The finalists for the American League Gold Glove Awards were announced and three Cleveland Indians were named, but how likely are they to win?
On Thursday, Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced the three finalists at each position for the 2020 Gold Glove Awards. Of those named, the Cleveland Indians saw three players make the short list of finalists, being starting pitcher Zach Plesac, catcher Roberto Perez and second baseman Cesar Hernandez.
While the Indians have three finalists this year, they are no stranger to the Gold Glove Awards. Following the 2019 season, the Indians had two players take home Gold Gloves, ending a drought of two years with the most recent before that being Francisco Lindor in 2016. However, before last year, the last time the Indians had two award winners in the same season was in 2001 when the double play duo of Roberto Alomar and Omar Vizquel both collected hardware. The year before, in 2000, the Indians saw a trio named Gold Glove winners, also being Alomar and Vizquel who were joined by fellow infielder Travis Fryman.
The Cleveland Indians have the opportunity to see multiple players on the roster win a Gold Glove for the second consecutive season, but there’s another accolade that could be achieved. Being nominated this year after winning it last year, Roberto Perez could become the Tribe’s first back-to-back Gold Glove Award winner since Grady Sizemore in 2007 and 2008.
Being named a finalist is a great honor, receiving recognition for outstanding play in the field, but the goal is to win the award. While the Indians have three nominees, Plesac and Perez are each one of three finalists at their positions while Hernandez is one of four.
Fans of the Tribe know what the trio of finalists were able to do during the season in the field, but the short lists of finalists will be tight races at each position. It remains to be seen if the resumes of the three will be enough to win the award, so let’s take a closer look at how they stack up against the others. The winners of the Gold Glove Awards will be announced a little over a week from the time this was written, being on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m.