Four Red Sox among finalists for Gold Gloves
Four Red Sox players were finalists at their respective position for American League Gold Gloves: right fielder Mookie Betts, first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia, and pitcher Chris Sale.
Betts and Moreland won last season. Pedroia is a four-time winner, the last time in 2014. Sale is a first-time finalist.
The winners will be announced on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
Moreland is a finalist with Eric Hosmer (Royals) and Carlos Santana (Indians). Pedroia is competing against Brian Dozier (Twins) and Ian Kinsler (Tigers).
Kole Calhoun (Angels) and Aaron Judge (Yankees) are the other finalists in right field. Alex Cobb (Rays) and Marcus Stroman (Blue Jays) were the other pitcher finalists.
Betts was second in the majors with 31 defensive runs saved and would seem to be a lock to win again. Judge had nine and Calhoun two.
But the Gold Gloves are often hard to fathom. Managers and coaches vote before the end of the season and there is a statistical component that accounts for roughly 25 percent of the determination.
That Jackie Bradley Jr. was not a finalist is curious. Byron Buxton of the Twins and Kevin Pillar of the Blue Jays were selected, but Bradley was snubbed in favor of Kansas City’s Lorenzo Cain.
In both conventional and advanced statistics, Bradley graded out a better fielder than Cain. Bradley was finalist in 2014 and ’16.