These themes continued at the 2022 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards in a year remembered for breaking records and breaking milestones. The winner was announced on “Baseball Tonight” before Game 3 of the World Series between the Astros and Phillies on Tuesday. On ESPN2, his record 14 first-time winners earned Defensive Player of the Year honors at each position (the old mark was 11, both in 2020 and in his 1958 when the award was established). recorded).
Although two awards were added this year (due to the introduction of the new utility player category), the new record surpassed the previous mark by three. In addition, in the American League he has nine first-time winners, his most in a single year in a single league (previous marks were he in 1990 and he had seven in 2020; both he was AL). He has three rookie winners this year, setting a new record, surpassing his two in 2020.
Here are the 2022 Gold Glove Award winners:
Catchers: JT Realmute, Phillies
Real Muto had yet another great defensive campaign for Philadelphia before even more prominently impressing with his prowess at the plate behind the plate during this postseason. The 31-year-old leads all eligible MLB catchers with a 44% stolen base percentage, and it’s the second time he’s led a major in that division (he also had 47% in 2019). He also led all his NL catchers with 11 DRS. This year’s honor is for Real Muto his second career Gold His Glove Award (2019), and he is the only Phillies player since shortstop Jimmy Rollins in 2012 to win the award.
First baseman: Christian Walker, D-backs
Walker has quietly put together a great 2022 season, both at bat and on defense. He hit a career-high 36 home runs this year, posting his OPS of . Easily led the MLB first baseman. This is Walker’s first ever Gold Glove Award, and he is his second as a Bucks first baseman to win, after Paul Goldschmidt (2013, 15, 17).
Second baseman: Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers
Rogers is one of the big surprises among the Gold Glove winners. Not only did he easily lead all second basemen in the MLB with his 22 at-bats in his DRS, but he was second among all players in that category, leading Pirates third baseman Kebrian Hayes. He was second after (twenty four). Rodgers did just that despite some struggles on the field, especially in the first half of the season.
Shortstop: Dansby Swanson (Braves)
In addition to being named to his first All-Star Team in 2022, Swanson also earned his first career Gold Glove Award, becoming only the third shortstop in Braves history to win a Gold Glove Award (Andrelton Simmons said 2013 and 14). Swanson led all NL players with an above-average 21 outs, an increase of 19 from his 2021 total.
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Cardinals
Arenado won his 10th Gold Glove in 10 major league seasons, tying Ichiro for the most consecutive Gold Gloves to start his MLB career. Arenado also tied with Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt for the second-most Gold Gloves in major league history. Arenado led all third basemen in the ultimate zone with his rating of 13, his second-best behind Hayes with 15 outs.
Left Field: Ian Happ, Cubs
Another first-time winner, Happ became only the fourth outfielder in Cubs history to win a Gold Glove Award, joining Jason Hayward (2016-17), Andre Dawson (1987-88) and Bob Dahnier (1984). Awarded. Happ’s 8.3 UZR was the best of all his MLB left fielders.
Center field: Trent Grisham, Padres
Grisham helped the Padres advance to the NLCS with an amazing power surge last month, but before that he was averaging 17 outs in the regular season and tied for MLB lead with D-backs’ Dalton Vasho. It was Grisham’s second Gold Glove of his career, and he also earned it as a center fielder in 2020, making the 26-year-old Grisham the only Padres player since his 2012 third baseman Chase Headley. It has won a Gold Glove Award.
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Dodgers
Betts led all MLB right fielders with 15 DRS, which measures a player’s range and ability to convert batted balls into outs. His latest Gold His Glove award is his sixth in his career, after 2016-2020 he won the honor five years in a row. He is the fourth outfielder to win multiple Gold Gloves in Dodgers history, along with Willie Davis (3), Raul Mondesi (2), and Matt Kemp (2).
Pitcher: Max Freed, Braves
Freed won the NL Gold Glove Award for Best Pitcher for the third year in a row. Freed is one of only three pitchers in Braves history to win multiple Gold Gloves. Others include Hall of Famers Greg Maddux (10) and Phil Niekro (5). In 185 1/3 innings pitched during the regular season, Freed had 42 fielding chances and only one error.
Utility Player: Brendan Donovan, Cardinals
Grab a Trivia Book — Donovan is the first NL player to win a Utility Gold Glove. The 25-year-old swiss Swiss in St. Louis. He was particularly good at third base whenever he filled his Glover his Arena for his 10th inning, and in just 189 innings at that position he had eight DRS.
Catcher: Jose Trevino (Yankees)
Trevino is only the third player in Yankees history to win a Gold Glove at the catcher position, joining Thurman Manson (1973-75) and Elston Howard (1963-64). Trevino led all catchers in the major leagues with 21 defensive runs saved. This was the third most defensive runs saved in baseball, regardless of his position.
First Baseman: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays
Guerrero is also a first-time Gold Glove winner. He scored 3 DRS (his career-best) at first base in Toronto and also became the first player in franchise history to win the award at first base. It is his second straight year that a Blue Jays fielder has won a Gold Glove in 15 years (last year Marcus Semien won at second base).
Second baseman: Andrés Jimenez, Guardians
Jimenez enjoyed a breakout season in his 2022 at-bat, batting .837 with 17 home runs and 20 stolen bases, but he also shone defensively, earning his first gold glove. The 24-year-old led all second basemen in the AL with his 16 DRS and also had 12 above-average outs, according to Statcast. He is his third Cleveland player to win a Gold Glove at second base, after Cesar Hernández (2020) and Roberto Alomar (1999-2001).
Shortstop: Jeremy Pena (Astros)
Not only did Peña introduce himself to the wider world of baseball, hitting a big home run in the 18th inning of Game 3 of the AL Division Series against the Mariners, but it also followed up with MVP honors in the AL Championship Series against the Yankees. rice field. The 25-year-old rookie has added a Gold Glove to his resume. Peña finished the regular season with the most DRS of any MLB shortstop, alongside Miguel Rojas of the Marlins. He joins his successors Carlos Correa (2021) and Roger Metzger (1973). Pena became the first rookie shortstop to win a Gold Glove, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Third base: Ramon Urias (Orioles)
The Orioles surprised baseball with an 83-win season, and Urias played a key role in Baltimore’s success. He also won a Gold Glove for the first time, the first time the Orioles won a Gold Glove since Manny Machado won at third base in 2015. , led all AL third basemen with 14 DRS in ’22. He also lined up with the Yankees’ Josh Donaldson for his 7 outs for the highest number of outs averaged in a corner in the AL’s Hots.
Left Field: Stephen Kwan, Guardians
Another surprise team this year, the AL Central champion Guardians had a rookie left fielder who contributed on both offense and defense and was key to their unexpected surge. Miles Straw also won his Glove Award for Gold, making it the first time a Cleveland outfielder has won both of his awards at the same time. On defense, Kwan led all his MLB left fielders, with 21 DRS and his 10 outs above average. According to Elias, he is the first Cleveland rookie to win a Gold Glove. Kwan also became the fifth rookie outfielder to receive the honor, joining Tommy Agee (1966), Fred Lynn (1975), Ichiro Suzuki (2001) and Louis Robert (2020).
Center field: Miles Straw, Guardians
The 28-year-old Straw led all MLB center fielders with an 8.0 ultimate zone rating. He also led his AL center field with his above-average 13 outs. Before Kwan and Straw this year, the latest Cleveland outfielder to win a Gold Glove Award was Grady Sizemore in 2008.
Right Field: Kyle Tucker (Astros)
860 OPS and 60 home runs over the last two seasons, Tucker has also shown to be a great right fielder. He led his AL right fielder in his DRS 13 times and won his first ever Gold Glove award of his career, following Michael Bourne (2009-10) and Cesar Cedeno (1972-76). became the only Astros outfielder to ever win the honor.
Pitcher: Shane Bieber of the Guardians
Bieber is the first pitcher in Cleveland history to win a Gold Glove Award and combines excellent defense on the mound with his typical prowess on the mound. He now has honors to his resume that include a 2019 All-Star His Game MVP Award and a ’20 AL Cy Young Award. With a quartet of Bieber, Gimenez, Kwan, and Straw, Cleveland won four Gold Gloves in the same year, and in 2000 he marked three sets (second baseman Alomar, shortstop Omar Vizquel, and third baseman Travis Freiman). and set a franchise record. .
Utility Players: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees
Bring back those trivia books: LeMahieu is the first AL Utility Player Gold Glove winner. Though he was limited to 125 games due to injury, he still spent a good amount of time in three infielders, playing 35 games at first base, 41 at second base, and 47 at third base. He ranked 11th among all third basemen in the MLB with two outs in the first and second, respectively, and four outs in the third. LeMahieu knows the Gold Glove Awards well. This is his fourth time for him, but his first since 2018 with the Rockies. He is also the first Yankees player to win a Gold Glove since 2016 left fielder Brett He Gardner.