Tonight, Major League Baseball revealed their selections for the winners of the 2019 Gold Glove Awards at every defensive position, as voted on by members of the baseball media.
There is a mixture of first time winners and repeating winners who have flashed the leather the best around the diamond over the course of the 2019 regular season.
The following article will focus on the Gold Glove winners in the National League.
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs Anthony Rizzo has earned his third career Gold Glove honor, and has done it in three straight seasons, establishing himself as a dominant force at First Base in the National League. Rizzo appeared in 146 games at First and played 1226.2 innings at the position in the 2019 Season, and made only five errors all year. He was one of just three big league first basemen that made more than 30 “scoops” in 2019.
Second Base: Kolten Wong, St Louis Cardinals Wong’s metrics were in a league of their own at Second Base in the National League this season. He recorded fourteen defensive runs saved, which was 6 more than any other Second Baseman on the senior circuit. He also led the league in defensive wins above replacement and out-of-zone plays made. His highlight reel is an electric one, with so many diving grabs and retreating basket catches. This is Wong’s first career Gold Glove Award, in his seventh big league season.
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks Nick Ahmed has won his second straight Gold Glove playing shortstop for the Snakes. He was the top dog in defensive runs saved at short in the National League, totaling eighteen. Ahmed also impressed on the statsheet and highlight montages with 150 out-of-zone plays, which was the most of any player in the National League at any position.
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies It has become just a formality now to award the Gold Glove for Third Base in the National League to Colorado’s Nolan Arenado. He has won it for the seventh straight year, and has won in all seven of his Major League season. His UZR Rating was three times better than any other third baseman in baseball. He now has the fourth most Gold Gloves by any Third Baseman in Major League Baseball history, with seven, at the age of just 28. His bat doesn’t disappoint either, but that’s for another article.
Left Field: David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks The “Freight Train” as he is known in Arizona is mainly a nickname for his production at the plate, but Peralta now has a Gold Glove award for his shelf at home as well. He takes home his first career Gold Glove. He led National League Left Fielders in defensive runs saved with ten, which doubled his career high set last season.
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee Brewers Surprisingly, Lorenzo Cain has never won a Gold Glove. He has always been a staple in the conversation of best outfielders and best defensive players in the game, but never took home the honor. That changes this season, as he earns his first Career Gold Glove in his 10th season of Big-League service. His best play and signature moment might’ve been on the very first game of the year, where he robbed what would’ve been a game tying 9th-inning home run for Jose Martinez off of Josh Hader on Opening Day. Cain retreated to the track in deep right-center, but reached out and over the wall to secure a 5-4 win for the Brewers over the Cardinals, and gave Milwaukee an electric opening day victory in game 1 of 162.
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers Bellinger, who might win League MVP this season on the Senior Circuit, has taken his first career Gold Glove award. His nineteen defensive runs saved could only be matched by Aaron Judge in the Ameircan league among all Right Fielders in the game. Cody Bellinger now has a Gold Glove award to pair up with his 2017 NL Rookie of the Year Award, and potentially National League MVP This season.
Catcher: J. T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies One of the biggest free agents of the 2018-2019 MLB Offseason, Realmuto produced at the plate and behind it for the 2019 Phillies. Though the club fell short of reaching the postseason, Realmuto did anything but fall short. The Philadelphia stopper led all of baseball in average “pop time”, with 1.88 seconds from catching a pitch to throwing to a base. He also had an average throw speed of 88.4 mph, the highest of any qualifying catcher in baseball, and caught 43 runners stealing, again, the most in baseball. Nobody even came close to that 43 runners caught stealing, next best was 27.
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks & Houston Astros Winning the National League Gold Glove Award for the Pitcher position, despite finishing the season in the American League with the Houston Astros, is Zack Greinke. Greinke earns his sixth straight Gold Glove Award. He pitched 146 innings with Arizona before being traded at the deadline, and is just the third NL Pitcher to win six or more consecutive Gold Gloves.
But that’s not all, fan voting is currently open for the “Rawlings Platinum Glove Award”, which is awarded to the best overall defensive player at any position. The Platinum Glove is awarded in each league. Voting runs through Thursday night and all fans are welcome to vote through the Rawlings website, the title sponsor of the award.