For the first time in the Rawlings Gold Gloves Awards 64-year history, a club from each tournament has been honored with the Team Gold Gloves Award in 2020. The first Gold Gloves Squad Award at American League Awards belong to the Indians, and first in the National League
For the first time in the Rawlings Gold Gloves Awards 64-year history, a club from each tournament has been honored with the Team Gold Gloves Award in 2020. The first Gold Gloves Team Award at The League of America went to the Indians, and first in the National League went to the Cubs, as announced on the MLB Network on Friday night.
Winners in the opening Golden Gloves Team Awards are determined based on the SABR Defense Index, which includes data from Statcast, Sports Info Solutions and STATS, LLC, as well as traditional and advanced metrics.
Cleveland leads all AL clubs with 27 defenses saved by 2020, three times more than the second ranked team. The tribe is led defensively by catcher Roberto Pérez and second player Cesar Hernandez, both of which earned the Personal Golden Gloves, as well as short-running player Francisco Lindor, header Carlos Santana and money central defender Oscar Mercado.
Pérez, who has won the Golden Gloves over the past two seasons, has led players to catch AL with six saved defenses by 2020. Lindor leads India with 5 points above average, standing second of all the Teenage conclusions, behind Padres’s Fernando Tatis Jr. Hernandez ranked second among second AL in both DRS (six) and OAA (four). And Mercado is second among the AL central surveyors with a final regional rating on 150 matches of 20.7.
First-time Golden Gloves winner Javier Báez led a massive Cubs with seven DRS, ranking third among the MLB awards. His doubles partner, rookie Nico Hoerner, excelled in second place, with his own five DRS. In his first junior, Anthony RIzzo won the third Gold Gloves Award of his career, which ended with three DRS. And on the mound, right hand Kyle Hendricks was also ranked second among Major League throwers with three DRS.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.