Rizzo Tarp Catch 2

Rawlings Sports has just announced their Gold Glove Award finalists for the various positions across the diamond, and a number of Cubs have made the cut. In the interest of getting the NL (and Cub) finalists in front of you, we’ll do a finalst tweet drop below.

In the coming days and weeks, then, we can take a deeper look at the Cubs individual chances of taking home some more awards.

Let’s start with the battery, move to the infield, and finally end in the outfield.

Catcher:

  • Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
  • Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
  • Jonathan Lucroy – Brewers/Rangers

Pitcher:

  • Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs
  • Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals


First Base:

  • Wil Myers – San Diego Padres
  • Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona D-Backs
  • Anthony Rizzo  – Chicago Cubs

Second Base:

  • D.J. LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
  • Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
  • Jean Segura – Arizona Diamondbacks

Third Base:

  • Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
  • Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
  • Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers

Shortstop:

  • Freddy Galvis – Philadelphia Phillies
  • Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
  • Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs


Left Field:

  • Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins
  • Adam Duvall – Cincinnati Reds
  • Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates

Center Field:

  • Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
  • Odubel Herrera – Philadephia Phillies
  • Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves

Right Field:

  • Nick Markakis – Atlanta Braves
  • Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies
  • Jason Heyward – Chicago Cubs


All in all, the Chicago Cubs have four gold glove finalists – Jake Arrieta (P) Anthony Rizzo (1B), Addison Russell (SS), and Jason Heyward (RF) – which is the highest total in the NL (although, given their historically good defense in 2016, that may have been somewhat expected).

That said, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the same names right there again next year, with the addition of Javy Baez (who would have certainly been nominated – and a favorite – had he completed a few more innings at second base (although, he technically did qualify, but whatever)), Willson Contreras, and even Albert Almora.

This Cubs team has a fantastic offense, but their defense is also top notch. Hopefully, the voting plays out that way, and the Cubs take home a bunch of hardware.




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