Rawling Sports announced the 2013 Gold Glove Award finalists today, and unsurprisingly, most of the Yankees didn’t hit enough to make the list. Robinson Cano was the only Yankee to make it to the finals, and he’ll have to beat out his fellow AL East competition in Dustin Pedroia and Ben Zobrist.
Though this wasn’t his best defensive year, Brett Gardner was yet again held out of the awards. Gardner has been baseball’s best outfielder for the last five years according to a ton of defensive statistics, and his only real competition out there has been Gerardo Parra, who won just 1 gold glove in 2011. Chris Stewart was also one of the best American League defensive catchers according to most metrics, even though they don’t take into account pitch framing. Some numbers also loved Ichiro Suzuki in right field. Alas, as I mentioned earlier, none of these players hit enough to win such awards. I know these awards should go to the best fielders, but this is much more of a popularity contest than anything. I find the Fielding Bible Defensive Awards are more accurate, though it doesn’t look like anyone other than Cano is a contender there either.