KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three Kansas City Royals who are no strangers to defensive accolades are once again Rawlings Gold Glove Award finalists. Left fielder Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and first baseman Eric Hosmer were named the best among their positions on Thursday, and each look to add another gold glove to their respective collections.
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Notably absent from the finalists list is defending gold glover Alcides Escobar at shortstop. While his defense didn’t really decline from 2015 to 2016, the three selected all had exemplary years. Jose Iglesias, Francisco Lindor and Andrelton Simmons all finished among the American League’s top 5 in traditional fielding percentage and the sabermetric measure of ultimate zone rating.
Both Hosmer and Perez are looking to win their fourth gold glove in a row, and Gordon is looking to win a fifth in six years.
Perez will be the favorite at catcher after leading the American League in fielding percentage, assists and runners caught stealing in addition to defensive runs saved.
Hosmer faces a challenge from Texas Rangers’ first baseman Mitch Moreland, who led the league in fielding percentage and had four fewer errors, though Moreland also had about 200 fewer chances.
Gordon stands a good chance to win, leading the league among left fielders in fielding percentage, UZR and defensive runs above average. In addition to his gold gloves, Gordon also won a Platinum Glove Award as voted on by the fans in 2014.
The winners will be announced on November 8 on ESPN at 7 p.m. local time.