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Chapman, Arenado repeat as Platinum Glovers

NEW YORK—At the 2019 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards ceremony on Friday night, some of the best and brightest stars of Major League Baseball lit up Manhattan.

None shined more brightly than the Rockies’ Nolan Arenado and the Athletics’ Matt Chapman. The pair, whose journey from teammates at shortstop at El Toro High School in Lake Forest, Calif., to two of the premier third basemen in the Major Leagues is well-known by now, repeated as Platinum Glove Award winners.

While the Gold Glove Awards honor the best fielder at each position, since 2011, the Platinum Glove Awards pit all 18 Gold Glovers against each other to determine the best defensive player in each league. The award is decided by a combination of fan votes and the Society for American Baseball Research’s defensive index, which considers a fielder’s range, his arm and his sure-handedness, along with his outstanding plays, using metrics such as reaction time, the amount of ground covered and the velocity of throws.

For the duo at the hot corner, it was a special moment made all the more poignant by the man who made the official announcement. In a moment orchestrated by Karl Ravech and Eduardo Pérez of ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, who were set to present the awards but whose envelopes didn’t have the winners’ names in them, Mike Gonzales—Chapman and Arenado’s high school coach at El Toro—made a surprise appearance on stage and did the honors himself.

So, would we agree with the suggestion that Arenado and Chapman are the best defensive players in their leagues, and, if not, who would we nominate instead?


QLE Posted: November 10, 2019 at 12:22 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards and honors, matt chapman, nolan arenado

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   1. Vitor Artur Posted: November 10, 2019 at 06:52 PM (#5900238)
(devil’s advocate question) If these guys are that good, why don’t they play short?
   2. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2019 at 09:26 AM (#5900295)
Better question, why aren't they catching if they're so good at defense?
   3. Steve Parris, Je t'aime Posted: November 11, 2019 at 09:48 AM (#5900301)
If they have such good arms, why don't they pitch?
   4. eric Posted: November 11, 2019 at 09:58 AM (#5900302)
So, would we agree with the suggestion that Arenado and Chapman are the best defensive players in their leagues, and, if not, who would we nominate instead?

Simmons in the AL. That's a general ranking, not a 2019 ranking, as he was injured 1/3 the year. But according to many defensive metrics, he plays as far or more above the typical SS as Chapman plays above the typical 3B.
   5. Charles S. is not doing chainsaw bears any more Posted: November 11, 2019 at 10:19 AM (#5900305)
Did anyone else see the headline and think, "Goddam Yankee bias. How could their closer win the Platinum Glove?" Nobody? Just me, huh.
   6. T.J. Posted: November 11, 2019 at 10:32 AM (#5900308)
<raises hand>
   7. DL from MN Posted: November 11, 2019 at 11:15 AM (#5900320)
I would have to nominate JT Realmuto for the platinum glove - great defense at the most demanding defensive position and he's a full-time starter. Unlike some of the backups who rival his glove behind the plate he's getting fewer days off to recover.
   8. Itchy Row Posted: November 11, 2019 at 12:09 PM (#5900337)
I thought it was Aroldis too and wondered how many defensive chances he could have even had. It turned out he had six chances this year, more than he had in 2017 or 2018. His six chances were one putout, three assists, and two errors.
   9. Greg Pope Posted: November 11, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5900351)
I also thought of Aroldis Chapman at first. However, until reading this intro I didn't know what the Platinum Glove was.
   10. RoyalFlush Posted: November 11, 2019 at 05:41 PM (#5900418)
Yep. Thought Aroldis first.
   11. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 11, 2019 at 07:34 PM (#5900437)
My first thought was as #1, why not always the best fielding SS? Though DL makes a great point about catching.
   12. Howie Menckel Posted: November 11, 2019 at 09:10 PM (#5900460)
I think many of us here would prefer a discussion of who should win the Iron Glove.
   13. Jeremy Renner App is Dead and I killed it Posted: November 11, 2019 at 09:43 PM (#5900470)
12--####### painful to write but I think Domingo Santana. Dude was just brutal

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