With the baseball season reaching its end, individual regular-season awards have begun to be announced. The Cleveland Guardians have taken home some serious hardware already with center fielder Myles Straw and left fielder Steven Kwan being named as the top fielders at their positions by the Fielding Bible. On the heels of the Fielding Bible awards, five Guardians were named as finalists for Gold Glove Awards.
While the Fielding Bible awards are determined by a panel of 15 experts, the Gold Glove is a combination of votes from managers and coaches along with the SABR Defensive Index.
Four of the five Guardians nominated won the Gold Glove award, which is a record for Cleveland. Their previous high was three winners in 2000, when shortstop Omar Vizquel, second baseman Roberto Alomar Jr. and third baseman Travis Fryman all won.
Let’s take a deeper look at the winners this year: