Judge and Gardner: Gold Glove Finalists

This afternoon Rawlings released the three finalists for the AL and NL Gold Glove awards at every position. Two Yankees have made the list this year: Brett Gardner at Left Field, and Aaron Judge at Right Field.

If they win, this marks the first time the Yankees would have two OF take home the award since the Gold Glove was first awarded in 1957.

For Brett Gardner this marks his fourth year in a row in the Gold Glove Finalists position, having won his first last year. This year he is up against longtime "rival" Alex Gordon (Royals) and Justin Upton (Angels). This season Gardner had great fielding stats with a UZR of +7.1 and a DRS of +17. Both of these stats beat out last years numbers, (3.5 UZR and 12 DRS in 2016), but this award is yearly so let's see how he compares to Alex Gordon and Justin Upton.

(Green means that this player was highest in the stat, Yellow = Middle, Red = Worst of the three)

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Looking here, it looks like Gardner should be able to defend his title (no pun intended) once again, as he goes into the 2018 baseball season. 

For Aaron Judge, this is obviously his first season as a finalist for a Gold Glove Award. This year he is up against Mookie Betts (Red Sox) and Kole Calhoun (Angels). Let's take a look at the chart to see how he compares:

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Unfortunately for Judge, this seems like it's guaranteed to go to Mookie Betts. Alas, that's the unfortunate circumstance in playing the same position as a defensive wizard.

I do think Gardner will win it again this year as Alex Gordon is his main competitor and the difference in DRS to me seems to be too grand. But unfortunately for Judge, this just seems like another award that he is so close to but won't be selected as the winner.

Awards will be announced on November 7th.

And, I'll leave you with my favorite Gardner catch of the year.