Three Dodgers, Two Angels nominated as 2021 Gold Glove Award finalists – CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Rawlings has announced their 2021 Gold Glove Award finalists.

The Three Dodgers got their names announced with the other nominees Thursday:

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Max Muncy, 1B (First career nomination)

Muncy got a career year derailed just before the playoffs, in the final game of the season, when a collision at first base ended in a staggered elbow for Muncy. However, Muncy is not only on the Gold Glove radar, but also the Silver Slugger radar. He was All-Star for the second time this season, and his name was associated with the MVP conversation for most of the season – as recently as August 18, Las Vegas oddsmakers had him in third place behind Fernando Tatis, Jr. and Bryce Harper.

Muncy played 122 games at first base this season, with an almost flawless fielding percentage of 0.998 – right up to first place with the other two nominees for first base. He had just two fouls during that time, adding 771 putouts and 47 assists in the 901 innings of defense. It is also important to mention that he also played 29 games at second base, where he only made one mistake over 254 played innings. Muncy were number two in the entire league at first base in total zone races, a statistic that measures where above or below average a player was worth based on the number of games they played. Muncy finished the season as No. 15 on the SABR Defensive Index Rankings for all players, and first among all of the National League’s first basemen.

AJ Pollock – LF (Second career nomination, won in 2015)

Pollock had his best season with the Dodgers to date, especially through the second half of the season, where he hit 0.324 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in the last 53 games he played in. He also had career highs in slugging percentage and OPS . He finished the year without making a single mistake in the outfield (103 games in the left field, 8 in the middle), adding four outfield assists and a double play to his season total. He finished fourth in the Majors in the Range Factor over Nine Innings, and fifth in the Range Factor per game for left-fielders. Pollock finished the season as No. 4 on SABR’s defensive index rankings for National League left – back players.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 14: Mookie Betts # 50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers respond to a double off the outfield wall by Buster Posey # 28 of the San Francisco Giants during the first inning of Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Oracle Parker on October 14, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Harry How / Getty Images)

Mookie Betts – RF (Sixth career nomination, won from 2016-2020)

Betts had what might be called a “downward year,” by his standards. Still, he is without a doubt one of the most crucial pieces on the Dodgers’ list. Betts still ended up with a batting average of .264, with 23 homers and 58 RBIs, a statistical lineup most major leagues would die for.

The man with the second-longest active Gold Glove Award Streak is looking for his seventh straight this season. Mookie ended the year with a 0.987 fielding percentage in 98 games played in right field. He also took 30 fights in the center and seven at second base. He had three errors this season, one in the right field and two in the middle, adding an outfield assist. Betts finished the season as No. 7 on the SABR Defensive Index Rankings for National League right fielders.

The Angels also had two players named finalists for the 2021 season:

Jared Walsh – 1B (First career nomination)

After two quiet years with the Angels to start his MLB career, Walsh entered the scene in 2021. He got his first All-Star nod, ending the season with a .277 batting average, 29 homers and 98 RBIs . Walsh played 128 games at first base this season, adding 17 games in the right field. While playing first, he achieved a 0.995 field percentage, best as number five in the league. He added 73 assists and participated in 96 doubles in the year, making only five errors in 975 defensive chances. Walsh finished the season as No. 8 on the SABR Defensive Index Rankings for the first basemen of the American League.

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 17: David Fletcher # 22 of the Los Angeles Angels beats Matt Chapman # 26 of Oakland Athletics in the sixth round at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 17, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)

David Fletcher – 2B (Second career nomination)

Fletcher signed a five-year extension with the Angels to start the 2021 season, and for good reason. He has proven to be one of MLB’s most consistent players day in and day out throughout his short career. Fletcher, never known for his power, is still one of the league’s most consistent strikers, taking MLB’s longest hit streak to 26 games this season. He also finished with the second most singles (136) in the league and ended the year with a career-high 15 stolen bases.

He also added his season with a fantastic performance in the field. He ended the year with a fielding percentage of .990 over 142 games played at second base (he also played 20 at shortstop) – the third best fielding percentage among qualified fielders. He had 354 assists and 261 putouts and 86 doubles turned (also all third best in the league) and finished top five in the Range Factor over nine innings and the Range Factor per. match. Fletcher finished the season as No. 7 on the SABR Defensive Index Rankings for the American League’s second basemen.

St. The Louis Cardinals led the league in the finalists with a total of six. The Houston Astros came right behind them with five finalists, while the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals finished with four each.

Three teams from each league did not receive a finalist nomination. These teams from the American League are the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers. From the National League, the teams are missing the Miami Marlins, Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds.

Of the finalists, 25 have already secured at least one Gold Glove Award in their careers, while 15 of them have won several. Yadier Molina (9), Nolan Arenado (8), Zack Greinke (6), Mookie Betts (5), Andrelton Simmon (4) and Kevin Kiermaier (3) are the active players with the most Gold Glove Awards in their respective positions.

Seven of the finalists have also been awarded the Platinum Glove Awards, given to the best defender in their league, regardless of position – Yadier Molina (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), Manny Machado (2013), Andrelton Simmons (2013), Kevin Kiermaier ( 2015), Francisco Lindor (2016), Nolan Arenado (2017-2020) and Matt Chapman (2018-2019).

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Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists for 2021:

American League

Kande

  • Jose Berrios v Toronto Blue Jays (Second Career Nomination)
  • Zack Greinke – Houston Astros (eighth career nomination, won from 2014-2019)
  • Dallas Keuchel – Chicago White Sox (fifth career nomination, won from 2014-2016, 2018)

Catcher

  • Martin Maldonado – Houston Astros (third career nomination, won in 2017)
  • Sean Murphy – Oakland Athletics (first career nomination)
  • Salvador Perez – Kansas City Royals (seventh career nomination, won from 2013-2016, 2018)

First base

  • Yuliesky Gurriel v Houston Astros (Third Career Nomination)
  • Matt Olson – Oakland Athletics (fourth career nomination, won 2018 & 2019)
  • Jared Walsh – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (first career nomination)

Second base

  • David Fletcher – Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (Second Career Nomination)
  • Whit Merrifield – Kansas City Royals (first career nomination)
  • Marcus Semien – Toronto Blue Jays (third career nomination, first at second base)

Third Base

  • Matt Chapman – Oakland Athletics (third career nomination, won 2018 & 2019)
  • Jose Ramirez v Cleveland Indians (Third Career Nomination)
  • Joey Wendle – Tampa Bay Rays (first career nomination)

Shortstop

  • Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (Second Career Nomination)
  • JP Crawford – Seattle Mariners (second career nomination, won in 2020)
  • Andrelton Simmons – Minnesota Twins (eighth career nomination, won in 2013 and 2014, 2017 and 2018)

Left field

  • Randy Arozarena – Tampa Bay Rays (first career nomination)
  • Andrew Benintendi – Kansas City Royals (third career nomination)
  • Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays (second career nomination)

Center field

  • Kevin Kiermaier – Tampa Bay Rays (fifth career nomination, won in 2015 and 2016, 2019)
  • Myles Straw – Cleveland Indians (first career nomination)
  • Michael A. Taylor – Kansas City Royals (Second Career Nomination)

Right field

  • Hunter Renfroe – Boston Red Sox (Second Career Nomination)
  • Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros (Second Career Nomination)
  • Joey Gallo – New York Yankees (second career nomination, won in 2020)

National League

Kande

  • Zach Davies – Chicago Cubs (Second Career Nomination)
  • Max Fried – Atlanta Braves (second career nomination, won in 2020)
  • Zack Wheeler – Philadelphia Phillies (first career nomination)

Catcher

  • Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals (thirteenth career nomination, won 2008-2015, 2018)
  • JT Realmuto – Philadelphia Phillies (second career nomination, won in 2019)
  • Jacob Stallings v Pittsburgh Pirates (Second Career Nomination)

First base

  • Freddie Freeman – Atlanta Braves (third career nomination, won in 2018)
  • Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals (seventh career nomination, won in 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Max Muncy – Los Angeles Dodgers (first career nomination)

Second base

  • Ozzie Albies v Atlanta Braves (second career nomination)
  • Tommy Edman – St. Louis Cardinals (first career nomination)
  • Kolten Wong – Milwaukee Brewers (fourth career nomination, won in 2019 and 2020)

Third Base

  • Nolan Arenado – St. Louis Cardinals (Ninth career nomination, won from 2013-2020)
  • Manny Machado – San Diego Padres (Sixth career nomination, won 2018, 2015)
  • Ryan McMahon – Colorado Rockies (first career nomination)

Shortstop

  • Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants (fifth career nomination, won from 2015-2017)
  • Francisco Lindor – New York Mets (fifth career nomination, won 2016 and 2019)
  • Kevin Newman – Pittsburgh Pirates (first career nomination)

Left field

  • Tyler O’Neill – St. Louis Cardinals (second career nomination, won in 2020)
  • David Peralta – Arizona Diamondbacks (third career nomination, won in 2019)
  • AJ Pollock – Los Angeles Dodgers (second career nomination, won in 2015)

Center field

  • Harrison Bader – St. Louis Cardinals (second career nomination)
  • Bryan Reynolds – Pittsburgh Pirates (first career nomination)
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. – Milwaukee Brewers (fifth career nomination, won in 2018)

Right field

  • Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers (Sixth career nomination, won from 2016-2020)
  • Mike Yastrzemski – San Francisco Giants (first career nomination)
  • Adam Duvall – Atlanta Braves (fourth career nomination)

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