Zack Cozart, Billy Hamilton and Brandon Phillips were among the three finalists for Gold Glove awards at their respective positions, announced by Rawlings today. That’s strong defense up the middle.

Phillips has won four GG before. Neither Cozart or Hamilton has won previously.

Gold Glove voting consists of two components: 75 percent from managers and coaches and 25 percent from statistical data. The winners will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. ET.

Future Reds Yeonis Cespedes, Christian Yelich, Nick Markakis, Jason Heyward and Alex Gordon (oh, and Giancarlo Stanton) were also finalists.

Dare to dream.

36 Responses

  1. Luis

    Very interesting the future Reds list! 🙂

    • pinson343

      Yeh I’m more excited about that than the Gold Gloves.

  2. WVRedlegs

    I borrowed this from CTrent.
    The entire list of National League finalists are as follows:

    P – Zack Greinke (LAD), Clayton Kershaw (LAD), Adam Wainwright (STL)
    C – Jonathan Lucroy (MIL), Russell Martin (PIT), Yadier Molina (STL)
    1B – Adrian Gonzalez (LAD), Adam LaRoche (WSH), Justin Morneau (COL)
    2B – DJ LeMahieu (COL), Brandon Phillips (CIN), Chase Utley (PHI)
    3B – Nolan Arenado (COL), Pablo Sandoval (SF), Juan Uribe (LAD)
    SS – Zack Cozart (CIN), Adeiny Hechavarria (MIA), Andrelton Simmons (ATL)
    LF – Starling Marte (PIT), Justin Upton (ATL), Christian Yelich (MIA)
    CF – Billy Hamilton (CIN), Juan Lagares (NYM), Denard Span (WSH)
    RF – Jason Heyward (ATL), Gerardo Parra (MIL), Giancarlo Stanton (MIA).

    I would have liked to have seen Frazier on the 3B list. Possible trade targets abound.

    • ToddAlmighty

      Frazier played too much 1B. Reds ruined his chance at the GG. 1046.2 innings at 3B with 9 errors… 335 innings at first base with 5 errors.

      If Walt did his job, got a backup first baseman during the 100 games Votto was out, then Frazier would have played only 3B and likely gotten on that list.

    • preacherj

      Unless you do somersaults between innings, offense is (wrongly)taken into account. As exhibit one I present: Rafael Palmeiro’s three straight. If Cozy wins, it will be tight.

      • vegastypo

        Didn’t Palmeiro win one time despite only playing about a month of the season at first base and DH’ing the rest of the time?

        I hope missing those 5 or whatever weeks doesn’t kill Phillips’ chances.

      • preacherj

        Yep, he played fewer than 30 games at first. And he was pretty brutal at that.

      • pinson343

        I never understood the Palmeiro thing where he got a Gold Glove for playing only a few games at first base. I understand that it’s a largely a popularity contest, but I don’t understand how he was even eligible for the award that year. How do they decide to put on the candidate list ? Anyone who’s played a single game at a position ?


    If Zach Cozart is not the Gold Glove winner, then he should not be the starting SS.

    • lwblogger2

      Keep in mind that the best defender doesn’t always win the GG. My eyes say it should be Cozart or Simmons. The metrics say Cozart by a landslide. We’ll see what the final tally is.

      By the way, there’s also no way that Sandoval, who is a good defender at 3B, is a better defender than Frazier there. I think Frazier just got his chances killed because he got moved to 1B a lot. It didn’t help his case that he wasn’t so stellar over there either.

    • pinson343

      So Cozart becomes a weaker defender if he doesn’t win the GG ? Simmons gets all the attention from the talking heads, he’ll win it. He’ll also win it because he’s a better hitter than Cozart.


    Miguel Cabrerra!!! Clearly, this is not a sabermetric list.

    • pinson343

      Leake is the best fielding pitcher in baseball. The other 3 are on the list because they’re better pitchers.

  5. preacherj

    The thing I liked the most about Billy’s catch is that he was thinking double play the whole way. No hesitation at all. He came down in a good throwing position.

  6. NZredsfan

    Those videos all highlight how “clutch” the defense was in tight spots; they also highlight how dreadful the relief pitching was.

    • preacherj

      Indeed. That was a lot of weight on the mound during those clips.

  7. Redgoggles

    Billy chosen over Carlos Gomez, no tears here.

    • pinson343

      Yeh but I’m surprised that it’s Gomez who get dropped from the CF list. I haven’t seen enough of Span to really have an opinion on him. Lagares looked very good to me, but better than Gomez ? I’d say Hamilton has a chance.

  8. sultanofswaff

    Giancarlo Stanton??? Strong arm for sure, but his reads and routes are terrible.

    Chase Utley??? The guy has about as much range now as a Snoopy fishing pole.

    • RedMountain

      It should be noted that Sandberg won many GG and had very little range, that Concepcion continued to win when it was obvious that Ozzie Smith was better and that Ozzie continued to win even after Larkin came along.

      • pinson343

        Right. It’s about reputation, popularity, offense, image, etc. Biggio was winning GGs at 2nd base when Brett Boone was far superior – Joe Morgan himself kept saying so. Then there are players like Ozzie who become automatic. Buddy Bell was better at 3rd base than Brooks Robinson for years while Robinson kept winning GGs.

        And let’s not forget that Derek Jeter won 5 GGs, what a travesty.

  9. Grand Salami

    Phillips should have at least 2 more to his credit. The Barney selection was ridiculous and Phillips, like Larkin, had to supplant a popular player at his position with visibly better defense for multiple years before getting the recognition.

    • pinson343

      Right, the popular O Dog, Orlando Hudson, won it 3 times while competing with BP.

  10. Matt WI

    Joe Maddon is now available after opting out of Tampa. Just sayin’. Sorry Mr. Price, but I’d do that in a heart beat.

    • lwblogger2

      I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Cubs go after him.

      • Tom Reed

        I think Maddon will land with the Cubs. He apparently wants 25 mil for five years and the Cubs have the money to pay him. The Cubs are getting ready to take off so the Reds better get out of low gear this offseason.

    • lwblogger2

      The Reds having Maddon would be oil and water too. Jocketty is traditional, very traditional and Maddon leans strongly towards metrics and non-traditional thinking. Of course that’s why a lot of folks on this board like Maddon. It would be like the Bizarro version of Beane and Howe in Oakland.

    • Jake

      Ideally we get Maddon and put Price back as the pitching coach. Then we put Jocketty up for trade

    • Steve Schoenbaechler

      I have to agree, Matt. But, hey, I wanted Buck Showalter or Giraldi before Baker got extended the first time.

    • ToddAlmighty

      This is the team that just extended Jocketty after probably the most pathetic two season performance by a GM. Not gonna happen. If anything, they’ll bring Dusty in as the third base coach.

  11. charlottencredsfan

    2014 wRC+, first half, second half:
    Hamilton: 105, 42
    Frazier: 138, 97
    Phillips: 93, 74
    Mesoraco: 171, 121
    Bruce: 98, 53
    Cozart: 63. 45
    Ludwick: 105, 66
    Heisey: 86, 64
    Pena: 77, 77
    Schumaker: 68, 64
    Santiago: 92, 93

    Huh? Almost unfathomable. You might think that our guys were having issues making adjustments at the plate. Is this just bad luck or the grind of a long season? Does Don Long bear any culpability for this? Do they really want to bring this guy back; is he the best hitting coach available?

    • Grand Salami

      That is an unbelievable drop off!

  12. RiverCity Redleg

    votes are in. No Red won. Kinda BS.