Quick Hit: Brett Gardner, the Gold Glover

Last night, in the midst of the chaos that was Election Day, Major League Baseball announced its Gold Glove winners. Why they scheduled this for a day so swamped with the news being so inundated with far more important news is beyond me. Regardless, the winners are:

American League

  • P - Dallas Keuchel
  • C - Sal Perez
  • 1B - Mitch Moreland
  • 2B - Ian Kinsler
  • 3B - Adrian Beltre
  • SS - Francisco Lindor
  • LF - Brett Gardner
  • CF - Kevin Kiermaier
  • RF - Mookie Betts

National League

  • P - Zack Greinke
  • C - Buster Posey
  • 1B - Anthony Rizzo
  • 2B - Joe Panik
  • 3B - Nolan Arenado
  • SS - Brandon Crawford
  • LF - Starling Marte
  • CF - Ender Inciarte
  • RF - Jason Heyward

Gardner is the first Yankee to win a Gold Glove since 2012 (when both Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano took home the hardware), and it is certainly cool to see him receive this recognition. He post his best DRS and UZR/150 since his abbreviated 2012 season, and reversed a three year decline in advanced defensive metrics. August Fagerstrom of FanGraphs cobbled together a tDEF metric, which combined DRS, UZR and FRAA to determine the Gold Glovers by the numbers at each position. Gardner finished second in that rating, just behind Colby Rasmus (who played 500-plus fewer innings in LF) - so this seems justified, to boot.