freddie Freeman (ATL), Adam LaRoche (WAS), Joey Votto (CIN)
2B: Darwin Barney (CHC), Aaron Hill (ARI), Brandon Phillips (CIN)
3B: Chase Headley (SD), Aramis Ramirez (MIL), David Wright (NYM)
SS: Zack Cozart (CIN), Ian Desmond (WAS), Jose Reyes (MIA), Jimmy Rollins (PHI)
LF: Ryan Braun (MIL), Carlos Gonzalez (COL), Martin Prado (ATL)
CF: Michael Bourn (ATL), Andrew McCutchen (PIT), Drew Stubbs (CIN)
RF: Jay Bruce (CIN), Andre Ethier (LAD), Jason Heyward (ATL)
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