3 Royals honored with Gold Glove awards; Cain cracks top 3 for MVP

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals had four players qualify as Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists, and three walked away with the prize at their position. Catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer repeated as Gold Glove winners, and shortstop Alcides Escobar won his first award.

Alex Gordon was the sole Royals’ finalist not to win, and a midseason groin injury probably cost him his fifth-consecutive Gold Glove. Instead, former Detroit Tigers’ left fielder Yoenis Cespedes took the honor. Despite finishing the season for the New York Mets, Cespedes qualified during the 102 games he played in Detroit before he was traded.

Both Hosmer and Perez won their third Gold Glove on Tuesday.

Lorenzo Cain named a finalist for Most Valuable Player

One player who had an argument to be a Gold Glove finalist but wasn’t selected was center fielder Lorenzo Cain. However, his contribution to the World Series winning Royals was recognized as he is one of three finalists for the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award.

Cain, as well as Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim center fielder Mike Trout are the three players up for the award. The competition is stout, as Trout finished second in baseball in Wins Above Replacement, posting a  9.39. Donaldson was fourth in MLB with 8.81 and Cain finished 11th with 7.21.

The winner will be announced on November 19.