Josh Reddick And Yoenis Cespedes Among A.L. Gold Glove Finalists
Reddick is no stranger to Gold Glove consideration, as the right fielder took home the honor after his stellar 2012 season. 2013 was more of a grind for Reddick offensively, but his defense remained as strong as ever. In 113 games, Reddick posted a .981 fielding percentage and only committed five errors on the season. He also contributed nine outfield assists, as some base runners still haven’t gotten the memo that you aren’t supposed to run on Reddick and his accurate, powerful throwing arm.
While Reddick’s nomination is nothing surprising, it is a bit interesting that Cespedes received a nod for his play in left field (and occasionally center, where he filled in for Coco Crisp occasionally). Cespedes, who also possesses a strong throwing arm, doesn’t usually have the same presence in the outfield as Reddick. Perhaps that led to Cespedes picking up 10 outfield assists of his own in 2013, spread across his 108 games in the outfield.
A curious omission from the Gold Glove nominees list is A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson. Donaldson, who was a rather surprising snub from the A.L. All-Star Team, was equally passed over for the third base Gold Glove race. Donaldson, 27, had a gigantic 2013 season offensively, ending with a line of .301/.384/.499 in 158 games for the Green & Gold.
Donaldson, while playing in the spacious O. co Coliseum (with its plentiful foul territory), made a number of incredibly impressive defensive plays on the season. His fielding percentage of .961 bested that of nominee Adrian Beltre (.959), though other nominees Manny Machado (.973) of the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Rays‘ Evan Longoria (.972) posted better numbers than Donaldson in that area of focus.
Though Donaldson’s penchant for dramatic defensive plays and his fielding percentage seem to present a strong case for Gold Glove consideration, MLB did use a more sabermetric-based system of evaluating players this time around – and that method seems to have omitted him from the conversation.
As a result, Donaldson was left on the outside looking in – just as he was back in July when the American League All-Stars were announced.
Gold Glove Award winners will be announced on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN 2.