Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2020 MLB Gold Glove Awards for each respective position and league. In a 60-game shortened season, some surprises and some regulars are taking home some hardware. But all of these players shined in the field for their respective teams across the league.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are still basking in the glory of their 2020 World Series victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, but the league is moving into the full swing of the offseason. Award presentations kick that off as the league is handing out the Gold Glove awards to kick things off.
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First up is the first baseman for the American and National Leagues. In the AL, it was Evan White from the Seattle Mariners who takes home his first win as a rookie in the big leagues. White boasted a .998 fielding percentage, making just one error over the course of the 2020 season. In the NL, Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs took home the honors for the Gold Glove award. Rizzo also had only one error over the course of the 2020 season to earn his fourth award honors.
Next up is the second baseman; for the AL, César Hernández took home his first honors for the award. Hernández made four errors on the season with a .981 fielding percentage during the Cleveland Indians 2020 season. In the NL, Kolten Wong from the St. Louis Cardinals took home his second Gold Glove award honors after making just two errors, accumulating a .989 fielding percentage in the 2020 season.
The shortstop in the AL who took home the honors was J.P. Crawford, another member of the Mariners. Crawford’s Gold Glove award for the 2020 season is his first. He made just three errors, boasting a .986 fielding percentage for the Mariners. In the NL, it was Javier Báez who took home his first Gold Glove award of his career for his 2020 season performance. He was the second Cubs player to get honors after Rizzo was announced as the first base winner. Báez
Up next is third basemen; in the AL, Isiah Kiner-Falefa won his first Gold Glove award in his third season with the Texas Rangers. Kiner-Falefa made five errors at third base, finishing the 2020 season with a .957 fielding percentage for the Rangers. In the NL, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado continued his dominance, winning his eighth Gold Glove award. Arenado only made three errors during the 2020 season, posting a .982 fielding percentage for the Rockies.
Moving into the outfield, Alex Gordon took home the honors for left fielder in the AL. Gordon goes out on a high note; he announced his retirement from the big leagues after fourteen years with the Royals organization. He wins his eighth Gold Glove award for his 2020 season performance. In the NL, Cardinals outfielder Tyler O’Neill won his first Gold Glove award in his third season in the big leagues.
It was Luis Robert in the AL and Trent Grisham in the NL who each took home their first Gold Glove awards for centerfielders. Robert, the Chicago White Sox rookie, appeared to settle in nicely as their centerfielder during the 2020 season. For the San Diego Padres, Grisham was able to settle in nicely in a new home after being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Padres before the 2020 season began. Both put on a show defensively and took home their first honors for the award.
In right field, another Rangers player took home some hardware as Joey Gallo was the representative in the AL. Gallo took home his first Gold Glove award for his 2020 season performance, but in the NL, it was a different story. 2020 World Series champion Mookie Betts took home his fifth Gold Glove award as the Dodgers right fielder. He is also in the running for the 2020 MVP award, this time in the National League after winning it in the AL for his 2018 season performance.
Rounding things out with pitchers and catchers, Roberto Pérez took home his second award for his defense. He excelled behind the plate in 2020 and was rewarded for it with some hardware. In the NL, it was Tucker Barnhart of the Cincinnati Reds who also took home his second Gold Glove award for his 2020 performance.
For pitchers, in the AL, it was Griffin Canning of the Los Angeles Angels who took home the honors in just his second season in the big leagues. In the NL, Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves wins his first Gold Glove award as a pitcher in his fourth season in the big leagues.
As the Gold Glove awards were wrapped up, the big-time hardware gets handed out next week; stay tuned for more award announcements from the 2020 Major League Baseball season.