The Cleveland Indians have two Gold Glove winners this year and the voting is almost over for the 2019 Platinum Glove Award.
Cleveland Indians have one more task to complete before settling in and accepting that it is, indeed, Christmas season.
Voting for the Platinum Glove Award is open through tomorrow and fans have the chance to vote for the top defensive player in the American League. The candidates are all the Gold Glove winners, which means Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez are up for the award.
Frankie has actually won the award before, doing so back in 2016. The award has only been around since 2011.
While Frankie is a local hero and is in the running for the award I have to put my full endorsement behind Perez. The catcher led the league in defensive WAR and won a Gold Glove while fighting with terrible pain in his ankle all season.
The award is voted on by fans which means sometimes the best player won’t always win. If Perez does not win, that will be true in this instance.
The crazy thing is that Perez should only get better in 2020 with more experience and if he is fully healthy. He helped guide a pitching staff dealing with injuries and inexperience and surely elevated the games of everyone who took the mound. Maybe Aaron Civale and Zach Plesac don’t have such smooth rookies years if Perez is not behind the plate.
I am casting my vote for Perez and I hope others do the same. He deserves to win and as much as everyone loves Lindor, Perez is the true Platinum man in 2019.
Though if he doesn’t win we will all have something to complain about on Twitter. That keeps the social media machine churning through these cold and dark months.