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2019 Gold Glove Award winners announced; Lorenzo Cain finally included

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The winners of the 2019 Gold Glove Award were announced on ESPN over the course of the past hour. In case you missed it, here they are:

American League

C: Roberto Pérez, Indians (1st career Gold Glove)
1B: Matt Olson, Athletics (2nd career Gold Glove)
2B: Yolmer Sánchez, White Sox (1st career Gold Glove)
3B: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2nd career Gold Glove)
SS: Francisco Lindor, Indians (2nd career Gold Glove)
LF: Alex Gordon, Royals (7th career Gold Glove)
CF: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3rd career Gold Glove)
RF: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4th career Gold Glove)
P: Mike Leake, Mariners (1st career Gold Glove)

The Athletics have now won Gold Gloves at the infield corners in two consecutive seasons thanks to Olson and Chapman. As long as they both wear the green and gold, there’s no reason to think that will change anytime soon.

Lindor got the hardware over Andrelton Simmons at shortstop. Simmons missed time with an injury. Had he been healthy, he likely would’ve won at the position for the third consecutive year.

Gordon earns a Gold Glove for the seventh time, including his last three consecutively. The Royals declined his 2020 option nevertheless, but he could re-sign with the team at a lower price point.

The legendary Mike Trout has won all kinds of awards, but still never a Gold Glove.

National League

C: J.T. Realmuto, Phillies (1st career Gold Glove)
1B: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (3rd career Gold Glove)
2B: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1st career Gold Glove)
3B: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7th career Gold Glove)
SS: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (2nd career Gold Glove)
LF: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1st career Gold Glove)
CF: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1st career Gold Glove)
RF: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1st career Gold Glove)
P: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks (6th career Gold Glove)

Arenado wins the award at third base for a seventh consecutive year. As MLB.com’s Sarah Langs notes, the only other player to start his career by winning at least seven consecutive Gold Gloves is Ichiro Suzuki, who did it in the first 10 seasons of his career.

It’s good to see Cain finally win a Gold Glove Award. He deserved it in past years, including when he was with the Royals, but the competition has notably been steep.

Interesting to see that both pitchers who won Gold Gloves were traded midseason to the other league. Game 7 of the World Series highlighted Greinke’s defensive brilliance. No Astros and no Nationals won Gold Gloves, at least on behalf of those teams.

If you missed the finalists — three named at each position — you can find them here.

Rays’ Erik Neander named Executive of the Year

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At the GM meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona on Monday, Rays GM Erik Neander was named the recipient of Major League Baseball’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2019 season. The Yankees’ Brian Cashman was the runner-up while the Athletics’ Billy Beane and the Twins’ Derek Falvey tied for third place.

Neander has worked for the Rays since 2017 but has operated in his current role since November 2016, taking over for Matthew Silverman who was promoted to president of the Rays alongside Brian Auld.

The Rays had, by far, the lowest payroll in baseball at $53.5 million, according to USA TODAY. Neander’s peers voting him Executive of the Year on the same today the league had to curtail its awarding of a prize belt to the team that suppressed salaries the most in arbitration is… certainly interesting timing.

At any rate, Neander’s Rays went 96-66 in 2019, finishing in second place in the AL East behind the 103-59 Yankees. The Rays claimed the second AL Wild Card and defeated the A’s to earn entry into the ALDS where they lost in five games to the Astros. It was the Rays’ first playoff appearance since 2013 and their regular season win total was second-most in franchise history behind the 2008 team (97).