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Sunday, January 19, 2020

The ‘alternative’ 2019 Gold Glove Award winners

Rawlings handed out its 2019 Gold Glove Awards back in November, but, with Statcast’s new infield defense metric released to the public, the temptation is too great not to take a fresh look at the best defender at each position.

With that in mind, we decided to identify the best defender at every position based on their 2019 Outs Above Average (OAA). Unlike with Gold Gloves, we are awarding only one “winner” per position as opposed to a winner for each league. (Note: The exceptions are pitchers and catcher, where we don’t have OAA. For catcher, we used a blend of Statcast’s catcher framing metrics to pick that spot. We did not select a pitcher.)

Infield OAA works in similar style to the outfield OAA you’re likely familiar with, considering the fielder’s time and distance while also accounting for the intricacies of the diamond dirt. Our winners for 2019 were certainly contenders for Rawlings’ Gold Gloves, but only two (Matt Olson and Nolan Arenado) took home the actual award. So our list below has some fresh variety.

Here are the best of the best

Every other award gets this sort of commentary- why not the Gold Gloves?

QLE Posted: January 19, 2020 at 12:11 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: awards and honors, gold gloves, statcast

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   1. puck Posted: January 19, 2020 at 05:36 PM (#5917415)
RF: Aaron Judge, Yankees (+8 OAA)
Judge tied with Jason Heyward and George Springer in total OAA, but Judge gets the nod by playing a higher majority of his games in right last year.


Impressive for such a giant.
   2. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 19, 2020 at 06:22 PM (#5917427)
Impressive for such a giant.

Bref has him with 1.6 dWAR in only 102 games
   3. Foghorn Leghorn Posted: January 19, 2020 at 07:48 PM (#5917444)
Well, I guess they are an "alternative" except they agree at all teh positions?

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