To much fanfare, the finalists were announced today for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award. As you will recall, each year there are three finalists announced for each big league position in each league. As expected, several Reds were among the finalists.

This is Tucker Barnhart’s first selection as a finalist for the Gold Glove, and it’s well-deserved. Everyone knows that Barnhart gunned down more would-be base-stealers than any other catcher, but he also ranks as the best defensive catcher in either league by most of the advanced metrics. Tucker stands a good chance of winning his first Award.

Joey Votto has been named as a finalist for the third time in his career; he won the Gold Glove back in 2011. You may remember that Votto was pretty bad defensively in 2016, and Votto admitted as much publicly. This spring, Votto was pretty vocal about the fact that he wasn’t happy with his defense, and improving with the glove was a priority for him in 2017. Mission accomplished (Votto also continued to hit pretty well.)

For the second consecutive year, Adam Duvall earned a nod as a left field finalist. Duvall’s metrics aren’t as good as they were last year, but he did lead the majors in outfield assists. A deserving finalist.

Finally, for the fourth consecutive year, Billy Hamilton has been named a finalist for the center field Gold Glove Award. Will this year be the year for Billy?

From a Reds perspective, there was one pretty big snub: Eugenio Suarez was not named a finalist at third base. From my perch, I’d say it’s pretty clear that Suarez was the second-best defensive 3B in the National League behind Colorado’s Nolan Arenado. There was no chance Suarez was going to win this award — Arenado is amazing — but being named a finalist would have been a nice confirmation of all the hard work Suarez has put into improvement with the glove.

Zack Cozart also had a pretty good case to be named a finalist for the NL’s shortstop Gold Glove, but I’m not particularly surprised that he wasn’t picked.

Clearly, Barnhart, Votto, Duvall, and Hamilton all deserve to win, right? We’ll find out on November 7.

11 Responses

    • Ethan L

      Cy Young? ROY? I’m with you. Bring home the hardware!

  1. Ethan L

    Hear, hear! I think Billy might be a good candidate as second most deserving.

  2. JB WV

    Can’t see how anyone could be better than Hamilton in CF. I’m biased, of course, don’t watch those other guys nearly as much, but Billy runs down everything catchable and sometimes uncatchable. Terrific arm for such a slender guy as well.

  3. Bred

    Just wondering if anyone thinks Tucker could have gotten more money without the extension.

    • Sliotar

      Doubtful. While the process is getting better, arbitration has tended to not value defense as effectively as offense, and Barnhart is a negative offensive WAR player.

      Plus, arbitration awarded contracts aren’t guaranteed and Barnhart just started a family, so the security was probably worth passing on the possible financial upside.

  4. kmartin

    Four of the starting eight named finalists. I would say that is pretty good.

  5. Sliotar

    I am with you, Vegas, on Freese.

    Rendon was a lock to be a finalist. So much praise, home and away feeds all season long, on his all-around play.

    I don’t even know who I would have guessed at being the third finalist at 3B before seeing the list…..Travis Shaw seemed to play sneaky good D, but certainly not Freese.

    • Sliotar

      Assuming Suarez was still going to be snubbed, that is. It’s too bad he was so badly overlooked.

  6. cfd3000

    Nice validation of the Reds defensive prowess in 2017. Probably should have been 5 of 8 starters – I thought Suarez was a lock for a finalist slot. Barnhart and Hamilton really deserve to win, and Votto just might get the nod as well. A little bit of good news after a rough year, and a little bit of promising news for 2018 as well.

  7. TR

    Not bad for a last place team to have half of their starting eight as finalists for the Gold Glove, but there’s a chance one or two will not be Reds in 2018.