Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez is getting all the awards this offseason for how great he played behind the plate in 2019.
First it was a Fielding Bible Award. Then came the Gold Glove Award, followed by calls for a Platinum Glove.
Cleveland Indians fans saw Roberto Perez win another award this week as he was named the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. Not just the best catcher of the year. The best overall player of the year.
The league leader in defensive WAR deserves all the awards and all the recognition. As we have written before, he played the whole season with terrible pain in his ankle. For those not in the know, ankle pain is not easy for a catcher to deal with. Yet here we are talking about how great Perez played all year.
There is still one more award to be won and that is the Platinum Glove Award. The only difference is that while the other awards have focused on his advanced metrics, the Platinum Glove is all about the fan vote.
It is currently snowing in Northeast Ohio and the countdown to baseball is officially on if only to bring back thoughts of 9 o’clock sunsets and warm nights at Progressive Field. In the meantime, we can at least be happy for a quality player and a quality human being like Roberto Perez.
He deserves all of this.