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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.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.