darwin barney gold gloveThe Rawlings Gold Glove finalists are out, and, for the first time in a little while, there are no Chicago Cubs on the list.

Here they are:

AL Pitchers

Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel

NL Pitchers

Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright

AL Catchers

Salvador Perez, Alex Avila, Yan Gomes

NL Catchers

Jonathan Lucroy, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina

AL First Base

Miguel Cabrera, Eric Hosmer, Albert Pujols

NL First Base

Adrian Gonzalez, Adam LaRoche, Justin Morneau

AL Second Base

Dustin Pedroia, Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler

NL Second Base

Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley, DJ Lemahieu

AL Third Base

Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager

NL Third Base

Nolan Arenado, Pablo Sandoval, Juan Uribe

AL Shortstop

Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez

NL Shortstop

Zack Cozart, Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons

AL Left Field

Michael Brantley, Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon

NL Left Field

Starling Marte, Justin Upton, Christian Yelich

AL Center Field

Jackie Bradley Jr., Adam Eaton, Adam Jones

NL Center Field

Billy Hamilton, Juan Lagares, Denard Span

AL Right Field

Kole Calhoun, Kevin Kiermaier, Nick Markakis

NL Right Field

Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra, Giancarlo Stanton

You’ll notice the usual spillover of offense into the finalists (which are made up of votes from managers/coaches (75%) and SABR (25%)). But one spot where there clearly wasn’t offensive spillover was at first base, which was the only realistic shot the Cubs had at a Gold Glove finalist.

Did Anthony Rizzo deserve to be in the top three? Well, you can look at the defensive leaders at first base this year, and see what you can ferret out from the advanced statistics. By UZR/150, Rizzo was the best defensive first baseman in the NL. Justin Morneau, one of the finalists, was second. Adrian Gonzalez, another finalist, was third. Adam LaRoche, the third finalist … was dead last. Indeed, he was also dead last in total defensive value, per FanGraphs, where Rizzo trailed only Morneau. Rizzo had more errors (9) than the other three (Morneau, 4, and Gonzalez and LaRoche, 7) … but who cares? We all know that’s a poor way to evaluate defensive value. By Defensive Runs Saved, Rizzo (6) trailed Matt Adams (8), Justin Morneau (8), and Adrian Gonzalez (12).



I won’t pretend to have enough eyes-on experience with the other guys to tell you much beyond the numbers, but it sure looks like Rizzo got screwed here. Gonzalez and Morneau look like fair selections, but LaRoche is a total head-scratcher.

The winners are announced Thursday, November 4.




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