For the first time in 10 years, the Major League (ML) National League (NL) third baseman’s Gold Glove has a new owner other than Nolan Arenado (32, St. Louis Cardinals).
Rawlings, the organizer of the Gold Glove, announced the three final candidates in each category for the 2023 Gold Glove through its official SNS on the 19th (Korean time).
One familiar name was missing from the three final candidates for National League third baseman, which caught the attention of many local media outlets, including MLB.com. MLB.com said, “For the first time since Chase Headley in 2012, the National League has a third base Gold Glove winner other than Arenado. Arenado has won the award for the past 10 years, but was not a finalist this year.” He said.
Arenado has been attracting attention as the major league’s representative third baseman for the past 10 years and as a player with the best defense among all positions. After being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the second round of the 2009 rookie draft, he made his major league debut in 2013 and won the Third Base Gold Glove Award for the 10th consecutive year.
Not only that, he also won the Platinum Glove Award, which was newly established in 2011, with a total of 6 wins. The Platinum Glove is decided by fans, one from each of the two major leagues, regardless of position, and means that Arenado’s defense has been recognized as the best both on the field and by general fans.
Arenado was considered the only candidate who could break the major league record of ‘consecutive Gold Glove wins since debut’ set by Ichiro Suzuki (50, retired). Ichiro entered the major leagues through the Seattle Mariners in 2001 and won 10 consecutive outfielder Gold Gloves from his debut season to 2010, which was a major league record. Greg Maddux, who has won the most Gold Glove awards in the Major League, also won the Gold Glove award for 13 consecutive years, but it started in the fifth year of his debut.
With last year’s award, Arenado achieved his 10th consecutive award and tied Ichiro’s record, but was unable to surpass it. However, there are still a few more records he can challenge. Currently, Arenado’s 10 Gold Gloves are tied for the 10th most in Major League history, and the infielders who have won more Gold Gloves are third baseman Brooks Robinson (16 times), shortstop Aji Smith (13 times), and Omar Vizquel (11 times). There are only people.
It is unclear whether he will be able to add a Gold Glove after this. According to Baseball Reference, an American baseball statistics media, for the first time in his career, Arenado had a negative value in the Total Zone & Total Fielding Runs Above Average indicator, which indicates how much he contributed to defensive runs compared to the league average. As a result, dWAR (defensive contribution to wins relative to replacement players) also dropped significantly from 13.2 last year to 3.7 this year.
Even in defensive run saves (DRS) calculated by Fielding Bible, he only scored +1 point. The latest defensive indicator OAA (Outs Above Average) showed a significant difference from the highest figure of +22 in 2019, from +14 last year to +5 this year. In addition, the number of assists and put-outs decreased significantly, showing that the defensive range was reduced, giving a sense of change in times.
It is evaluated that his former teammate and successor, Ryan McMahon (29, Colorado Rockies), will take over the vacant position. After Arenado was traded to St. Louis in 2021, McMahon replaced him at third base and has been a Gold Glove finalist for three consecutive years so far this year. McMahon played 130 of his 147 games on defense this season at third base and posted an OAA of +11, a career high. The Fielding Index (SDI) developed by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), which is directly reflected in the Gold Glove, ranks first among National League third basemen at 10.4 as of the most recent date, indicating that he is likely to receive the award.메이저놀이터
Other candidates include Key Brian Hayes (Pittsburgh Pirates) and Austin Riley (Atlanta Braves). Among them, Hayes is the strongest competitor as he ranks first in all indicators excluding SDI with SDI 10.4, OAA +17, and DRS +21. It is considered as
The Gold Glove is awarded in a total of 10 categories, including utility, which was first implemented last year, and catcher, first baseman, second baseman, shortstop, third baseman, left fielder, center fielder, right fielder, and pitcher. For the existing 9 positions, the winner is determined based on 75% of the votes of 30 major league managers and up to 6 coaches from each team for players other than those on their own teams, and 25% of the SDI votes. The utility sector is determined by a defensive index created through a separate formula in collaboration with Rawlings and SABR.