After Mookie Betts staged a spectacular post-season performance – including two home steals and a primary catch of a sinking game in game 5 of the Series National Championships – it’s no surprise that Betts is the National League of Gold Gloves Winner for the right field. In his first season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Betts won the fifth consecutive Golden Gloves award after winning four with the Boston Red Sox.
While the post-season game didn’t affect the prize, Betts grabbing Dansby Swanson’s pass in the third inning could have saved the game – and the Dodgers’ season as well. The Braves, which were 3-1 ahead in the series, took a 2-0 lead with second and third place runner and were eliminated once Betts took his tack, with Marcell Ozuna then disqualified for leaving the third facility early. The catch brought the game to a close, and the Dodgers rose to win 7-3.
“Unbelievable playing of an unbelievable player in a critical moment,”; teammate Corey Seager said after that match. “That’s what you need to win baseball games at this time of year.”
Betts ranked third among all players with 11 defenders saved, behind only Nolan Arenado 15 and Joey Gallo 12 and drawing Byron Buxton. Arenado has won the eighth consecutive Golden Gloves at base third – in line with all eight seasons he has played in professional leagues. Gallo is known for his phenomenal spot runs at home, but he won his first Golden Gloves after making a full-time main kick-off for the first time in his career.
This year’s Gold Gloves is based solely on a collection of defense indicators known as the SABR Defense Index, which incorporates several statistical methods of estimating defense performance. Due to the MLB’s regional schedule this season, managers and coaches, often part of the final component, did not vote.
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In the National League, Cubs first rider Anthony Rizzo (fourth overall) and second Cardinal Kolten Wong (runner-up in overall) were the winners. Cardinals surprisingly didn’t pick Wong’s $ 12.5 million team for 2021, so he put his Golden Gloves on the freelance company. Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart also won his second Golden Gloves after a victory in 2017.
At the US championship, Indian catcher Roberto Perez won his second straight win and Royals left-puncher Alex Gordon won for the fourth straight and eighth of his career. Gordon, who has announced his retirement, became the sixth player to win the Golden Gloves in his final season (along with pitchers Greg Maddux, Mike Mussina and Bobby Shantz; midfielder Roberto Clemente; and first batting player Wes Parker). Gordon ended his career as one of the best left-backs of all time. Based on the total number of encirclement runs, an estimated defense measurement dating back to 1953, Gordon saved Barry Bonds and Carl Yastrzemski only during his career runs.
White Sox’s center puncher, Luis Robert beat Buxton, and the Mariners’ first brawler Evan White overcame two-time winner Matt Olson, with the pair becoming the first rookie to win. since Arenado in 2013. Cubs reserve player Javier Baez, known for his wizards, has struggled for the championship in 2020 but eventually won his first Golden Gloves, beating Swanson. , who leads all short steps in DRS.