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.
- Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants
- Yadier Molina – St. Louis Cardinals
- Jonathan Lucroy – Brewers/Rangers
- Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs
- Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Adam Wainwright – St. Louis Cardinals
- Wil Myers – San Diego Padres
- Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona D-Backs
- Anthony Rizzo – Chicago Cubs
- D.J. LeMahieu – Colorado Rockies
- Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants
- Jean Segura – Arizona Diamondbacks
- Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies
- Anthony Rendon – Washington Nationals
- Justin Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
- Freddy Galvis – Philadelphia Phillies
- Brandon Crawford – San Francisco Giants
- Addison Russell – Chicago Cubs
- Christian Yelich – Miami Marlins
- Adam Duvall – Cincinnati Reds
- Starling Marte – Pittsburgh Pirates
- Billy Hamilton – Cincinnati Reds
- Odubel Herrera – Philadephia Phillies
- Ender Inciarte – Atlanta Braves
- 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.