The fourth-annual Rawlings Platinum Glove Awards were announced last night, recognizing the best defensive player in each league. Royals left fielder Alex Gordon took home the honors for the American League while Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won the award for the National League.
Only those won the 2014 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were eligible for the Platinum Glove Award. The winners were determined by a combination of a fan vote and SABR’s Defensive Index metric.
Mark Newman of MLB.com writes that Gordon finished with 21.6 percent of the vote in the AL, topping teammate Salvador Perez (15.9 percent) and Dustin Pedroia (13.2 percent). Things were a bit closer in the National League, as Molina got 20.6 percent vote, just ahead of Mets center fielder Juan Lagares (17.7 percent), and Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons (15.5).
This is Molina’s third Platinum Glove Award in the four-year history of the award. Simmons won for the National League last year.
The Comeback Player of the Year Award: the one award you never want to have to be a candidate for and, if you are, the award you never want to win twice.
Major League Baseball has announced its Comeback Players of the year: Casey McGehee of the Marlins and Chris Young of the Mariners.
McGehee took the go-away-and-then-return route to winning the award, spending last year with the Rakuten Golden Eagles. This year he was excellent, hitting .287 with 29 doubles, four home runs, 76 RBI and 56 runs scored. Young didn’t pitch at all in the majors in 2013 but came back to go 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA over 30 games.
Good job guys. Here’s hoping you’re never serious candidates for the award again.