Welcome back to my brief coverage of those who made the final ballot for Gold Glove honors. If you haven’t seen my previous posts, they’re both connected with one another so go ahead and click here.
Now, let’s go ahead and cut to the chase and look at who made the final three.
Robinson Cano, New York Yankees – Robinson Cano is no stranger to winning Gold Glove honors as he’s won it twice already. The 31 year old New York Yankees second baseman is getting set to pick up a huge contract with this organization, so winning another Gold Glove may help add on a couple more zeros onto whatever contract he agrees to sign. Cano slugged 27 home runs and drove in 107 runs while batting .314/.383/.516 across the line this season. His fielding percentage dropped (.991) compared to last seasons .992. His errors stayed the same as he was charged with six of them but his double plays dropped by a couple.
Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox – This guy’s in the World Series right now, so I think he’s focused on winning that first before picking up this award. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure the two time Gold Glove winner will appreciate his defensive abilities getting some attention, but the World Series is more than likely the bigger picture right now. Pedroia played in 19 more games than he did last season and hit nine home runs with 84 RBI’s and a batting line of .301/.372/.415. His percentage did kick up a point as he jumped from .992 to .993 with only ten errors between both seasons. He recorded 429 assists and pulled off 102 double plays.
Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay Rays – This 32 year old veteran out of Eureka, Illinois seen a lot of time at different positions this season for the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent one game at Center field, four games at Left field, 39 games at Right field and 21 games at Shortstop. This man has been busy. His primary position is obviously second base, where he spent 125 games and made 117 starts at this position. He fielded .933 at second base and had four errors charged against him. He picked up 332 assists and turned 73 double plays with 218 put outs.