Last evening, November 8, 2016, MLB awarded the Gold Gloves to the outstanding defensive players. You might notice a trend when you read this list. Almost every player in the National and American League played in the post season. It’s true that offense scores the runs, but a good defense wins championships. Rather than going into detail about each player who won, it might make it easier just to list the players in each league. Feel free to watch any of their great defensive performances on YouTube or MLB.com.
The winners in the American League are as followed; Catcher-Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals, 1B-Mitch Moreland of the Texas Rangers, 2B-Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers, 3B-Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers, SS-Francisco Lindor of the Cleveland Indians, LF-Brett Gardner of the New York Yankees, CF-Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays, RF Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Soxs, and P-Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. The only position players who did not play in the post season was Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays.
The winners in the National League are also as followed; C-Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, 1B Anthony Rizzo of the Chicago Cubs, 2B Joe Panik of the San Francisco Giants, 3B-Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies, SS- Brandon Crawford of the San Francisco Giants, LF Starling Morte of the Pittsburg Pirates, CF Ender Inciatre of the Atlanta Braves, RF-Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs, and P- Zack Geinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The National League had several Gold Glove winners whose teams did not enjoy playoff baseball like Nolan Arenado, Ender Inciatre, and Zack Grienke.
Writing this article was a lot of fun. It helped remind me of all the great defensive players that MLB has to offer. A couple of the outstanding catches made play over and over in my head. If it had been stolen home runs from outfielders, or diving stops in the infield that looked as if they were headed to the outfield. Sure home runs are a lot of fun and exciting to watch, but watching the best players in the world making spectacular plays is more fun, in my opinion. I guess writing about things you love is sometimes just as good as playing. The trades and free agents signings are underway this morning. Offense makes for exciting baseball, but defense wins championships. Ask the RF of the Chicago Cubs, Jason Heyward why he earns his contract. He was a good RF for the Atlanta Braves also. More awards and articles are coming.