Cleveland Indians fans were shown some great defense in 2018 and that is being reflected in the nominations for the 2018 Gold Glove Awards.
The Cleveland Indians had questions on defense in 2018, but those always came in the outfield.
See Jason Kipnis in center field for a clear explanation of what I mean.
The infield featured one of the best duos in baseball, and apparently another duo on defense that is elite. Except the latter only teamed up once every five days.
The elite talent was reflected in the Gold Glove nominations announced earlier today:
Francisco Lindor is the only player of the four who has won the award before. Jose Ramirez, Yan Gomes and Corey Kluber are all looking to add some new hardware to their personal trophy cases this offseason.
Lindor seems to be a lock to be a finalist every single year, while it is fair to say the same of Gomes as well. Ramirez is a tricky choice due to him switching positions throughout the year, but clearly he did enough at third base to set himself apart as one of the best.
I wrote an article earlier today going over when the individual awards will be announced, and the Gold Glove Award winners will be revealed November 4. So the wait isn’t too long.
These awards kick off the award season as a whole. And along with the Silver Sluggers, the Gold Gloves may be the best chance for an Indians player to win an award.
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So this is the focus this time of year. Not the October we all hoped for but I suppose it is better than talking about a team without any award finalists.